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Way Out West: Music of Protest

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Thu 19 November

Stream time / 7:30pm

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London collective Way Out West plus guest Tony Kofi (saxophones) present 'Music of Protest' including works by Charles Mingus, Mike Westbrook, Victor Jara. With Kate Williams (piano), Dave Jones (bass), Gary Willcox (drums), Chris Biscoe and Pete Hurt (saxohones). A new film called Last One in Lockdown by Way Out West member vocalist Emily Saunders will be shown in the interval. Musicians from west London collective Way Out West plus guest Tony Kofi present 'Music of Protest', in partnership with Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre. Drawing on the tradition of music with a political content, the programme includes pieces by jazz master and activist Charles Mingus, a setting of William Blake's poetry by Mike Westbrook, material from the repertoire of The Liberation Music Orchestra, and instrumental versions of songs by Victor Jara and from the British folk tradition.

The performers are Kate Williams (piano), Dave Jones (bass), Gary Willcox (drums), Chris Biscoe and Pete Hurt (saxes), and guest Tony Kofi (saxes).

During the interval will be showing a new film by Way Out West member, vocalist Emily Saunders 'Last One in Lockdown'.

Tony Kofi was twice BBC Jazz Musician of the Year, and has played with David Murray, The World Saxophone Quartet, Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers and Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and recorded with Ornette Coleman. Other credits include several recordings under his own name, with Byron Wallen, and with Chris Biscoe.

Kate Williams is a pianist and composer who has led several ensembles of her own, ranging from a duo with the late Bobby Wellins to a septet featuring Gareth Lockrane and Steve Fishwick. Her most recent album is a collaboration between her band Four Plus Three (trio plus string quartet) and Georgia Mancio. 'Finding Home' won Parliamentary Jazz Award for best album in 2020.

Chris Biscoe has made many tours with Mike and Kate Westbrook, and George Russell. He was also feature with the big bands of Hermeto Pascoal and the New York Composers Orchestra. His own records include explorations of the music of Eric Dolphy and Charles Mingus, and 'Wobbly Rail Five' with tunes by Chris Biscoe and Pete Hurt.

Pete Hurt has toured and recorded with George Russell, Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Stan Sulzmann. Pete is an exceptional composer and arranger with two big band records to his credit: 'Lost for Words' and 'A New Start'. 

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