Match And Fuse

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© Monika S Jakubowska
Alice Zawadzki

This year’s Match And Fuse festival features some incredible jazz and contemporary classical innovators across four venues, including Blue Eyed Hawk (listen out for the interplay between trumpeter Laura Jurd and superb vocalist Lauren Kinsella), Get The Blessing, Alexander Hawkins, Leafcutter John and Alice Zawadzki. The whole festival ends with a midnight gig in Gillett Square featuring the eclectic Eirik Tofte Match And Fuse Orchestra.

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Tamara B
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There were three great venues and much alcohol consumed! We started out at Café Oto to hear The Jist (NO) + Rachel Musson (UK). I really enjoyed the mix of crazy sucking noises and staccato squeaks coupled with a bass player in his own wiggly world and discordant saxophone sounds. My companion however said 'You know that feeling when you stand outside yourself and look down at yourself and think 'what have I become'? He encouraged me to drink up. He was a bit more into 'Interstatic' at Servants Jazz Quarters from Norway. They had a fantastic drummer! From there we went to the third venue called Vortex. By that point my blurry vision had fixated on some wall decorations. Shortly afterward I found myself extracting paper aliens from their sticky blue tack for my pinboard at home, trying to avoid making the whole alien edifice crash to the floor. We finished the evening back at Café Oto to listen to the interesting pairing of Leafcutter John + Isabel Sörling. They created interesting sound with vocals, electronics, lighters, and cutlery. My aliens made it safely to the pinboard, and it's not my only fond memory of the evening! What a great bunch of musicians and venues.