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PEPPERS Fishguard Presents Matteo Bortone ‘TRAVELERS’ with support from The Evil Usses
November 24, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:45 pm
PEPPERS Fishguard Presents
Matteo Bortone ‘TRAVELERS’Formed by Italian bass player and composer Matteo Bortone in 2008, TRAVELERS is a french/Italian quartet embracing sonic adventures trying to explore the edge between contemporary jazz and rock/pop music. This musical intention is created by bridging a weaving world of contrasts and dialogues between heady melodies, sweet songs and full-on improvisations where electric and acoustic interwine. Travelers sound concept is determined by the composition and instrumentation but also by the belief and the will to be a group with the same line-up, a band with- out prima dona where the artistry and personality of the musicians are revealed throughout Bortone’s repertoire, tailor-made for his companions. The young group unites four of the most outstanding musicians of the new jazz generation: together with Matteo, Antonin - Tri Hoang (alto sax, clarinets), Fran- cesco Diodati (guitar, effects) and Ariel Tessier (drums). Their first work has been released in March 2013 (Zone di Musica rec.): the album received some important press awards as the “Révélation Jazzman” and “Jazz Découverte” in France as well as “Jazzit likes it” in Italy. Jazz It magasine selected it as one of the 100 greates jazz albums of 2013 All compositions are signed by Matteo Bortone except the ballad “Man of the hour” written by Eddie Vedder vo- calist of grunge/rock band Pearl Jam. “One of the most audacious band of the new jazz scene” Theodore Van Clear – Djam Antonin-Tri Hoang Alto Sax, Clarinets Francesco Diodati Guitar, Effects Matteo Bortone Double bass Ariel Tessier Drums
The Evil Usses
Formed in the summer of 2013, the band met at Dartington College of Arts but cemented their musical friendship during a psychedelic fishing trip in the wilds of East Anglia. Finding themselves without a vehicle and only their rods and a collection of cheap harmonicas for survival, the delusions of parallel robotic selves from the future became their only reality. Soon after, they relocated to a disused library in Bristol and began experimenting with transcendental bird fighting, effects pedals and bio-degradable chorus lines. After a series of open air performances incorporating gymnastic feats and the amplified drones of slow cooked roadkill, the group hunkered down in the library, learnt to play their instruments and set off on an ill-fated tour of motorway service stations across the south-west of England, brought to a dramatic end by their unfortunate incarceration by the Wiltshire police. They are now available for secular weddings and grown-up birthdays.
The Evil Usses are a Bristol based four piece; sax, electric guitar, bass and drums playing rocky notjazz, jazzy notrock, post-op pop, notmuch and a lot else. With improvisation at the seat of their compositions, their music is energetic and spontaneous. Identifiable in their sound are jazz, rock, pop and more, although their experimental music does not fit comfortably into any one of these genres as it turns between the tender and harmonious to discordant, noise-out interplay.
"...by the time The Evil Usses appeared on stage, the audience was at once teeming. A fitting Bristol based four-piece that play, as they describe, ‘jazzy notrock, post-op pop’. Through wildly chaotic sax solos and spasmodic guitar bursts, The Evil Usses are a band full of sensory passion and provocation." Bristol Live Magazine