20 ottobre 2019

Torna a farsi sentire - e vedere - la Granite Band guidata da Kate Westbrook, con la partecipazione questo pomeriggio alla trentesima edizione del festival Teignmouth Jazz & Blues, poco distante da casa, nel Devon. Il festival ha tra i suoi punti di forza una costante attenzione alla presenza di donne musiciste leader e interpreti. A questo aspetto fa riferimento Kate nel suo scritto Jazz Women Jazz proposto pochi giorni fa attraverso lo Smith's Academy Notice Board. Con Kate e Mike Westbrook fanno parte del granitico settetto Roz Harding, Jesse Molins, Matthew North, Billie Bottle e Coach York.

"We are delighted to welcome back the acclaimed Kate Westbrook after some years away from us with a second cycle of songs dedicated to a Devonian theme. Kate is an internationally acclaimed singer and librettist: “one of the most unique, expressive and flexible voices one could find between the Atlantic and the Urals” (Jazz Magazine, France).
She presents Granite which is an epic and ground-breaking work inspired by her love of Dartmoor and its granite quarries. Her text conjures up the mythical figure of a quarry worker, labour, love and death in the vast Dartmoor landscape haunted by the absence of the curlew’s cry. Kate’s astonishing vocal range and strikingly original lyrics are matched by composer Mike Westbrook’s genre-busting score and her brilliant Granite Band."