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10-19 November 2023


Take Five Presents: Glasshopper

Take Five Presents: Glasshopper

Sun 15 November 2020

Stream time / 6:00pm

EFG London Jazz Festival is very proud to present its inaugural showcase of artists from Serious’ prestigious Take Five talent development programme – a scheme that supports emerging jazz and improvising musicians through mentorship, residencies, and collaborations. Past participants include Seb Rochford, Shabaka Hutchings, Yazz Ahmed, and Nubya Garcia. The inaugural Take Five presents features performances by 10 artists from the last two years of Take Five, who Serious have commissioned to create a bespoke video of a performance of some of their newest material which will be broadcast throughout the festival.

Jonathan Chung - tenor saxophone/effects
James Kitchman - guitar/effects
Corrie Dick - drums and cymbals

After years of cultivating their sound and captivating audiences around the UK, London based trio Glasshopper emerge with their anticipated debut, Fortune Rules.

Led by Scottish saxophonist/composer Jonathan Chung, the group brings together the creative minds of guitarist James Kitchman and drummer Corrie Dick to cultivate a sound "which is at once heavy as hell and soaring weightless.” - Good Evening Arts. This unit of focused players explore melody and improvisation with complete reverence and abandon. Always aspiring to search for fresh interpretations, the bass-less line up blurs the lines between the jazz, folk and the rock realms. Seldom settling, always searching. 

The release, due on October 30th 2020 with Norwegian label AMP Records & Music, is an abstract tale of Jonathan’s experiences, thoughts and a suggestion of things to come for the band. Intricately weaving together moments of sonic bliss and euphoric rock-outs, it seeks to capture and reveal these three musical voices that inspire Jonathan's writing, and form the sound of Glasshopper.

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The sax-guitar-drums trio of Jonathan Chung, James Kitchman and Corrie ter Dick in the Royal Festival Hall Foyer brought a clear and crystalline, expansive sound with subtle shadings, riding the tides between jazz and post-rock... We’re looking forward to their debut album, recorded and previewed earlier this year, featuring sublime guest- vocalist Sylvia Schmidt-Silas, and characterised by angular interplay, dark delay-drenched atmospheres and arresting moments of exquisite beauty.

AJ Dehaney, London Jazz news

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