Parrjazz presents Treppenwitz @The Jacaranda
Tue 15th Oct 20:00 - 23:30
The Jacaranda, The Jacaranda, 21-23 Slater St, Liverpool L1 4BW, UK
The devastating rejoinder thought of only after leaving the scene of the debate.
'Intense and fearless...the strong musical relationship between these three leading young jazz
musicians allows them to delve deep into improvisation, with beautiful original melodies and
fascinating rhythmic structures....' - Ilkley Jazz Festival
Treppenwitz is an ensemble with a unique approach to improvised music: equal parts explorative, lyrical
and explosively wild. The music is open-ended, always different, forever seeking.
Matthew Aplin – piano
Tom Riviere – bass
Steve Hanley – drums
The band was formed in January 2014 after (though not because) a Philadelphian drummer, Matthew McGraw, left the city of Leeds. The music they make can be seen as an indirect response to this change of circumstance. With time and curiosity and willing at their disposal, they started to explore music from the free jazz movements of the 1960’s, with a view to carving out an original voice through the nuances of the idiom; their heroes were Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy and Paul Bley. Leeds was a place where a lot of people were making things happen on a DIY basis, and situated within this vibrant milieu, they were well placed to start gigging, coming to form part of the fabric of the DIY music scene. Gradually they transitioned to playing exclusively original music.
In 2015, they were approached by New Jazz Records, a not-for-profit collective run by local musicians, to record an album at Leeds Fold Studio. That November, they spent 2 days in the studio, recording more than 3 hours of music. Their first album, Short+Long Ditties, released in 2016 by New Jazz Records, was compiled from these fruitful sessions.
Their first album released, they embarked on a 17-date tour across the UK, with generous support from Arts Council England, enabling them to share their music with the wider world. It was the longest period of continuous playing they’d ever done together, and the music developed rapidly. By the end of this process, they were a different band.
A subsequent tour in Autumn 2018 enabled them to consolidate and build on this process, debuting a large volume of new music. During this period of touring, they played engagements at The Vortex, London; Jazz at the Lescar, Sheffield; The Canteen, Bristol; Manchester Jazz Festival; and many others.
Free entry before 9pm then £5 entry with a chance to win vinyl of your choice on the night ( t's and c's apply)