Heligan Kitchen, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, PL26 6EN
Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2017
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- Brigitte Bereha - vocals
- Ivo Neame - piano, accordion
- Tomas Challenger - tenor saxophone
- Rob Updegraff - guitar
- Dave Manington - double bass
- Tim Giles - drums
Riff Raff is an innovative group featuring some of the UK’s finest artists working in contemporary jazz - Brigitte Beraha (Kenny Wheeler, London Jazz Orch.), Ivo Neame (Phronesis, Marius Neset), Tomas Challenger (Foufolah/Red Snapper), Rob Updegraff (Alani, Beth Rowley/Zigaboo Modeliste) and Tim Giles (Iain Ballamy/Art Farmer).
The music is sophisticated and full of virtuoso playing, sometimes freely improvised with an exciting element of risk, but the song forms, melodic nature and the empathy and great ensemble playing of the group make it highly accessible.
The starting point for the music is collective improvisation but compositionally it draws on as wide a range of styles as possible. Folk, electronic music and contemporary classical influences are added to the mix with complex jazz harmonies and rhythms.
“It also grooves like hell, with some thick mercurial riffs – full of stops, starts, and turns yet rocking in the grip of a savage momentum.” Jazzwise
"Inventive, forward looking jazz that subtly pushes the envelope whilst remaining thoroughly accessible to the listener." jazzmann.com
Dave Manington website