EFG LJF Tomorrow the Moon V Casimir Connection + Trio Cucara

A special event for the EFG London Jazz Festival. New original music from leading women jazz composers as part of the Tomorrow the Moon V season. The Casimir Connection led by Diane McLoughlin featuring Benet McLean and Trio Cucara featuring Deirdre Cartwrighjt, Josefina Cupido and Alison Rayner.

Set in the intimate candlelit atmosphere of Stoke Newington’s own medieval church, St Mary’s Old Church on Church Street, this will be an evening full of atmosphere, invention and beauty.

The Casimir Connection Saxophonist and composer Diane McLoughlin’s new ensemble explores the boundaries between classical, folk and jazz. Featuring saxophone, violin, double bass and piano, the music allows space to explore sound and silence. This creates music of intensity and intimacy, echoing chamber music of the classical tradition. Quiet and brooding, serene and uplifting, with influences from Keith Jarrett to Poulenc, Bartok and Balkan folk music,

The Casimir Connection is a jazz chamber group for the modern era.

Diane McLoughlin: band leader, composer, saxes.
Benet McLean: violin
Pawel Grudzien: piano and violin
Tim Fairhall: double bass

Diane McLoughlin band leader, composer, saxes. Currently playing with the ARQ (the Alison Rayner Quintet) Diane has lead many groups including Giant Steppes, her 18 piece big band, which performed to critical acclaim throughout Britain.

Benet McLean violin. Critically acclaimed Benet has played with many international artists including Omar, Yehudi Menuhin, Dennis Rollins, Sir Simon Rattle, Carleen Anderson, Tommy Smith.

Pawel Grudzien piano and violin. Pawel is a classically trained multi instrumentalist, composer and producer based in London and Dublin and plays with many artists including Mary Coughlan, Graham J, Jaime Nanci and Neil Watkins.

Tim Fairhall double bass. Tim has played extensively both in Britain and worldwide, in wide ranging musical genres with ensembles such as the London Improvisers Orchestra, Ti/om and the Markhov Chain, Yasmin Levy, the John Martin Quartet and Madwort’s Menagerie.

‘The bright fibrous sound of Diane McLoughlin’s soprano saxophone is a particular delight’
Dave Gelly, The Guardian

‘McLoughlin can mix a keening tone with a melodic sweetness’ Andy Robson (Jazzwise magazine)

‘Benet McLean is both a sensitive group player and gifted soloist. His improvisations are vibrant percussive flashes of colour, full of trills and slurs, concise and witty’. Peter Marsh (BBB Jazz Review)


Trio Cucara Three women with something to say!
Deirdre Cartwright, Josefina Cupido and Alison Rayner toured all over the world as members of the Guest Stars. All leaders in their own right, they have joined together to create beautiful original songs and instrumentals that reflect Life and Art. Jazz, folk and world music influence a set that is exciting, inventive and fun.

Deirdre Cartwright Guitar & effects
Josefina Cupido Vocals & Percussion
Alison Rayner Double Bass & Vocals

‘If there is a more complete guitarist in contemporary music than Deirdre Cartwright – I’d like to know who it is’ Dave Gelly The Observer ‘

Alison Rayner, with her big warm acoustic sound, faultless time, tuning and taste and creative solo ability, clearly belongs in the front rank of contemporary bassists.’ Digby Fairweather

£12.00 advance £15.00 door

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Casimir Connection Photo credit
Amanda Wimsett