Even if you go to a lot of jazz gigs in a year, if just one of them is Phronesis – bassist Jasper Høiby, pianist Ivo Neame and drummer Anton Eger – then I think I can fairly safely assume it will be in your top three.
For excitement alone, they are hard to beat, but even more thrilling is that this excitement is not just visceral, it goes deep down.
Now remember that last Phronesis gig you were at in the Midlands – or if you have never seen them perform, listen to some of their music turned up loud and close your eyes – and then think what it might be like to be experiencing this music at very close quarters, as if the band were right there down in the auditorium with you…
Well, that’s just how it will be in Birmingham Town Hall on Saturday 31 May when Phronesis play in the round.
This kind of staging was tried at last autumn’s Risk! weekend, when Arve Henriksen and Jan Bang, followed by The Necks, played in the round, and it was an extraordinary experience for the audience. It’s also how Phronesis recorded their new album, Life To Everything, at The Cockpit in London during last year’s EFG London Jazz Festival.
Phronesis will be releasing Life To Everything next month. They will launch it in Copenhagen in May and have a few dates around then, most of them in the UK. More dates are likely to be added. Here is what we have so far:
24 April 2014 – Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany
7 May 2014 – Album Launch, Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark
20 May 2014 – Norfolk and Norwich Festival at Diss Corn Hall, UK
23 May 2014 – Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
24 May 2014 – Elb Jazz Festival, Hamburg, Germany
27 May 2014 – Sage Gateshead, UK
28 May 2014 – RNCM, Manchester, UK
29 May 2014 – Union Chapel, London, UK
30 May 2014 – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast UK
31 May 2014 – Town Hall, Birmingham, UK
To book tickets for the Birmingham date, which is being presented by Jazzlines, go here.
To pre-order Life To Everything, go here.
For more about Phronesis, go here.
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