THE WORD “jazz” can be a killer label for a festival. Far better to come up with another term – and the three-day Match and Fuse has come up with “new music”.
Which is also accurate. Bands from England, Scotland, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland will, say the organisers, play “extreme jazz, brute rock, hip-hop, beat boxers, doom jazz, happy jazz, hardcore, ambient soundscapes, electronica and acoustic free jazz”.
In other words, don’t call it simply “jazz”: it has to sound more exciting than overweight old men in straw boaters playing pleasant foot-tappers.
Match and Fuse is an annual festival that aims to connect creative scenes throughout Europe. It started in London in 2012, so this is its return.
Three nights, three venues: too much to explain in a short article. Best go to the M and F website, which describes the acts and, obviously, gives venue, time and entry price.
The festival will culminate in a procession featuring the Eirik Tofte Match and
Fuse Orchestra, named in honour of festival instigator Eirik Tofte (1988-2013).
On Saturday the ensemble will set out from its headline performance at Café Oto around midnight to march to the Vortex for a short set before another group closes the festival.
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* Main picture (supplied) shows the splendidly named Schnellertollermeier (something to do with speed and greatness – they’re from Switzerland)
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