There’s something very seductive about late night jazz – Jazz Theatre After Midnight at London Irish Centre Saturday night (5 August at 8pm) promises subconscious games and dreams that are uncontrolled by the human mind.
A woman wanders through her fantasies to live performances of songs by Ray Charles, Nina Simone and others.
This has been arranged by Latvian pianist Andrejs Osokins and percussionist Elvijs Endelis, known for his mastery of a wide variety of instruments, woven together by the singing of Katrina Gupalo, often characterised by the sensuality of her voice, and expressive dancing by Gabija Birina.
All four performers have travelled the world with different projects, working with internationally acclaimed artists.
Osokins has performed at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and St-Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Birmingham Symphony Hall, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Berlin Philharmonie and La Verdi in Milan – and collaborated with Dublin National orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Gupalo is one of Latvia’s most extraordinary musicians and has participated in the Music Academy of the West Festival in Santa Barbara, CA, where she collaborated with New York Philharmonic chief conductor Alan Gilbert and British top composer Thomas Adès.
Birina worked with the Latvian National Ballet Company and has collaborated with American artist Donna Huanca in the Zabludowicz Collection in London.
Endelis regularly performs with all major Latvian orchestras as well as with percussionist ensemble Perpetuum Ritmico.
This experimental show will be accompanied by video projections, created by Janis Romanovskis, giving it a modern twist.