"Brimming with imagination,
and led by Argirò's artistic drive,
the ardency of
this sextet cannot
be overstated –
and The Fall Dance
is certainly an
- London Jazz News
"Full of passion, intrigue, subtlety and power, it was worth the
admission fee alone."
- Bebop Spoken Here
“. . . a player with impressive listening skills, responding to each soloist with well-timed, intelligent chord voicings and counter-melodies, together with an advanced and fluid soloing voice.” - Sussex Jazz Magazine
Sunday, November 1st
Maria Chiara Argirò Group
"The Fall Dance has real crossover appeal; don’t think of it as a just a jazz record, but think of it as a great record. The playing is just superb . . . the lyrical flow of the music carries you effortlessly down a winding river of sound and exploration . . . A totally sublime experience,” wrote Echoes and Dust about Maria Chiara Argirò’s 2017 debut album.
Maria Chiara's second album, Hidden Seas, is a dreamy jazz, electronic and folk concoction featuring a stellar line-up of fresh young talent from the international music scene in Leila Martial, Sam Rapley, Tal Janes, Andrea Di Biase and Gaspar Sena.
Blending classical music and folk traditions with her own approach to harmony and melody, the compositions – written between Maria Chiara's musical travels around Europe, Asia and America – call upon the sounds and aesthetics of contemporary jazz and the influence of figures such as John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Brad Melhdau.
An experienced band leader, composer, arranger, session musician and teacher, Italian-born, London-based Maria Chiara is an extremely talented pianist and composer with a real vision, performing music that transcends musical boundaries.
The music frequently evokes cinematic images with an unforced, emotional energy, taking the listener with her on her musical journey, with every piece feeling like a mini musical tome. With her subtly percussive, cinematically evocative ensemble - blending electronics, guitar, bass, sax, drums and vocals - she’s a quietly compelling presence in new European jazz.
Her multi-faceted music has real depth and a broad emotional range, while she understands how to provide both direction and freedom to bring out the best in her musicians, who take her music to a rich and rewarding place.
Maria Chiara Argirò (Piano/Electric Piano/Synths), Leila Martial (Vocals), Sam Rapley (Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet), Tal Janes (Acoustic/Electric Guitar/Effects), Andrea Di Biase (Double Bass), Gaspar Sena (Drums).
"Maria Chiara Argirò impresses too, with calmly spun spontaneous lines and reflective chord melodies."
- The Guardian
"The unexpected emotional swirl of pianist/composer Maria Chiara Argirò’s debut release has me in raptures, as its engaging, visceral expressions of
explosive excitement and sweet serenity unfold."
- AP Reviews
Tickets: £14 / £12 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fee)
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm