The Dissolute Society Trio feat. Joshua Idehen
11 Gillett Square
The Dissolute Society explores contemporary improvisation, European jazz, poetry, spoken word, song, and soulful grooves, and music by Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor.
Raph Clarkson- trombone and spoken word/vocals
Phil Merriman- keys
Simon Roth- drums
Joshua Idehen- spoken word/vocals
The Dissolute Society explores Clarkson's interests in contemporary improvisation, European jazz, 20th century classical music, poetry, spoken word, song, and soulful grooves, as well as original arrangements of music by Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor. Performed by some of London's most innovative and in-demand musicians, these varied elements are brought together through a highly personal and expressive narrative, exploring themes of family history, grief, friendship and hope.
Raph Clarkson is a trombonist, improviser, composer and educator, born and bred in London. After studying music at the Universities of York and Oxford, he has developed an eclectic musical career, which spans trad jazz, contemporary jazz, avant-garde improvised music, theatre and performance art, contemporary classical music, ska/reggae, South African township jazz, and salsa. He is best known as the trombonist for the award-winning jazz-punk ensemble WorldService Project, which has seen him tour Europe, China and the USA, performing at the London, Tampere, Tokyo and Umea Jazz festivals amongst many others; the band represented the UK as 12 Points Festival 'Plus' artists. WSP have also been heavily involved with the Match&Fuse european exchange and touring network, collaborating with artists from across the continent.