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Wednesday 13 September 2017, 7.30pm

Shabaka Hutchings Residency - Day Three: Ligeti Quartet with Shabaka Hutchings + composed reinterpretations of Caribbean folk tunes + Shabaka Hutchings / Leafcutter John (duo)

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“British jazz's new king.” – Jazzwise

Delighted to welcome saxophonist, band leader and composer, Shabaka Hutchings to OTO for a three day residency spanning the wide range of his constantly evolving creative output.



String quartet with clarinet - Ligeti Quartet


Composed reinterpretations of Caribbean folk tunes

Anthony Joseph / poet 
Kadialy Kouyate / kora
Neil Charles / bass 
Ade Egun Crispin Robinson / percussion


Shabaka Hutchings / Leafcutter John (duo)

Shabaka Hutchings

Hutchings was born in 1984 in London. He moved to Barbados at the age of six, began studying classical clarinet aged nine and remained until sixteen. Shabaka's primary project is the group Sons of Kemet, which won the 2013 MOBO Award for Jazz Act of the Year. In June 2014 Shabaka was invited to join the Sun Ra Arkestra, performing with them and recording a session for BBC Radio 3. He has performed and recorded with Courtney Pine's Jazz Warriors, Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics, Polar Bear and Soweto Kinch. Some of the many notable musicians he has shared the stage with include Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra, Louis Moholo, Evan Parker, King Sunny Ade and Orlando Julius to name a few.

As part of the Caribbean diaspora, he sees his role as that of pushing the boundaries of what musical elements are considered to be Caribbean. Constantly evaluating the nature of his relationship with musical material and tradition, he describes his attempts at composition as wrestling matches with questions of where and how the Caribbean can be encoded, and what happens when it is exposed to the western classical music cannon.

Leafcutter John

Bradford-born, Wakefield-raised John Burton grew up fascinated by sound, and as a young boy would often drift off to sleep to the diffuse tones of his dad’s progressive rock collection emanating from the room beneath him. His first recordings reached the offices of Planet Mu Records, at which point acquired his artist name, suggested by a friend who compared his creativity and industriousness to that of a leafcutter ant.

He would go on to release three critically acclaimed albums for the label followed by releases on Staubgold, Tsuku Boshi, and Desire Path, as well as joining Seb Rochford’s experimental jazz outfit Polar Bear, and remixing and collaborating with the likes of Badly Drawn Boy, Beck, Capitol K, Imogen Heap, Shabaka Hutchings, and Talvin Singh amongst others.

His most recent album Yes! Come Parade With Us was released on James Holden’s label Border Community in 2019 – weaving field recordings from the Norfolk coastline together with layers of lyrical modular synth, comprising seven bright-eyed anthems that beam with positivity and a sense of place.