Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2014

Polar Bear plus Shiver

Sage Two

Reviews of Polar Bear’s new album ‘On In Each And Every One’:

“One of the most exciting bands in the world of jazz” Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“Psych-jazz epic” 8/10 Uncut

“Yet more new textures and contours within the established soundscape of this vital and innovative band” 4* NARC

“It not only brims with startling invention, but is likely to put them on the map as go-to soundtrackers of urban-life melancholy, alongside the likes of not-so anonymous beat trafficker Burial and Brian Eno-collaborator Jon Hopkins”
The Quietus

“Polar Bear’s best to date” **** Marlbank

“Refreshingly unconventional” Q

“Back with a bang, really exciting new album” Jez Nelson, BBC R3’s Jazz On 3

Polar Bear’s take on jazz is never limited by constricting notions of what a genre ‘ought’ to sound like. Led by drummer Sebastian Rochford, with saxophonists Pete Wareham and Mark Lockheart, Tom Herbert on bass and electronics wizard/guitarist Leafcutter John, the group’s music actively embraces the different musical worlds that surround it. From the raw energy of punk and hip-hop to the delicacy of modern experimental and classical music, their music confounds expectations by being both shamelessly melodic and gloriously uplifting.

The Mercury-nominated group return in spring of 2014 with a follow up to the acclaimed ‘Peepers’. Broad in scope and potent in spirit, their new music is at once more spacious and more intense than their previous work. This latest offering consolidates a period of prolific and rewarding activity for Rochford which has informed the band’s new direction. Since the release of the acclaimed Peepers, he has been involved in numerous category-defying projects and he has worked with a mind-boggling array of musicians, including Rokia Traoré, Yoko Ono, John Paul Jones, Andy Sheppard, Paul McCartney, Beck, Patti Smith, rapper Mikill Pane, Carl Barat, Paolo Nutini, Kit Downes, Suede and Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project.

Listen to ‘Be Free’ taken from the forthcoming album ‘In Each And Every One’.

Chris Sharkey – Electric guitar
Andy Champion – Electric bass
Joost Hendricks – Drums
Plus Special Guests

Shiver is guitarist Chris Sharkey’s (trioVD, Acoustic Ladyland) love letter to the electric guitar, melody, rhythm, energy and volume.

Featuring the thundering maximalism of Andy Champion’s bass, Joost Hendrickx’s reflexive/explosive drumming and Sharkey’s own brand of incendiary guitar pyrotechnics, SHIVER is a band that strays far beyond the conventional boundaries of the ‘power-trio’ mould to incorporate influences ranging from modern EDM to garage rock to improv/noise.

This performance will feature the debut of a new piece of music, featuring two very special guests Zoe Gilby and John Turrell. The piece, commissioned by the PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England, commemorates the 10th anniversary of Gateshead International Jazz Festival and will draw it’s influence from the rich history of 20th century North-Eastern music culture.

Ahead of this gig Chris Sharkey gives us a behind the scenes tour of this specially commissioned project. Check out his regular blogs here.

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Part of Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2014

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