EFG London Jazz Festival 2020

Soojin Suh & Kit Downes

Part of K-Music 2020

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Soojin Suh is one of Korea’s leading experimental drummers who has studied music from the age of 5 and graduated from City College of New York. She has released four records (The Moon in Your Hand, Strange Liberation, Colorist, and Embrace) as well as being a member of celebrated group and K-Music 2018 performers Near East Quartet, whose eponymous album came out on ECM in the same year. BBC Jazz Award-winning, Mercury Music Prize-nominated pianist/composer Kit Downes is also an ECM artist, playing solo as well as with his own bands (ENEMY, Troyka, Elt and Vyamanikal). This collaboration with label mate Soojin Suh is exclusive to the K-Music Festival and promises to be a classic. Bassist Ruth Goller joins to complete the unique collaboration

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"NEQ’s rich hour-long set explored all sorts of uncertain, experimental territory with panache, fuelled by Suh’s extraordinary flurries of activity behind her kit – eschewing timing and regular beat for a conversation with and over the fluid textures created by the sax and guitar. With much of the set drawn from their excellent debut album on ECM, there were times when the music came close to the thrilling, sometimes brutal soundscapes of early Seventies Miles Davis"

(**** The Arts Desk)

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"Enticingly strange and wonderful sounds; a lightning musical intelligence" (Telegraph on Kit Downes)

"Soojin Suh launches a barrage from behind the kit" (Downbeat)

"Downes conjures spectral soundscapes, fluctuating moods and a distinct sense of place with sparse piano cadences, rhythmic understatement and the unmistakable sonics of an English parish church organ" (Financial Times)

"Downes’ uncanny ability to make difficult music sound natural" (**** The Guardian)

Band Lineup

Kit Downes (piano)

SooJin Suh (drums)

Ruth Goller (bass)