OTL-Yorkston Thorne Khan
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm

In association with Moving on Music

Thursday 24 January, 8.00pm
Tickets £12.50

The second Yorkston/Thorne/Khan album was released by Domino in April and represents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists.

The combination is unusual: YTK’s Everything Sacred, released in 2016, may be the only precedent. Yet while, on paper, the constituent elements might seem disparate, the recent, hugely acclaimed album is, if anything, even more coherent than its predecessor.

It also basks in a truly magnificent title: Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars. Just don’t call it fusion.

Doors 7:30pm  | Unreserved Seating

Epicycle – Gyda Valtysdottir (mūm)
Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm

Gyða Valtýsdottir is the founding member of one of the biggest success stories in the history of Icelandic music, mūm. Her Epicycle project is the product of those teenage years and the time thereafter, honing and growing into the musician she is today.
Her live show features two of her esteemed and favourite collaborators Shazad Ismaily on synths, and Julian Sartorius on drums, complimenting her exquisite cello playing and effortless voice.
The trio brings levels of authority to the mythical pieces Gyða has chosen to perform, for the Epicycle live project, creating a sound that is haunting and magical.
Gyða’s post mūm years were well spent, returning to her roots and obtaining a double masters in classical cello, at Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, and Hochschule für Musik in Basel, all the while collaborating and exploring wherever possible.
The resulting Epicycle album features patient renditions from the two thousand year old ‘Seikilos Epitaph’, and the most modern, ‘God Music’ from George Crumb’s Black Angels, composed in 1970. Gyda’s musical journey has been led by curiosity and an open mind; a relentless search for the essence and deeper meaning of music. She explores Schubert and Schumann, Hildegard von Bingen, Olivier Messiaen, Harry Partch and Prokofiev along the way.

We are delighted to present this truly remarkable project as Gyða Valtýsdottir’s presents Epicycle.
Support: FEARS

Fears is Belfast based musician and producer Constance Keane. Combining reflective electronics, acoustic samples, and haunting vocals with organic visuals, Fears invites the listener on an ethereal journey.

The Comet is Coming
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm

The Comet is Coming
As Part of Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival
SAT 2 MAR | BLACK BOX | 8PM, £16 / £12 conc
Debuting music from their forthcoming Impulse! records release (March 2019) The Comet is Coming is the soundtrack to an imagined apocalypse.

In the aftermath of widespread sonic destruction what sounds remain? Who will lead the survivors to new sound worlds? Who will chart the new frontier?

In a warehouse somewhere in London 2013, a meeting would take place between three musical cosmonauts. They would pool their energies to build a vessel powerful enough to transport any party into outer space.

Brace yourself for The Comet is Coming as they kick off Brilliant Corners – a festival of jazz in Belfast, 2019

“Powered by Arkestral cosmic forces, The Comet Is Coming. Brace for impact” – The Guardian

“The Comet Is Coming embraces stargazing psychedelia on its maiden voyage, outfitting spacey synth arrangements with taut saxophone riffs that spiral off into the inky abyss” – Time Out, New York

Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm

Rhiannon Giddens voice/fiddle/banjo
Francesco Turrisi percussion/accordion/una corda

Grammy Award-winning songstress and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, and Italian jazz maestro Francesco Turrisi take you on a musical voyage of discovery from Africa and the Middle East across to Europe and the Americas. The duo discovered a shared creative ground after their paths crossed a few years back, spanning gospel, jazz, blues, country and folk.

Giddens’ debut album was described by the Guardian as a “solo debut of phenomenal vocal power, effortlessly jumping between gospel holler, tender folk song, and lachrymose country ballad”. Her star continues to rise with US TV performances on The Late Show and The Tonight Show, and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo.

The powerhouse singer’s versatility is matched by accordion and piano player Francesco Turrisi. Dubbed the “musical alchemist”, his lyrical, culture-bridging collaborations include early music, Balkan jazz and contemporary ensembles as well as performing with such luminaries as Bobby McFerrin, Dave Liebman, Wolfgang Muthspiel, The King’s Singers and flamenco master Pepe el Habichuela.

We are delighted to welcome this mesmerizing duo to Belfast on this, their first nationwide tour of Ireland. Come along!

“Her voice is a perpetually soulful marvel” – New York Times

 “Delicate, wistful, engrossing” – The Irish Times

 “Her songs are wise and deeply-felt, her singing powerful and refined” – Rolling Stone

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