Town Hall Symphony Hall's Jazzlines are proud to host some of the best talent in Jazz music from across Europe, supported by the EU under the Creative Europe Project through Jazz Connective.
This concert features two of Birmingham’s best emerging artists Ashley Allen and Rosie Tee alongside French duo Watchdog.
A growing presence in the Birmingham Jazz & Gospel scene, keyboardist Ashley Allen has worked extensively with the likes of Gregory Porter, Aynsley Lister, Julie Dexter, and Omar. Ashley will be premiering material from his forthcoming debut album featuring collaborations with a plethora of Birmingham stalwarts.
Rosie Tee is a composer/performer based in Birmingham with an innovative, atmospheric blend of electronica, jazz, classical and pop. With a sound dubbed a “grown-up brand of art-pop” by The Unsigned Guide, her contemporary approach to songwriting straddles the contrasting worlds of alt-pop, rising UK Jazz and contemporary classical. Colour and image are at the centre of Tee’s lyrical writing, depicting imagined scenes and scenarios with sonorities akin to Laura Mvula, Björk and Anna Meredith. Tee has collaborated closely with her quartet, which features a line-up of Rosie on vocals & glockenspiel with synth (Piera Onacko), bass guitar (Dan Cippico) and drum accompaniment (Kai Chareunsy).
Watchdog is a French Duo consisting of Pierre Horckmans and Anne Quillier. The two musicians produce a new texture of sound in the air, mixing shrill and tingling resonances with smooth acoustic vibrations.The compositions are put in space through a fascinating sound-engineer creating literally a sound firework for the ears. A universe without concessions, filed with a rich complexity, where doors are being opened. Habits are disrupted using loops, pedal effects, minimal and noise music, dissonance and saturation, creating a unique and addictive musical environment.