Tuesday With Monk Spent Youth and the Music of Thelonious Monk (and Special Guests Dick-Wag)

Tuesday With Monk Spent Youth and the Music of Thelonious Monk (and Special Guests Dick-Wag)
Tuesday 28 February 2017

Monk Spent Youth + Dick-Wag

Doors: 7pm till 11pm
Entry Price: £5 at the door
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Monk Spent Youth with a night dedicated to riffing on the joyful exuberance and the introspective mystery of the music of Thelonious Monk, with special guests Dick-Wag and their take on notorious composer Richard Wagner.

Monk Spent Youth play Monk’s compositions and favourite standards played in exciting ways that remain true to the spirit of the great pianist, as well as new compositions and arrangements.

Dick-Wag: A Tribute to Richard Wagner is a new jazz band dedicated to a notorious 19th century Bavarian composer some idolise and many more despise. Comprised of the most unlikely collaborators, this ensemble attempts – in dubious tribute – to reconcile deep love with utter contempt for opera’s most depraved and ego-maniacal little man. Having waded through hours and hours of bloated and interminable operas, composer and multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas has crystallised his favourite moments into discreet miniatures, profanely re-interpreting a music in turn sublime, bombastic, time-stopping, sexually suggestive, mockingly ironic and earth-shatteringly beautiful. Featuring the motley talents of Liam Noble (piano), Ewan Bleach (reeds) and a mystery drummer alongside band-leader Fred Thomas (double bass), Dick-Wag serves up mercilessly blooded chunks hacked off masterpieces such as Tristan and Isolde, transforming them into grotesque parodies of Teutonic pomp, luscious jazz ballads, jingoistic marches and Ellingtonian jungle grooves. And if you listen closely, just audible between the cracks of these respectful caricatures, is the unmistakable sound of Richard Wagner turning in his grave.

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