Sound Transmitter II, the second in a series of double bills featuring the most exciting musicians from the outer reaches of jazz and new music, will present two Nordic bands who reflect the next generation’s take on acoustic jazz, including Norwegian Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Duo.
Undertaking her long awaited debut UK tour, in her native Norway Solveig Slettahjell has for some time been considered one of their most celebrated jazz singers. Her diverse repertoire - mixing country, jazz standards, with the odd song by Prince or Tom Waits thrown in – is sung in her captivating voice. Taking inspiration from the distinctive voice of fellow Norwegian Sidsel Endresen, yet strongly influenced by the gospel that filled her youth, Solveig has carved out a unique sound for which her second album, ‘Pixiedust’, attracted unanimous rave reviews. With her on stage, as part of the Slow Motion Duo, is Sjur Miljeteig on trumpet. Slettahjell’s latest album ‘Good Rain’ is released on 30 October.
The second act in this double bill is Finish Ilmiliekki who somehow manage to sound as classy and powerful as performers twice their age, yet possess a distinctly modern sound that reflects their youth. First class writing and playing combined with the influences of their generation, create one of the most striking young quartet's in Europe. Versatile influences ranging from the masters of jazz, such as Ornette Coleman and Kenny Wheeler, to the more challenging representatives of today’s rock music, such as Björk and Radiohead.
14 November, 7.30pm
Leeds, The Venue, Leeds College of Music, 0113 222 3434 / www.lcm.ac.uk
£10 / £8 conc.
15 November, 8pm
Oxford, Holywell Music Room (Oxford Contemporary Music), 0870 750 0659 / www.ocmevents.org
£13.50 / £9 conc.
16 November, 8pm
Bristol, St George’s, 0845 4024001 / www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk
£16 /£14 or £12, conc.
17 November, 7pm
London, Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho. Part of the London Jazz Festival in Association with BBC Radio 3
020 7439 8722 / www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk
18 November, 8pm
N. Yorks, The Shed, 01653 668494 / www.theshed.co.uk
20 November, 8pm
Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre, 01603 660352 / www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
£10 / £8 conc.