|Fumi Okiji. Photo credit: Richard Kaby|
Fumi Okiji writes:
I am helping organise a new vocal night at the Lumen in Tavistock Place at Kings Cross. I am a singer and am really pleased to have the chance to celebrate the diverse and exciting music of London vocalists working with contemporary jazz, improvised and original material.
Earlier this month we had a really fantastic gig featuring Brigitte Beraha and Barry Green opposite Olie Brice and myself. Brigitte and Barry did a mix of originals and standards with some great improvised moments. And Olie and I premiered our explorations on the outer reaches of standards interpretation and improvisation – a project that satisfies our dual attraction to the jazz standard and freely improvised music.
On October 10th, Julia Biel will be doing a solo set – LISTEN TO HER LONDONJAZZ INTERVIEW – sharing her music and I will be doing a free improvisation with the truly inspirational pianist Pat Thomas. The idea is to programme sometimes contrasting, sometimes complementary vocal-involved projects of our exciting but, I think, sometimes under-appreciated vocal scene. I will not be performing every month! But am pleased to have been given the space to develop some collaborations that have been sitting in the wings.
|Lumen. Photo credit: Steve Cadman|
About the venue: the Lumen is a contemporary church which is also set up as an ideal concert/recital space. They have a decent, regularly tuned grand piano, a great sound system which is rarely used as the Lumen has great acoustics (I was going to say it has the acoustics of a church but actually the sound is much more suited to jazz). Its a really lovely place with great management. Its central – in Bloomsbury, 5 minutes walk from Kings Cross station and the same distance from Russell Square.
The address is 88 Tavistock Place WC1H 9RS. Tickets (£7 / £5 concessions)
WEBSITE / There will also be a free improv festival at the end of October