The Arts Hijack. 28-29th September
(354 Coldharbour Lane. Preview by Dave Smyth, whose quartet will play the Friday night, 8.30pm)
The Arts Hijack is a two-day event taking place at 354 Coldharbour Lane in Brixton this Friday and Saturday. Conceived and curated by Platform33, the tag line is “1 weekend. 6 areas. 33 artists – completely different genres”. In reality, this means everything from live visual art to immersive theatre to contemporary classical music – all performing side by side in an informal setting.
My quartet will be performing on the Friday night and features Matthew Herd (sax), Tom Millar (pno) and Sandy Suchodolski (bs) – all are either current students or recent graduates from the prestigious jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music. We will be playing a set of largely original music that draws on the influence of contemporary British jazz greats including John Taylor, Julian Argüelles and Django Bates. Having already experienced a few Platform33 nights, we’re excited to have the opportunity to perform at one – it’s a great opportunity to play to an a-typical jazz audience, alongside some really interesting and talented acts from other fields of performance.