The BA Jazz course at London’s Middlesex University has been producing innovative and highly creative musicians ever since its inception in 1993. Hans Koller, Femi Temowo and Stian Westerhus were all Middlesex students, and a new wave of Middlesex composers and improvisers such as Led Bib, Maria Chiara Argirò and Binker Golding have recently had a major impact on the UK jazz scene.
“MDX Jazz Presents” is new collaboration with ‘Spicejazz’ promoter Paul Pace at the Spice of Life in Soho to promote the work of current and ex-students of the Middlesex course. The February gig has a Greek theme.
VALIA CALDA is a London-based quintet performing music which draws influences from Jazz and Greek folk and tangles between electronic music and free improvisation. A diverse rhythmic language and a variety of sonic possibilities are brought into compositions, merged with each member’s unique approach and creativity, exploring collectively the group’s musical boundaries.
In spring of 2013 the band released independently their debut EP which received several reviews and radio plays in the U.K, America and Greece. Previous performances include London Jazz Festival, BBC Late Proms, Vortex Jazz Club, Cambridge Jazz Festival as well as concerts in the Netherlands and Greece.
VALIA CALDA will be releasing their upcoming album entitled “Methexis” with F-IRE Label in April 2017, which will be followed by a UK and European tour.
SAM WARNER trumpet & flugelhorn, JAMES ALLSOPP bass clarinet
NIKOS ZIARKAS guitar/electronics, GASPAR SENA drums &
Support is from the NICK ZOCHIOS TRIO. Nick is a London based pianist/vocalist from Corfu.In his early twenties he studied jazz piano and harmony at Nakas Conservatory of Music in Athens. In September 2016 he started the BA Jazz course at Middlesex University, and recently formed a piano trio with bassist Daniel Barreto and drummer Andreas Ziarkas, both students from Middlesex University. NICK ZOCHIOS piano, DAN BARRETO bass & ANDREAS ZIARKAS drums – Doors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £10/£8 advance http://www.wegottickets.com/event/389118

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