Preview: Jazz at the Brighton Festival

This year's Brighton Festival has two concerts of special interest to jazz fans - featuring Nik Bärtsch, Eivind Aarset and Phronesis

The 50th Brighton Festival, this year guest directed by Laurie Anderson, runs from 7 to 29 May. Packed as ever with innovative music, theatre, dance and film, two events stand out for jazz enthusiasts. Ronin’s pianist Nik Bärtsch teams up with guitarist Eivind Aarset in Laurie Anderson’s Song Conversation: Song As A Place, an investigation of song and the spaces inside songs (Brighton Dome Concert Hall, 17 May, 7.30pm). Two days later, contemporary jazz trio Phronesis (pictured right) play the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange (19 May, 8pm).

There are also appearances by the somewhat jazz-flavoured Tindersticks and Laura Mvula.

More information can be found at the festival website.

Text and photos by Bruce Lindsay

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