The Coronet Theatre Jazz Festival: Indigo - Byron Wallen Band
(This is a past event and is no longer running)
Byron Wallen will be joined by his highly acclaimed band to play music from his 2002 album Indigo. Inspired by the deepest parts of the Central African rain forest the work explores ‘the influence of various strands in evolution of black music… the effect is mesmeric’ (Jazz UK).
Prior to the gig, Byron Wallen will be showing a screening of Tom Parsons’ film Revelations In Small Steps (which shares its title with Indigo’s forthcoming live album). Completed 13 years after the first shoot – a gig Indigo played at The Crypt in Camberwell – explores the evolution and blossoming of the quartet. Using interviews, archive video and live clips, the film tells a story of friendship and the search for a new shared language of music inspired by the vision of the band’s founder, Byron Wallen.
Through an Afro-American heritage of more than three hundred years, jazz was born of blues, spirituals, children’s lullabies, ring games, work songs and other sounds of American culture. The blues and the spirituals belong to an older indigenous music whose sound can be heard from all corners of the globe. Music as a reflection of environmental and biological sounds has always been a vital part of human existence.
Indigo is the timeless sound of this existence. The cohesive blend of trumpet, baritone saxophone, bass and drums weave complex rhythms with flowing melodies to evoke sounds of the soul. The inspiration for the music comes from the deepest parts of the Central African rain forest, the remotest parts of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, the early music of Europe as well as the more obvious influences of jazz, funk, drum and bass and blues. Indigo is a colour, an experience and many moods.
Byron Wallen – trumpet/flugelhorn/shells
Tony Kofi – saxophone
Larry Bartley – bass
Rod Youngs – drums
OTHER SET available on 16 JUN
Each band costs £15. Book three or more events and get 10% off.
9:00pm – Portrait (Four Corners)