Sunday 10 April 2022, 2pm

MATINEE: Elaine Mitchener & Pat Thomas (duo)

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Thrilled to host the incomparable pairing of Elaine Mitchener and Pat Thomas for a very special matinee performance. Despite performing together in numerous groupings - not least on last year's phenomenal 'Some Good News' release alongside Orphy Robinson, Hamid Drake and William Parker via our own in-house OTOroku label - this will be their first duo show. Not to be missed!

Elaine Mitchener

Elaine Mitchener is a contemporary vocalist, movement artist and composer working between the worlds of contemporary new music, experimental jazz / free improvisation and visual arts. She is founder of collective electroacoustic trio The Rolling Calf (with Jason Yarde and Neil Charles) and her sound works are held in a curated collection by George E Lewis at Darmstadt Festival. Recent recordings includes Some Good News – a live album with Hamid Drake, William Parker, Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas (OTOROKU label) – and a special radio commission for Sons d’Hiver (Paris), and she is one of 50 selected exhibiting artists featured in the British Art Show 9 touring exhibition 21/22 and is a Wigmore Hall Associate Artist.

"Any attempts at categorisation are doomed to fail" – The Wire

"Mitchener is a genre crossing virtuoso" – Financial Times

www.elainemitchener.com

Pat Thomas

Pat Thomas studied classical piano from aged 8 and started playing Jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style - embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and in the trio AND (with Noble) – with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill. 

"Sartorially shabby as Thomas may be, and on first impression even rather stolid, he has a somewhat imperious charisma that’s immediately amplified when he starts to play. Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude." - The Jazzmann 

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