Sunday Joint: Awen Ensemble & Guests
Sunday 10 October 2021
Awen Ensemble // Heritage // DJ Lubi
Awen Ensemble are a Leeds based contemporary jazz collective formed by alumni of Leeds Conservatoire who also take inspiration from global folk music and fuse it all together into a melodically driven sound with a groove based focus. The word “Awen”, meaning “poetic inspiration” in the Brittonic Celtic languages of Welsh/Breton/Cornish, and is a nod to the Celtic heritage of co-band leaders Emyr Penry Dance (trumpet), and Ruari Graham (guitar). Their sound is pretty unique and not just for the Leeds jazz scene but also the wider UK jazz scene, due to the vibraphone playing of Samantha Binotti. After a few live shows in spring 2020 just before the first lockdown, and then two sold out socially distanced shows at Brudenell Social Club Leeds supporting Tetes De Pois in October that same year, they had to wait until May 2021 to return to full time gigging. They did that in style with their own sold-out socially distanced gig at the same venue and have also played shows in Manchester and York. In August 2021, they played live at Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here Festival in Abbotts Ripon, Cambridgeshire and made many new fans including London Total Refreshment Centre promoter/label owner Lex Blondin. Now they’re back playing their first headline show in Leeds this autumn alongside recording new original material for their debut EP.
Awen Ensemble are: Emyr Penry Dance (trumpet/flugelhorn) – Saul Duff (tenor saxophone) – Samantha Binotti (vibraphone) – Ruari Graham (electric guitar) – Joe Wilkes (bass) – Eddie Bowes (drums)
Support comes from a new Leeds band who formed just before the covid pandemic hit and so haven’t had time yet to play live. Until now. Heritage are made up of Leeds Conservatoire alumni and started rehearsing, writing material and recording in early 2020. Led by bass player Cameron Walker, they’ve recorded, mixed and mastered a whole debut album (titled “Emperor”) during lockdown and it’s stunner. Their sound is heavily influenced by Australian future jazzers Haitus Kaiyote as well as UK based Nubiyan Twist. Their music brings together the full range of their musical loves – jazz, soul, broken beats, hip-hop, afrobeat. No release plans for the album yet but a single is coming soon. Come and check out one of the most exciting bands to come out of Leeds’ buzzing DIY jazz/soul/global beats scene post pandemic.
Heritage are: Cameron Walker (bass guitar), Callum Mealin (drums), Connor Thomas (guitar), Jacob Hargeaves Priestley (keys), Emyr Penry Dance (trumpet), Gustavo Andrade (tenor sax) and vocalists Christina Marrit and Monica Moffit
Please note that doors are at 8pm with the band onstage soon after. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.