The Sonic Sensorium: Jazz Edition (Workshop 2)

Sonic sensorium

Inspired by the emerging field of Crossmodalism, The Sonic Sensorium explores the interaction between the senses: pairing music and sound, to taste and aroma, creating an all-encompassing sensual experience.

The Sonic Sensorium is a concert and tasting menu like no other, pairing the work of three musicians with either a creative cocktail, edible perfume or experimental taste. Produced by AVM Curiosities, and hosted by award-winning food historian Tasha Marks, this special Jazz edition will use the senses as a storyteller, responding directly to the exhibition content of Rhythm & Reaction: The Age Of Jazz In Britain, with our magnificient Great Hall as a backdrop.

Doors at 8:45pm.

The Musicians:

Auntie Maureen goes faithfully by the adage that beauty is a thing of the past. Together with her trusted companion, a 1930s wind-up gramophone, she will take you on a musical adventure, a journey of melodic storytelling through the voices of history. Exclusively for the Sonic Sensorium, Auntie Maureen’s bespoke set will showcase American jazz greats alongside original British compositions. Each telling a story as part of the great cultural party called the Jazz Age, through spoken word and the nostalgic soundscape floating from her vintage machine.

Steve Christie & Louisa Revolta have been performing together for 10 years, and have collectively written and produced several albums of original material. Steve is a composer, performer and sound engineer, and runs a recording studio specialising in vintage, historic keyboard instruments and equipment. Louisa is a jazz singer, saxophonist and composer, as well as a writer for vintage harmony group The Spitfire Sisters. For this year’s Sonic Sensorium, the esteemed pair will be presenting an expedition through rhythm, starting in 1924 and ending in 2006.

The Sonic Sensorium is proud to present the premier of a brilliant trio; Mark Kavuma, Nikki Simpson & Mike Winawer, who will be performing a tribute to Billie Holiday, with a temporal twist.

Mark Kavuma is a prominent young trumpet player on the British jazz scene. A graduate of Trinity College of Music, he leads own quartet as well as playing with Jean Toussaint’s Young Lions, Jazz Jamaica and Nu Civilisation Orchestra. He was voted best soloist at the very first ‘Essentially Ellington’ competition which led to him being featured as guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Nikki Simpson is a graduate from the Royal Academy of Music’s prestigious jazz course which she attended after studying at Cambridge University. She has since gone on to perform at Ronnie Scott’s, Club 606, and the Roundhouse as well as festivals including Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Glastonbury. “Simpson specialises in fragile, breathy, slow-motion takes on classic standards and savvy folk-pop originals. One to watch.” Timeout

Mike Winawer is a guitarist whose versatility has led to him working with a diverse and wide range of musicians. A graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, he has performed with artists from Yolanda Brown and Beth Rowley to Candi Staton and Daft Punk. He has also toured with Bridget Amofah and the BBC World Music Award nominee Oi Va Voi.

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