After the jazz funk outfit Hardines have taken you to your funky place, we change the music mood at the Spectrum Jazz Lounge to a more relaxed and chilled out feel with Gwyneth Herbert and Ned Cartwright. This will be a delightfully intimate performance from the award-winning composer and lyricist and versatile musical adventurer who continues to redefine and challenge expectations. Appearing on home turf, Gwyn appears tonight on vocals, ukulele, French horn, melodica and cheese-grater alongside boy-wunderkind pianist Ned Cartwright. Expect tales of jaded seaside hotels, East End vagrants, loves and losses and drips and drops and the occasional Swahili singalong!
With one foot in the jazz world and the other somewhere in the future, she has released 6 albums to date on both major and independent labels, including the first Blue Note UK release for 30 years.
Since the huge success of 2013’s large-scale cross-artform project “The Sea Cabinet” - the result of an Aldeburgh Music residency - Gwyn has seen her musical co-written with celebrated playwright Diane Samuels open at the Southwark Playhouse, recorded a new run of BBC Radio 4’s Playlist Series singing the favourite tunes of Nell Gwyn and the Duke of Wellington, built an interdisciplinary installation about sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore and a Fun Palace in Stratford Station (both with artist Mel Brimfield), and she recently spent a month in Kenya collecting lullabies, sharing songs in slum schools and staging multi-tribe storytelling happenings under the Mombasa stars.
✭✭✭✭✭ “Brilliantly original” MOJO
✭✭✭✭✭ “A remarkably gifted talent” The Guardian
✭✭✭✭✭ “Super-talented” The Telegraph
“a precious find – a fluid fusion of music, art, storytelling and film inspired by solitary shoreline walks, nautical trinkets and tales from the deep blue sea.” VOGUE
“delightfully whimsical” THE TIMES
“Each of the songs is an impressively crafted, well-observed and engrossing vignette…. Simply a triumph” 5/5 MORNING STAR
“a cabaret approach to storytelling…a cabinet of curiosities” 4/5 INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Posted on 24/08/2015 by Ian Bowden
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