Anne La Berge - flute / electronics and Robert van Heumen - laptop-instrument
￼￼Shackle is Anne La Berge on flute and electronics and Robert van Heumen on laptop-instrument. Their aim is to explicitly and subtly exploit shackling in both concept and material. This extraordinarily inventive duo has a way of making music all their own. At the heart of Shackle is a self-designed, cutting-edge digital cueing system that operates as a sometimes visible third member. Both prodding and reactive, the Shackle System suggests musical directions and textures to the two performers, opening up a fascinating array of sonic choices for La Berge and Van Heumen to play with and against. Shackle’s performances explode the line between improvisation without borders and tightly controlled forms that are both playful and daring. With uncanny transitions that turn on a dime and long, spun-out tapestries of sound, Shackle’s music works on two levels at once.
The popular seasonal concert of jazz classics features local jazz artists under the direction of Steve Barnett (piano). This year they are joined by the sensational Belfast-based sax virtuoso David Howell; Dave is one of Ireland’s leading sax players, and we are delighted to be featuring him. He is also well known to audiences of QUB Big Band for his guest slots with that ensemble – and he will again appear with them as soloist at tonight’s QUB Big Band concert!
￼The Christmas Concert by popular local jazz ensemble, the QUB Big Band, is a seasonal highlight of the calendar. The Band was formed in 2002 in the School of Music and Sonic Arts at Queen’s, under the direction of former Ulster Orchestra trombone and well-known Belfast jazzer Steve Barnett, with the aim of giving training to young musicians new to jazz. QUB Big Band has regularly appeared with big-name soloists from the London jazz world, such as Gordon Campbell (trombone), Bruce Adams (trumpet) and Alan Barnes (alto sax); tonight’s solo artist is saxophonist David Howell, one of Ireland’s rising jazz stars and a leading sax player of the younger generation.
￼A combined concert with many of our great music ensembles featuring festive music to suit the time of year.