Shijin - featuring Ivo Neame

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Last Show: Wednesday 5 th October 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Shijin is a pan-European collaboration with a unique twist - all pieces are woven together collectively by all band members during band ‘retreats’. Consequently each piece becomes like a patchwork quilt containing compositional watermarks of all four of the musicians. Listeners can expect dynamic, risk-taking polyrhythmic music sewn together by improvisation and group interplay. Stylistically, the influences are as diverse as ‘Bikutsi’ music from Cameroon, folkloric music from Bahia in North-eastern Brazil and metal bands such as Meshuggah. The band features some of the most sought-after musicians from the French, Belgian and UK jazz scenes; as individuals they have appeared with jazz legends such as Joe Zawinul, Peter Erskine and Hermeto Pascoal.  

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All About Jazz

Stéphane Galland is a Belgian drummer and composer. Founding member of the group Akamoon, he multiplies his collaborations, notably with the trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, the clarinetist Michel Portal, and shared the stage with Joe Zawinul, Axelle Red.

Stéphane Guillaume is a French saxophonist. He also plays the clarinet, the flute and is a distinguished composer and arranger. His collaborations are multiple: Peter Erskine, Didier Lockwood, the ONJ, Claude Nougaro, P. Caratini. 

Ivo Neame is an award-winning pianist and composer from London. In addition to leading his own bands, he has featured in several Pan-European jazz groups including Phronesis and the Marius Neset Quintet. He also played with Hermeto Pascoal, Julian Argu?elles and Kenny Wheeler.

Laurent David, is a mercurial bassist, composer and producer. He lives between Paris and New York where he performs with his trio Kilter (Independent Music Award 2020). He also, in his career as a side man, played with D. Lockwood, Y. Naim, G. Perret, I. Maalouf…

Band Line Up

Stephane Guillaume (saxophones/flutes)

Ivo Neame (piano/keyboards)

Laurent David (electric bass)

Stephane Galland (drums)