21–22 November 2018

Photo by Mark Pallman

Serious & Cafe Oto present: Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die

Extremely proud to welcome critically-acclaimed American trumpeter Jaimie Branch for her London headline debut as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene and an active recent addition to the New York scene, Jaimie Branch is an avant-garde trumpeter known for her “ghostly sounds," says The New York Times, and for "sucker punching" crowds straight from the jump off, says Time Out. Her classical training and “unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part” (Jazz Right Now) has contributed to a wide range of projects not only in jazz but also punk, noise, indie rock, electronic and hip-hop.

Branch’s work as a composer and a producer, as well as a sideman for the likes of William Parker, Matana Roberts, TV on the Radio and Spoon, is all on display in her debut record Fly or Die – a dynamic 35-minute ride that dares listeners to open their minds to music that knows no genre, no gender, no limits.

“This isn’t just the best jazz album of the year, it’s one of the most amazing artistic statements I’ve heard in forever. An absolute must-hear.” – Phil Freeman, Stereogum’s No.1 jazz album of 2017

“The album expertly veers from sweet hooks, spacy interludes and free-jazz exploration… Her horn veers everywhere from Cootie Williams-style growls to space-echo ambience.” – Rolling Stone