Emilia Mårtensson Quintet
Fri 11 03 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Emilia Mårtensson Quintet
At Crookes Social Club, 8-10.45 pm
Emilia Mårtensson: vocals
Matt Robinson: piano
Adam Waldmann: sax
Sam Lasserson: bass
Adriano Adewale: percussion
Highly original vocalist Emilia Mårtensson, whose music crosses the borders between Scandinavian folk, jazz and art pop, brings her new band to Crookes after a great gig here in early 2020. The haunting, ethereal tones of her voice and the dark melancholy of her story telling has earned Emilia a well-deserved reputation as one of the most original vocalists on the UK jazz scene and Vocalist of the Year in the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Her gentle expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and the countryside of her native southern Sweden, adding to the mystique and allure of a distinctive and truly original artist.
In her early years Emilia Mårtensson immersed herself in the recordings of jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Anita O’Day and with a group of friends played live jazz in her parents’ restaurant, which she would later transform into one of the most successful jazz cubs in southern Sweden. Since moving to London to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Emilia has featured as vocalist and composer in several projects with musicians such as Iain Ballamy, Kit Downes, Barry Green and Jasper Hoiby while her collaboration with the British group ‘Kairos 4tet’led to a MOBO Award. Her first two solo albums, ‘And So It Goes’ and ‘Ana’ were in the top ten best albums of the year by Jazzwise while her acclaimed third album, ‘Loredana; which features members of her current band, earned numerous 4 star reviews. Emilia is also founder of ‘Beyond Vocals’, a platform and community for aspiring and experienced singers.
“Loredana is a collection of heart-stopping songs filled with music of enormous delicacy, subtlety and imagination” – 4* review, Jazzwise
“..ethereal voiced Swedish singer Mårtensson effortlessly mixes delicate folkish melodies with swoonsome jazz lines to create her own bewitching sound”… – Time Out
Matt Robinson is a pianist, composer and improviser, working primarily in jazz and contemporary music. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music he is much in demand as a sideman as well as recording and performing regularly in various collaborative music projects. Matt is a member of several regularly performing bands including; Snowpoet, Flying Machines, Nick Costley-White Quartet, Sam Rapley’s Fabled and the Corrie Dick Group. Matt is also part of a new duo Solitary Creatures, with Emilia Mårtensson and is one half of new Indie-Folk project ‘Wanderland’ with singer and visual artist Natalie Wildgoose. “Robinson’s own playing draws you in with improvisations that have purpose and meaning.” – London Jazz blog
Saxophonist Adam Walmann graduated from Trinity College of Music and is now best known for being leader of the MOBO Award winning band Kairos 4tet who were also nominated for the Jazz Ensemble of the Year at the UK’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards and whose second album ‘Statement of Intent’ was voted no. 2 in Mojo magazine’s albums of the year. Adam has performed with scores of famous names including Alicia Keys, Mark Ronson, Jules Buckley, Mark Guiliana, Alan Hampton, Paloma Faith, and Jim Hart. “Waldmann’s luxurious tenor sound and poised phrasing are both tradition rooted and restlessly contemporary…” – John Fordham – The Guardian
Bassist Sam Lasserson is a graduate of Trinity College of Music Sam and has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the Americas with top jazz musicians. He is a member of Jeff Williams’ UK-based quartet, award-winning saxophonist Julian Arguelles’ quartet and Andrew McCormack’s UK trio. As a sideman he has also performed with Ethan Iverson, John O’Gallagher, Stan Sulzmann, Martin Speake, Nikki Iles, Bobby Wellins, and Jim Hart among many others.
Adriano Adewale is a graduate of the University of Sao Paulo where studied classical music-percussion Brazilian percussionist/composer Adriano moved to the UK where he completed a Masters course in Music/Performance at SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Adriano has established himself as a respected percussionist, composer and band leader performing with leading musicians including Bobby McFerrin, Joanna McGregor, Seb Rochford, Andy Sheppard and Christine Tobin.
Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free
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