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BOREAL SUN

17th May 2024, 8.30pm

Boreal Sun is a collaboration between vocalist Liselotte Östblom and producer/multi-instrumentalist Matt Roberts showcasing the very best talent of the city’s thriving jazz, groove and independent music scenes.

Ticket prices

£35 – £50

Line-up

LISELOTTE ÖSTBLOM – vocals
MATT ROBERTS – trumpet, keys
EMMA RAWICZ – tenor sax, flute
JAY VERMA – Rhodes
BILLY ADAMSON – guitar
CHRIS HARGREAVES – bass
JOSH BLACKMORE – drums
PEDRO SEGUNDO – percussion

Exploring themes of burnout, hedonism, and the strains of modern society, the track is a dancefloor-ready concoction of broken beat and 70s fusion. Balancing frantic instrumental breaks with lyric-led verses, the arrangement reflects moments of escape from anxiety before being pulled back into the chaotic void of modern life. The duo channel artists including Knower and Brotherly to craft a unique sound world based around stacked synths, syncopated grooves and soaring unison guitar and vocal melodies.

The project combines syncopated grooves, sweeping orchestrations, uplifting vocal hooks, powerful lyrical themes and explorative improvisations. The result is a rich, captivating sonic landscape that speaks to the breadth of influences that have informed the duo. Influences that range from the 1970s fusion excursions of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, to London’s Broken Beat and Acid Jazz movements of the 1990s. But make no mistake, Boreal Sun present an unmistakably contemporary sound, with a unique scope and depth of musicality.