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Maria Chiara Argirò Group (Rescheduled from 01/11/2020)
Sun, November 14, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
“The Fall Dance has real crossover appeal; don’t think of it as a just a jazz record, but think of it as a great record. The playing is just superb . . . the lyrical flow of the music carries you effortlessly down a winding river of sound and exploration . . . A totally sublime experience,” wrote Echoes and Dust about Maria Chiara Argirò’s 2017 debut album.
Maria’s second album, Hidden Seas, is a dreamy jazz, electronic and folk concoction featuring a stellar line-up of fresh young talent from the international music scene in Leila Martial, Sam Rapley, Tal Janes, Andrea Di Biase and Gaspar Sena.
Reviewing her latest offering, London Jazz News summed it up thus: “Maria Chiara Argirò’s sound world straddles genres – imaginably just as at home on BBC 6 Music or in soundtrack as on the jazz bandstand – with a sense of exploration which intrigues as to where she and her band might next venture. Right now, though, there’s much to absorb in the prismatic wonderland of Hidden Seas.”
Blending classical music and folk traditions with her own approach to harmony and melody, the compositions – written between Maria’s musical travels around Europe, Asia and America – call upon the sounds and aesthetics of contemporary jazz and the influence of figures such as John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Brad Melhdau.
An experienced band leader, composer, arranger, session musician and teacher, Italian-born, London-based Maria is an extremely talented pianist and composer with a real vision, performing music that transcends musical boundaries.
The music frequently evokes cinematic images with an unforced, emotional energy, taking the listener with her on her musical journey, with every piece feeling like a mini musical tome. With her subtly percussive, cinematically evocative ensemble – blending electronics, guitar, bass, sax, drums and vocals – she’s a quietly compelling presence in new European jazz.
Her multi-faceted music has real depth and a broad emotional range, while she understands how to provide both direction and freedom to bring out the best in her musicians, who take her music to a rich and rewarding place.
Maria Chiara Argirò (Piano/Electric Piano/Synths), Leila Martial (Vocals), Sam Rapley (Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet), Tal Janes (Acoustic/Electric Guitar/Effects), Andrea Di Biase (Double Bass), Gaspar Sena (Drums).
“Brimming with imagination, and led by Argirò’s artistic drive, the ardency of this sextet cannot be overstated – and The Fall Dance is certainly an album with staying power.” – London Jazz News
”Full of passion, intrigue, subtlety and power, it was worth the admission fee alone.” – Bebop Spoken Here
“Maria Chiara Argirò impresses too, with calmly spun spontaneous lines and reflective chord melodies.” – The Guardian
“The unexpected emotional swirl of pianist/composer Maria Chiara Argirò’s debut release has me in raptures, as its engaging, visceral expressions of explosive excitement and sweet serenity unfold.” – AP Reviews