Darkly Artful Presents Hejira + Quest Ensemble

Darkly Artful Presents Hejira + Quest Ensemble
Sunday 26 March 2017

Hejira + Quest Ensemble

Doors: 7pm till 11pm
Entry Price: £6 advance / £10 at the door
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Darkly Artful presents for the first time eclectic folk-prog-jazzers Hejira, and welcome back Quest Ensemble. There will also be delicious homemade Ethiopian food. Live music will happen between 7.30 and 9.30pm.

Hejira formed in 2010 with members Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, Alex Reeve and Sam Beste setting up their studio ‘The House of Dreams’ in South-East London. In 2013 they released their debut album ‘Prayer Before Birth’ on Matthew Herbert’s Accidental Records to critical acclaim.

2015 saw the band release their ‘Name Surname’ EP in collaboration with Floating Points and continue to curate their successful Traum events. The single ‘I Don’t Belong To Anyone’, taken from their current EP ‘The Lima Limo Ceremony’, draws on the bands experiences from their 2016 trip to Ethiopia. The journey was somewhat of a homecoming for Rahel and inspired the band to start their own label Lima Limo Records.

“Genre-defying music, by turns soothing and savage” – Paul Lester, The Guardian

An interaction between three compelling players, Quest Ensemble bring a unique take to the classical piano trio format, collaboratively creating original work that seamlessly blends improvisation with devised composition.

Intrinsically contemporary in approach, this ensemble inhabits a lyrical sound world somewhere in the gaps between chamber, jazz, folk and 20th Century classical music – with intriguing traces of Vaughn Williams, Steve Reich, and Esbjörn Svensson Trio. Versatile players individually, fusing their backgrounds of Western Classical, Indian Classical, Jazz and improvisation, the London-based trio are currently working on the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album Footfall (2015), which was described by Sinfini music as “An album that borrows from everywhere but steals from nowhere”.

“Compositionally complex, inventive in technique and wonderfully ambiguous in tonality, this was ajoy to behold” – Jazzwise, Tommie Black-Roff

Also! Ethiopian food courtesy of our good friend Almaz at Kaffa Coffee will be available from 7pm.

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