WITH A building calling itself Dalston Culture House, Gillett Square, off Kingsland High Street, promises much. But a tourist who straggles across the open space will see a bleak area dominated by greyness, occasionally relieved by the blue uniforms of a pair of plastic plods summoned to shoo away a few derelict people breaking the square’s ban on alcohol.
The Vortex jazz club puts on a bright face but several changes of operator of the café below the upstairs club suggests that it is not yet at the heart of hipster culture. You’ll find that near Dalston Junction, a few hundred metres south.
So how brave of a group of cool jazzers (there are such beings) to take their music to Gillett Square for Match&Fuse, a free festival based at the Vortex, next month.
WorldService Project say they are touring “their ambitious initiative” with the “brightest, dirtiest young European and Scandinavian bands” as part of a five-year plan that includes London, Rome and Oslo (Oslo?).
They add: “M&F2012 will also feature a dance and percussion project, performances from local school workshops and the ginormous M&F big band, bringing together 18 of the European musicians into a chaotic whole.”
As for WorldService Project, keyboardist Dave Morecroft leads his team through “face-slapping funk” and “catchy zigzagging melodies”. (That’s an edited version of Time Out gush: it seemed best to spare you any more of the writer’s florid excesses.)
Among other performers will be Neo, a punk jazz trio from Italy; ReDiviDeR from Eire; and Tin Men and the Telephone, from the Netherlands, who narrowly defeat fellow M&F performers Les Rauchen Verboten (almost German for “No smoking”) for best band name.
Talking of apparently difficult words, Gillett should be pronounced as in Millett, just as it is with people of that surname, such as Charlie Gillett (1942-2010). The world-music champion was sharp — but nobody ever referred to him as a disposable razor blade.
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* Match&Fuse 2012, a free festival, Fri 15 June, from 8.15pm (so precise, so un-jazz) and Sat 15 June in the square and at Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ, from 1pm. For more details, press this link.
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