Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Nominated by Jazz Fm for ‘Best Jazz Live Performance’ in 2018 Hermon Jazz is super proud to present exactly this, an opportunity to experience Randolph Matthews, a fantastically inventive musician, close up in the context of touring his brand-new, Arts Council supported project ‘Walter Tull in B Major’ !! Inspired by his belief that the power of the human voice changes lives in incredible and significant ways, Randolph’s music – full of positive energy and humour – is not just an audible feast for Jazz aficionados but likewise an eye- and ear-opener for anybody who values the genuine endeavour of cutting out a niche for humanity in a confused world!
“One of the great Jazz voices, a unique and stylish performer – not to be missed on any account!”
– The Guardian
“A stunning McFerrin-esque talent!” – Songlines
“Dazzling improvisational skills. Flawless and world class!” – Jazz FM
“This man’s not just original, he’s out there.” – Blues & Soul Magazine
“Beautifully entertaining, languorous and unashamedly expressive.” – Flux Music Magazine
In the foot-steps of legends such as Bobby McFerrin and Kurt Elling, Randolph Matthews has in two decades of performing captured the attention of music lovers across all genres, receiving in 2017 The People Choice Award at Ascona Jazz Festival. As jazz vocalist, songwriter and composer with a distinctly unique sound, he has opened concerts for and shared stages with a whole host of high-calibre artists from the jazz, blues and contemporary music scenes such as Grammy-award-winning Herbie Hancock, Grace Jones and Pat Metheney’s Richard Bona. Rooted deeply in jazz, blues and folk, Randolph’s music looks to explore the fine line between the divine and secular with musically piercing and attuned stories of life.
WHO ON EARTH IS WALTER TULL?
Often accompanied only by his own looped voice Randolph is a master of solo performance, utilising technology alongside his powerful yet graceful tone in order to create blossoming musical landscapes and rich sonorous textures. His new project ‘Walter Tull In B Major’ is an ambitious collaboration with some of the finest musicians in Britain today.
The four performers set out to explore musically the journey of professional footballer and 1st World War soldier Walter Tull, an extraordinary hidden figure in the history of humanity and equality for black people. The work is an ode dedicated to Walter’s life story, beginning with his childhood in Folkestone (also the home of Randolph Matthews!) and his success as a professional footballer, right up to his ground-breaking achievements in gaining respect for black people via his assertiveness throughout World War One. Randolph’s dynamic, modern composition confronts the issues of Walter Tull’s remarkable life 100 years ago, which is still relevant today, and not just for people of colour. With breath-taking vocals it’s a celebration of courage, resolve and one man’s composure to live as an equal within society.
MORE ABOUT WALTER TULL: http://www.randolphmatthews.co.uk/contact/info/
Randolph Matthews – vocals & loop sampler
Alcyona Mick (London Jazz Orchestra, Yazz Ahmed, Tori Freestone, Ibrahim Maalouf) – piano
Vidal Montgomery (Omar, Courtney Pine, Carleen Anderson) – double bass
Tristan Banks (Roy Ayers, Marcos Valle, Hexagonal) – drums & percussion
THIS CONCERT IS YET ANOTHER CASE OF: If you don’t attend this great event, we will never speak to you again :-)!
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