About B:Jazz Festival: Alina Bzhezhinska HipHarp Collective, Concert For Ukraine

To close out B:Jazz 2022 we have an exceptional evening of music curated by world-renowned harpist, Alina Bzhezhinska and her HipHarp Collective. Alina has been making a splash since her 2018 appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival - alongside Denys Baptiste and Pharoah Sanders. Constantly reaching and pushing contemporary harp, marrying genres, bringing together a range of electronic music makers, producers, and harp lovers. Due to release her forth-coming album, 'Reflections' (BBE) next month. Working together with her epic band featuring: Mikele Montoli on Bass, (for tonight's event she will be joined by Mikele Tacchi on bass) ; Adam Texeria on Drums and Joel Prime on percussion. We are excited to have her grace the Symphony Hall stage and deliver you a spectacular program including:

Collaborator and friend, Noushy, a regular HipHarpC guest - the 22 yo jazz trombonist, vocalist, composer and arranger from Glasgow. Look out for their rendition of Afro Blue (BBE Music) arranged by Alina, it's bound to mesmerise. You can also find Noushy, leading her own projects, Noushy Quartet and co-leading the hip-hop Jazz Collective, Astorsnax.

Joining the band on stage will be NeONE the Wonderer and his trio, bringing his exciting rap-fusion and mercurial musical chops to the fore.

Last but by no means least, you'll be treated to a special appearance from Birmingham's very own - Xhosa Cole, the critically acclaimed saxophonist, flautist, and composer.


Alina Bzhezhinska & HipHarpCollective

“Harpist Alina Bzhezhinska is becoming a significant presence across the entire European scene”

Downbeat Magazine

"Alina Bzhezhinska… a modern-day supremo, is the among the best contemporary harpists”

Evening Standard

“Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet… throws a spellbinding party to awaken the senses”

London Jazz News

“…Bzhezhinska shares with Alice (Coltrane) a mastery of the jazz harp.”

★★★★★ The Times

Internationally renowned Alina Bzhezhinska, one of the leading harpists in the world today, has built a strong reputation for innovation. Having first appeared at Ronnie Scott’s in 2018, supporting a sold-out tribute to Alice and John Coltrane by Denys Baptiste Quartet, Bzhezhinska returns in 2022 with new compositions, airing for the first time at her headline show at Ronnie’s this March.

Creating a unique sound on the harp, with layered effects and electronics, Bzhezhinska will be supported by music supremo’s Mikele Montolli (bass), Joel Prime (percussion) & Adam Teixeira (drums).

Drawing from a variety of influences, including Dorothy Ashby’s ‘Afro-Harping’, Alice Coltrane’s spiritual outputs, Joe Henderson’s free form jazz experimentation & 90s Acid Jazz and Trip Hop, Bzhezhinska (composer, band leader and founder of the HipHarpCollective) is a one-woman powerhouse on a mission to bring the harp to the fore of contemporary sonics.

With her new album, recorded in London last year with her HipHarpCollective, set for release in 2022, expect to hear the harp as you’ve never heard it before.

Line-Up:

Alina Bzhezhinska: Harp/ Electronics

Mikele Montolli: Electric Bass

Adam Teixeira: Drums

Joel Prime : Percussion

Bzhezhinska stormed the UK music scene when her quartet appeared at the Barbican during the EFG London Jazz Festival, alongside Denys Baptiste and Pharoah Sanders, and has been nominated for Best Live Experience of the Year at the 2018 Jazz FM Awards. Later she produced her critically acclaimed album, Inspiration (Ubuntu Music), featuring award winning saxophonist Tony Kofi. Bzhezhinska has since performed at the London Jazz Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the WOMADelaide Festival in Australia. Her collaborations include Kamaal Williams, Shabaka Hatching and Django Bates. Her new album will be released in 2022 by BBE Records.

Bassist Mikele Montolli (Verona, Italy) has performed and recorded with great artists such as Sun Ra Arkestra, Knoel Scott Quartet and Marshall Allen, top UK Jazz singers Julie Dexter and Heidi Vogel, and LA saxophone legend Don Menza, thus building an extensive music vocabulary based on Afro-American tradition fused with years of classical training and experimental form-free music. In 2017 Montolli released his debut album, Satellite House, and continues to compose.

Adam Teixeira is a drummer, percussionist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada who’s currently based in London. Versed in many world rhythmic vocabulary, Adam mixes various influences with a unique and modern expression. “Adam Teixeira alternates with perfect intuition between pushing forward and supportively underpinning at the drums.” – Ian Ballamy.

Australian drummer/percussionist Joel Prime has become an important addition to British Jazz. Winner of 'Australia's Best Up & Coming Drummer' competition in 2011, his versatility across congas, the drum kit and all manner of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion has created the opportunity for Joel to perform with Tony Kofi, Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet, Mr Little’s Noisy Band, Felix Riebl and The Copasetic Foundation, among others.

Alina will be supported by Noushy

Anoushka, known as Noushy, is a 22 year old jazz trombonist, vocalist, composer and arranger from Glasgow, Scotland. Graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BA Hons in Jazz in 2021, she is quickly becoming an in-demand session musician; as well as leading her own bands, the Noushy Quartet and co- leading the hip hop-jazz collective, Astrosnax. She often plays with other bands - corto.alto, Josef Akin, as well as the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and SNJO. Noushy was the recipient of the Rising Star Award in the 2020 Scottish Jazz Awards.

Further donations to Ukraine can be made at www.hipharpcollective.com/ukrainedonate

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