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Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018 Presents

Chris Sharkey’s The Orchid and the Wasp featuring Mark Sanders plus J Frisco

Booking Information

Venue: Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Tickets: £10


Chris Sharkey – Electronics / Electric Guitar
Mark Sanders – Drums / Percussion

Gateshead International Jazz Festival presents the premiere of The Orchid and The Wasp, a new composition written by Chris Sharkey, featuring master drummer/improviser Mark Sanders written ‘In-Residence’ at Chapel FM Arts Centre in Leeds.

The piece is inspired by Philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s ‘A Thousand Plateaus’ text which uses the metaphor of orchid and wasp to suggest an approach to knowledge and experience based on non-hierarchical structure which resonates loudly within the context of improvisation.

This project is funded by Arts Council England.

J Frisco is made up of Jemma Freese (Keyboards), Lara Jones (Saxophone) and Megan Roe (Guitar) who met whilst studying at Leeds College of Music and formed this free, experimental trio combining art and poetry with improvised music. Their aims are to change perceptions and break down boundaries through improvisation. J Frisco is one of two groups from the North of England in receipt of the 2017 ‘Jazz North Introduces’ award.

Part of Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018