Jazz and the alternatives gather at Togethernest



A three-day festival with a difference starts in Coventry on Thursday. It’s called Togethernest, it’s the brainchild of the always lovely people at The Tin Music and Arts, and the bands/musicians nesting together include Troyka, Colin Stetson, Trembling Bells and Pulcinella.

Thursday’s opening evening brings London trio Troyka together with Pulcinella, from Toulouse in France. It’s part of the Match & Fuse series which, from time to time, pairs a British band with a European one for a small tour.

Troyka comprises Kit Downes on organ, Chris Montague on guitar and Josh Blackmore on drums, and they have developed a highly distinctive modern British jazz sound with strong dollops of power rock, minimalism, funk and general experimental improv.

Using fruity saxophone and accordion, Pulcinella bring a tongue-in-cheek attitude to French jazz, incorporating tango, rock, Musette and Eastern European flavours. The band comprises Ferdinand Demonsant on accordion, Fernidant Doumerc on saxophones and flute, Jean-Marc Serpin on double bass and Frédéric Cavallin on drums.

Their new album Bestiale (“tiny creatures”) is out now on Yellowbird/Enja Records, and is excellent.

Following separate sets, Troyka and Pulcinella will combine for some impromptu stuff which, judging by the adventurous natures of both bands, should be highly entertaining and powerful enough to blow your socks off – should you be so unwise to wear socks on what is likely to be a balmy night.

This gig starts at 8pm at The Tin, Coal Vaults, Canal Basin, St Nicholas Street, Coventry, and tickets are £6 in advance, £8 on the door. Or why not get a weekend ticket? The rest of the music looks similarly excellent. Togethernest continues with saxophonist Colin Stetson (he has worked with Tom Waits, Arcade Fire and Bon Iver) on Friday night and Trembling Bells on Saturday.

  • More on all this here.
  • Pulcinella and Troyka are also playing the Jazz Cafe in Newcastle this evening, and Dempseys in Cardiff tomorrow night, and it’s a double bill of Pulcinella and Brass Mask at Rich Mix in London on Friday.

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