Bitches Brew

LONDON Barbican / FreeStage (Level G)
Silk Street
London
EC2Y 8DS

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Bitches Brew showcases the diversity of talent and raw energy of female improvisers from the fields of jazz, folk, electronic music and free improvising.

Launched in 2015 in response to female performers, programmers and creators being sidelined by the music industry, Bitches Brew challenges the fallacy that there aren’t enough highly talented female instrumentalists around, or that more than one ‘girl band’ in a
night would just be overkill. Pushing artistic boundaries by appealing to both the jazz and contemporary music audiences, Bitches
Brew presents an eclectic line-up that will blow your mind and feed your soul.

For the EFG London Jazz Festival Emma Smith presents four acts to explore the process of improvising and how it is approached by different genres.

Ailie Robertson
Ailie Robertson is one of Scotland's top harpists, known for her contributions to both traditional and experimental music. Aside from winning first prize at the inaugural London Harp Competition and the Live Ireland Best Instrumental Cut of the Year Award for her debut album First Things First, Ailie will be performing her solo experimental set at Bitches Brew. Her playing has an ability to take you on an emotional rollercoaster through the exploration of Irish, Scottish andcontemporary playing styles.

Rachael Cohen

London-based alto saxophonist and composer Rachael Cohen is one of the brightest emerging stars of her generation. Her skills as a composer and improviser have gained her a great deal of attention in the UK and beyond, with her critically-acclaimed debut album Halftime cementing her reputation to one of the premier new voices of her generation.

“Cohen takes a softly devious approach reminiscent of Lee Konitz – but, as with the canny Cool School veteran, the quietness is deceptive and the subtlety is in the weighting of phrases and the hipness with which she plays off the rhythm section.” The Guardian

Hannah Read

Hannah Read is a Scottish multi instrumentalist and a vocalist based in Brooklyn, New York. Best known for her fiddle playing and mind-blowing composition and improvisation skills, she has also been hailed by MOJO magazine as "One of the finest singers of our day". Hannah has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and North America with the Grammy Award winning Sarah Jarosz, Celine Dion and Tom Chapin.

Signy + Emma

Signy Jakobsdotir is an extraordinary percussionist who regularly collaborates with a broad range of musicians across the folk and jazz music scenes in Scotland and abroad. From Capercaillie to Sharleen Spiteri, John Cage to Moishes Bagel her sensitive approach has kept her in demand. At Bitches Brew she’ll be joined by Emma Smith on double bass, performing her own music and joint compositions which combine hand drums, kalimba, double bass and looper.