Matthew Halsall and The Gondwana Orchestra – Into Forever at Ropery Hall

A very special concert from acclaimed trumpeter, composer and bandleader Matthew Halsall and the remarkable Eastern-tinged, hard grooving Gondwana Orchestra awaits those heading to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall on Friday, October 2.

“The evening features a string quartet and very special guest vocalist Josephine Oniyama, so expect an unforgettable night of soulful, string-laden, and deeply spiritual jazz,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.  

“Matthew is one of the brightest stars on the UK jazz scene and with five albums already under his belt, his languid, soulful and deeply expressive playing has won him a legion of fans with critical praise from everyone from Jamie Cullum and Gilles Peterson to Jazz FM, Mojo Magazine, The Guardian, BBC6 Music and many more,” she went on.

“His album When The World Was One was the iTunes jazz album of the year 2014.”

Always pushing boundaries, Malcolm’s music blends his love of the modal jazz of John and Alice Coltrane and Eastern music with evocative, rain-streaked visions from his hometown of Manchester.  The result is a sublime spiritual jazz all of his own.

His latest album Into Forever, takes his sound still further, influenced by contemporary electronica and the classic Cadet recordings of Dorothy Ashby and psychedelic soul arrangements of Charles Stepney (Rotary Connection, Minnie Ripperton, Terry Callier).

Performing material from his new album alongside highlights from his back catalogue, tonight’s show, part of a Music Net Tour presented by Band on the Wall & Root Music, promises to be an evening of wonderful music in the company of some of the UK’s finest musicians.

The gig starts at 8pm and tickets cost £14 in advance or £16 on the door.  Advance tickets can be bought online from www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

 

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