Daylight Music: Nils Økland, Kaidi Akinnibi & Lorenz Okello-Osengor + Helena Kay & Sam Watts

LONDON Union Chapel
Compton Terrace
N1 2UN


Daylight Music presents Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player Nils Økland, Tomorrow’s Warriors improvisers Kaidi Akinnibi (saxophone) and
Lorenz Okello-Osengor (piano) and award-winning saxophonist Helena Kay and pianist Sam Watts. This event series at the Union Chapel, now in its 10th year, provides a space for everyone of all ages to attend and engage with live music.

Fiddle player Nils Økland has a special talent. He makes people pay attention. When he plays, it’s as though he appeals directly to everyone who listens. Økland is internationally recognised for his innovative playing style. His solo releases “Blå Harding”, “Bris” and “Straum” on ECM and Rune Grammofon respectively, have all reaped  rave reviews. Økland has played with several large orchestras, written music for the London Sinfonietta, films, ballets, theatre performances and recorded albums with Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Åsne Valland Nordli and Bjørnar Andresen. As a practitioner and composer, he has built bridges between folk, contemporary and improvised music. His last album “Lysning”, his band’s is first release on the HUBRO label, is instrumental music with excitement, depth and broad appeal, prompting critics to once again summon forth warm words.

Kaidi Akinnibi,
saxophonist, and Lorenz Okello-Osengor, pianist, are established figures on the South London music scene, constantly seeking and finding a catalyst for expression as improvisers. First meeting at Tomorrows Warriors, they have played together profusely in  different ensembles including as accompanists for dancers at the Urdang dance academy and more recently in Invariance, a collective playing their own original music. Coming from the Tomorrow’s Warriors family they have been mentored and inspired  by Gary Crobsy and Janine Irons, Moses Boyd, Binker Golding, Ahnansé and Zara McFarlane among others. Okello and Akinnibi strive to embody a sound that is exclusively original and experimental whilst borrowing from the long lineage of improvised music. Join them for an afternoon of experimentation on the unusual combo of the saxophone and church organ.

Now based in New York, Helena Kay grew up in Perth, Scotland and moved to London in 2012 to begin studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2016 with a First Class in BMus Jazz (Hons) and receiving the Anjool Malde Jazz Prize for the highest jazz final recital mark that year. In 2015 she won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, and in 2017 she won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award which she used to record and release her debut album Moon Palace.

Sam Watts is an established jazz pianist and has worked with artists including Jean Toussaint, Jason Miles, Jason Marsalis, Abram Wilson, Ray Warleigh and Judi Jackson. This afternoon they marry their wildly eclectic backgrounds and influences and give us an opportunity to eavesdrop on a  conversation between their two instruments.
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