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LUME programmers Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts take time out of their weekly
original/improvised music night in Hoxton to present a series of monthly gigs at the
Vortex. Showcasing some of the UK’s most exciting improvisers and composers.
Quadraceratops (album launch) & Paradox Ensemble
A double bill of medium sized ensembles from the roster of Manchester
contemporary jazz/improv/experimental music label Efpi Records, to celebrate the
launch of the debut album from Cath Roberts' septet Quadraceratops.
Manchester and London-based nonet led by trumpet player Nick Walters (Riot Jazz,
Beats & Pieces Big Band). Bringing together many strands of his musical experience,
Nick has taken inspiration from jazz composers such as Gil Evans, electronic artists
such as Aphex Twin, and from artists who blur the lines between the two, such as Jaga
Jazzist and Tortoise. The result is, as Manchester Jazz Festival put it ahead of the
groupʼs live debut in 2013, ‘a coherent synthesis of electronics, live effects and
samples but retaining an earthy groove.ʼ Paradox Ensemble released 'Entanglement'
in August 2013 on Efpi Records.
Nick Walters - trumpet + electronics
Tim Cox - trombone
Tom Harrison - Alto sax
Ed Cawthorne - tenor sax + bass clarinet
Ben Kelly - sousaphone
Rebecca Nash - keys
Aidan Shepherd - accordian
Anton Hunter - guitar
Paul Michael - bass
Yussef Dayes – drums
Cath Roberts leads this septet playing her original compositions, described by Jazz On
3's Jez Nelson as ‘suitably psychotic!’ Formed in 2011, the band have played at
numerous jazz nights around London as well as appearing at the London Jazz Festival
and 'Jazz In The Round' at the Cockpit Theatre. In Spring 2014 they recorded a
selection of music inspired by insects, fairground rides, underground tunnelling
machines and fictional serial killers. The result is their debut album 'Quadraceratops',
released on 6th October by Efpi Records and launched this evening at The Vortex.
Cath Roberts – alto saxophone, compositions
Tom Ward – tenor saxophone
Henry Spencer – trumpet
Magnus Dearness – trombone
Dave O’Brien – keyboards
Jason Simpson – bass
Olly Blackman – drums