Mystery venue is now revealed as Wellington Mill, Pollard Street East, Manchester M40 7FS.
All venue information can now be seen in our news-post here and you can download the Irwin Mitchell mjf originals Venue Info pdf (includes how to get there and facilities).
Andy Stamatakis-Brown (keyboards)/Kyran Matthews (saxophones)/Jeff Guntren (flute, tenor saxophone)/Emily Burkhardt (baritone saxophone)/Graham South, Nick Walters (trumpets)/ Ellie Smith (trombone)/Rich McVeigh (bass trombone)/Jim Wallace (guitar)/Paul Baxter (double bass, bass guitar)/Johnny Hunter (drums)/Sam Draper (electronic drums)/Blain Cousin, Ric Lowe (projections)
This year’s new commissioned work, Cottonopolis, explores iconic aspects of Manchester’s colourful past: the industrial revolution power-house and the heart-beat of Madchester’s dance music scene. A 12-piece ensemble, drawn mostly from the Manchester Jazz Collective, will combine with the noise of mill machinery to create the atmosphere of a contemporary club night, while evoking the clatter and rhythms of a C19th millhouse. This experience of weird and wonderful entertainment will feature live projections by Norvun Devolution club night and DJs from Space Cassette. Industrial-revolution dance music with C21st players. Industrial-revolution dance music with 21st Century musicians.
Irwin Mitchell mjf originals provides a talented regional artist with an exceptional opportunity to showcase new work. Manchester-based pianist and composer, Andy Stamatakis-Brown, has been awarded this year’s commission. A member of the Manchester jazz circuit for the past 15 years, he currently leads the ‘Andy Stamatakis-Brown Trio’, plays in ‘Gypsies of Bohemia’, and composes and plays piano for the 10-piece ‘Manchester Jazz Collective’. His concept, Cottonopolis, will explore iconic aspects of Manchester’s colourful past – as the industrial revolution power-house and the heart-beat of ‘Madchester’s’ dance music scene.
Manchester’s cotton industry was inextricably linked to the slave trade, which in turn shaped the history of jazz. The mechanical sounds of mill machines were the soundtrack to many peoples’ working lives during the 19th Century. A hundred years later, the innovators of house and techno music sought to create music that echoed factory life in Detroit and Chicago. Manchester’s party scene became a focal point for this music in the late 1980s and 1990s.
mjf is grateful to Irwin Mitchell for its continued sponsorship of the mjf originals series, which seeks out and pioneers new jazz. Every year, musician-composers from the North West are invited to propose ambitious ideas for a new work to be premiered at mjf. The only open jazz commissioning scheme of its kind in the UK, it has generated 19 major new works so far.