NEWS: Örjan Hultén’s Orion is first joint tour by West Midlands jazz promoters

Örjan Hultén’s Orion
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They’re getting organised in the West Midlands. Editor-at-Large Peter Bacon reports.

Promoters in the counties around Birmingham have been in discussions for a while concerning how they might work together for the benefit of all. As a pilot project they have put together a tour and their guinea pigs are from Sweden.

Saxophonist Örjan Hultén is bringing his Orion quartet to the UK and doing a whistle-stop tour of small venues in Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton and Bromsgrove.

Hultén formed Orion in 2009, and the quartet has recorded three albums, the latest being 2016’s Fältrapport (Field Report).

The publicity material for the tour has this: “In his compositions Örjan Hultén moves effortlessly across boundaries and musical genres. Here and there Middle Eastern and Balkan traits can be heard while one can distinguish traces of Wayne Shorter or Joni Mitchell in other parts.”

The group, all bandleaders in their own right, comprises Örjan Hultén – soprano and tenor saxophone; Torbjörn Gulz – piano; Filip Augustson – bass and Peter Danemo – drums.

Jazz Network WM – modelled loosely on EmJazz in the East Midlands – stretches over five counties and comprises Birmingham Jazz based in the city’s Jewellery Quarter; The Artrix, Bromsgrove; Jazz Coventry; Kenilworth Jazz; Leam Jazz, Leamington Spa; Lichfield Jazz; Shrewsbury Jazz Network; Stratford Jazz; Wolverhampton Jazz; and Clun Valley Jazz, Craven Arms.

A Jazz Guide pamphlet for September and October gigs from all these promoters is now available.

Örjan Hultén’s Orion is playing the following Midland dates:

Friday 22 September – 1000 Trades, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham7.45pm, for Birmingham Jazz
Thursday 28 September – The Albany Club, Coventry, 8pm, for Jazz Coventry
Saturday 30 September – Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 8pm, for Wolverhampton Jazz
Sunday 1 October – The Artrix, Bromsgrove, 8pm, for Artrix

Jazz Network WM is being led by Birmingham Jazz – call Phil Rose on 07887 526435 for more details.

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