Alabaster Deplume’s ruthlessly creative approach to experimental pop music delivers eastern-influenced anthems, raucous energetic saxophone interludes and unique poetry that attempts to challenge and address divisive rhetoric recently prevalent in society.
“The guy absolutely blew my mind... album of the week for me” – Gilles Peterson, BBC 6music
An electronics master of both modular synth and Max/MSP who over the years has self-assembled quite the collection of bespoke controllers for his musical performances, the centrepiece of John’s current live show is an arresting light-activated interface which enables a torch-controlled live performance like no other.
Jumping off from the sonic springboard of Afrofuturism, grime and future soul, all fused together with the fearless spontaneity of jazz, and comprised of Ahnansé, members from Sons Of Kemet, Kokoroko, Triforce, Sawa Manga and the Cassie Kinochi’s SEED Ensemble, the Steam Down Orchestra are set to raise the roof of the Goods Shed on the Saturday of Jazz Stroud
Snazzback blend jazz, afrobeat, hip-hop and electronica into a cosmic melting pot. Fiery improvisation lies at the heart of the band’s ethos and their high energy live shows have helped build their reputation as one of the most exciting acts to come out of Bristol’s burgeoning music scene.
Repped by Gilles Peterson, RBMA, Sounds of The Universe and many more, rising mega-talent Emma-Jean Thackray wears many musical hats. As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader and DJ, she is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM or tearing it up on trumpet with her quartet. Recent solo release Ley Lines on The Vinyl Factory follows Emma-Jean’s acclaimed Walrus EP and maintains her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians in the business.
With a keen desire in improvisation, Vels Trio’s sound can be characterised by their heavy grooves, emotionally charged songwriting, coupled alongside expressive, progressive modern musicianship to create an excitingly frenetic, and irresistibly engaging live sound structures.
The Breath is guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer Ríoghnach Connolly. Based in Manchester, their unique take on alt-folk journeys from lush, beguiling storytelling to uplifting, punch-the-air anthems. At its heart is Rioghnach’ s deeply soulful, utterly engaging, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice alongside Stuart’s understated brilliance and their exquisitely crafted, personal songs
With support from:
Funk in Session house band
Burrda Legree: Imogen Dash:vocals, Oliver Green: drums, Stan Lear and Cameron Burr: guitar
Hot on the heels of their performance at Maida Vale for Gilles Peterson's U.K. Jazz special on BBC6music, Bristol based experimental electronic jazz outfit Ishmael Ensemble make their Stroud debut!
As a multi-instrumentalist and established DJ who divides his time between the club and the live circuit, Pete Cunningham defies categorisation. He initially bubbled up amongst an emergent class of young guns coming through the Wolf Music and Church stables, alongside Seb Wildblood, Medlar & Frits Wentink. With his name now established, Cunningham has brought his history of playing in bands around full circle and the latest stage of his career has taken shape to reflect this: enter Ishmael Ensemble.
2017 saw the Ishmael Ensemble’s first EP, Songs for Knotty, followed by a remix for Detroit techno demigod Carl Craig. These formative steps have become a sprint in 2018, as a string of 7”s entitled Severn Songs began flowing out across the year. The Bristol-inspired records variously bridge fleet-footed jazz, lush downtempo, modulated electronica, Fourth World tones, and all manner of stirring sonic swells. This overall thrum of activity shows a group bristling with confidence and itching to prise open new possibilities.
Tickets: £8 advance £9 otd
Tickets: £6 paper tickets - buy directly from our office or cafe at SVA, 4 John Street. Daytime opening times:Tues - Sat 10am-3pm, or during our evening events.
Top Live press quotes:
“Ishmael Ensemble's live set is an inspiration” Clash Magazine
“These guys just get better with every release” Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music
“Absolutely gorgeous” Tom Ravenscroft, BBC6 Music
“Beautiful music” Dan Snaith, Caribou
“Unfolds like a shimmering stone skipping across a lake. Gorgeous” XLR8R