Chris Batchelor’s Zoetic: Spring Tour 2020.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Chris Batchelor writes;
I am writing to let you know about the Zoetic Spring Tour starting on February 9th at the Vortex.
Zoetic is a new band of old friends, in some ways a mirror image to Pigfoot - quieter and lyrical, and playing mostly original material. We have a 12 date tour across the country supported by Arts Council England.
Renowned for his melodic and warmly lyrical trumpet playing, Chris Batchelor has been composing music for almost as long as he’s been performing. Winner of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers and a BBC Jazz Award, this new ensemble sees Batchelor further honing and distilling the approach he established in his writing for Loose Tubes and Big Air.
Zoetic was formed in 2018 to create an exceptional group of musicians who have played together for years in many other ensembles. Guitarist John Parricelli and bassist Steve Watts were fellow members of the hugely influential big band Loose Tubes, for which Batchelor was a key composer and arranger. The addition of violist Margrit Hasler and percussionist Paul Clarvis results in a unique and intriguing collective sound, rich in textural possibilities.
Batchelor’s distinctive compositions for Zoetic are the outcome of his long lasting immersion in a wide range of music in London’s varied scene, from East African guitar band grooves to echoes of wistful European folk themes and sinuous lines reminiscent of Arabic music.
Feb 9th - Vortex Jazz Club, London
Feb 27th - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
March 13th - Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton
March 16th -Beeston Library, Notts.
March 17th - Worksop Library, Notts.
March 18th - Southwell Library, Notts.
April 24th - Listen!, Cambridge
May 9th - The Hive, Shrewsbury
May 14th - Lauderdale House, London
May 15th - Birmingham Jazz, 1000 Trades, Birmingham
May 20th - Jazz at The Lescar, Sheffield
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