Chapter at Brecon Jazz
Posted on: 21 Jun 2013 by Pablo Janczur
A word from Pablo Janczur, Director of Brecon Jazz.
Having reclaimed its spirit under a new organiser last year, Brecon Jazz returns to the cultural calendar this August, rejuvenated by the reunification of the festival with its traditional town centre venues, including the breathtaking Brecon Cathedral, which this year hosts the Chapter Stage. This partnership sees fiery saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and his Orient House Ensemble and the Mercury nominated pianist Zoe Rahman perform on Friday 9th, whilst on Saturday 10th both Ian Shaw and the Julian Siegel Quartet perform new material amongst the pews. Artist in Residence Huw Warren delivers the first of two 2013 international commissions under the banner of World Wide Wales, accompanied by Neapolitan vocalist, Maria Pia de Vito. Warren returns on Sunday 11th, this time as one third of Quercus, with UK Jazz pioneer John Surman and rising star Laura Jurd completing the day’s bill.
Elsewhere Gospel legend Mavis Staple appears at The Market Hall (Saturday), as does multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine (Friday). With a combined cache of 18 Grammy’s, The Impossible Gentlemen (Sunday, Theatr Brycheiniog) are quite a proposition for your money, much like the great Django Bates (Saturday, Theatr Brycheiniog). Predictably, Jools Holland sold out immediately, but the experimentally inclined should join Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer and his compatriot Biosphere (Friday, Theatr Brycheiniog) as they blur the boundaries of jazz and ambient electro in a UK exclusive performance.
"I am delighted that Chapter will be hosting one of the main festival stages at this year’s prestigious Brecon Jazz Festival. The Chapter stage at Brecon Cathedral will present the latest innovative, cutting edge inspirational jazz from some of the UK and Europe’s most exciting new artists. Chapter has started to present a much broader music programme recently and jazz plays a key part of this development. Enjoy Brecon Jazz and look out for more great jazz in the autumn and winter."
Andy Eagle, Chapter Director