Since launching the Beerfest in 2013, Guildhall Yard has played host to some top musical performances, ranging in genres. This year's Beerfest features brilliant female City Music Foundation artists, as part of the City of London's Women: Work and Power programme of events. We genuinely believe the personality of the music should match that of the beer, and last year we brought you a host of talent that kept the good times coming... and the beer flowing!
ROSIE TURTON QUINTET
Rosie Turton is a trombonist and composer based in London. Known for her playing with septet Nerija, Huw Bennet Quintet and SE Dub Collective to name a few, she now brings forward her band playing her most recent explorations into composition.
This quintet is a recent creation, lead by strong melodies blending the sound of trombone, violin and electronics over a bed of interlocking grooves and soundscapes from the rhythm section. It explores the connections of the sounds of jazz, hip hop and Indian Classical music, among other influences.
Hugely fun, outrageously loud and extraordinarily talented, London-based Balkan music octet Baltika is made up of the UK’s top jazz, world and session musicians. Performing traditional Bulgarian and Hungarian folk tunes with high-octane brass and percussion, this foot-stomping band are not to be missed!
Maria Chiara Argiro/Alex Hitchcock Group
Italian pianist MCA has received critical acclaim for her recent album 'The Fall Dance' and is one of London's most sought-after creative improvisers and composers thanks to her work with Kinkajous, Teotima and others. Together with award-winning saxophonist Alex Hitchcock, they will explore new music written especially for the festival along with other music from legends Hermeto Pascoal and Wayne Maria Schneider.
CHELSEA CARMICHAEL'S MINGUS PROJECT
Chelsea Carmichael is a London-based Composer, Arranger and Saxophonist, and part of the growing movement amongst the younger generation of jazz players in London’s thriving music scene.
A recent graduate of Trinity Conservatoire’s Jazz department, she has played alongside international artists such as Terence Blanchard, Courtney Pine, and Etienne Charles. For this performance, she brings together some of London’s finest young players to celebrate one of many of Charles Mingus’s timeless works - Mingus Ah Um.
The Gorodi/Braysher Quartet specialise in playing contrafacts, which are original melodies composed over the structure and harmony of familiar jazz standards. Both Gorodi and Braysher have been influenced by the linear approach to improvising, something for which these musicians are celebrated. This approach leads to adventurous melodic lines and harmonic surprises.