Wednesday 14th September 2022
Tickets: £17.50 Seat at a shared Table for 4 /£12.50 Seat – No Table
Presenting a debut show at Hampstead Jazz Club, Aspyrian are looking forward to performing two sets of original compositions from their debut album (due to be released in Spring 2023) – they hope to see you there!
Formed by three long-standing friends and collaborators, Aspyrian are a London-based trio blending jazz with an array of folk music traditions from different corners of the world. Influenced also by an eclectic mix of soulful songwriters and alternative bands, the result is an ensemble sound that is captivating and truly unique.
As a collaborative ensemble, all members contribute ideas to the writing/rehearsal process – the compositions that take shape serve as a vehicle for expansive improvisations. Sometimes loud and brash, other times introspective and delicate, the group are in constant dialogue as the music evolves.
Each member of the group is distinctively creative and expressive:
Robin Porter is an award-winning saxophonist whose performance highlights include The Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room and the Steinway Hall, as well as a ten-month residency at The Jazz Café. In 2013 together with his quartet they played for the BBC Proms Plus Late Sessions. In 2014 he toured the UK with this group, performing at prestigious venues on the jazz circuit.
Guitarist Jack Gillen leads his own trio with bassist Phil Donnelly and drummer Darren Beckett, playing his own compositions influenced by Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Classical music. In 2018, he self-funded, produced and released his debut EP with this group “The Long Way Down.”
Matt Parkinson is a drummer, percussionist and composer. Alongside jazz, he has spent much time studying and performing the traditional folkloric music of Cuba, Brazil and West Africa and his playing and writing encompasses all these styles. Matt has performed at many prestigious venues throughout the UK including Wembley Stadium and Buckingham Palace. He is a member of ‘Howl Quartet’, a collaborative ensemble who self-released their first album in 2021.
“This trio brings together three of the most gifted young improvisers on the current scene.” (Pete Churchill, Royal Academy of Music)
Saxophone – Robin Porter
Guitar – Jack Gillen
Drums – Matt Parkinson
Please note, The Club is not licensed to allow access to Children under the age of 16 after 9pm, so for evening performances, please do not book tickets for children under the age of 16. Children aged 16 and above are welcome at any time.
For £17.50 Tickets:
Seats are not numbered and you will be seated at available tables. Please note tables seat 4 people, so for bookings of less than 4 people, you will be seated and share a table for 4.
For £12.50 Tickets:
This is a fully seated event. Seats are not numbered and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Please note the Jazz Club is situated in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton Pub and access is via a number of stairs. The nearest toilets are situated on the 1st floor of the Pub.
Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm