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September 20, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
#117 in our ongoing open mic improv night. Performers simply ahow up on the night and are allocated into small groups to create a spontaneous 5 minute piece, off, then the next group and so on throughout the night. Usually everyone gets on at least twice but only if you show up early. Any instrument or type of performance is welcome (voice, movement, puppetry) we provide PA, mics, amps and basic drums but bring your instrument. If using electronics you will not have time to soundcheck once we start so make sure it works and arrive early to test.
Our feature act for this one is new to SKRONK and is the duo of Simone Baron and Maddalena Ghezzi. Scroll down for bio info on both artists.
Hailing from Milan, Italy, Maddalena Ghezzi is a London-based singer, composer, improviser and educator. Passionate and curious about using her voice in creative ways, she has been working in the field of jazz, improvised and experimental music since moving to the UK in 2009. Her work draws inspiration from the natural world, literature, visual arts and the socio-political status of our world.
As a leader she has released three EPs, Amethyst, Halite and Opal part of her series Minerals, and one album, Eŭropo:sen limoj (Europe With No Borders), with her band FUWAH. Her upcoming EP Emerald with Maria Chiara Argirò is supported by Help Musicians.
Her work was played at BBC Radio 3 (Freeness), Radio Popolare (Prospettive Musicali), Rai Radio 3 (Battiti) Soho Radio (Tamar Osbourn), Pure Jazz Radio and Jazz Is NYC (Chris Hodgkins). Ghezzi was featured in Womxn Of Music Business online platform and her work with her trio Stanza Da Tre has been covered by the The Islington Gazette.
As a collaborator, her most recent collaborations are Alpine Plateau with Ruth Goller, call and responses (Andrew Page), Parasang 8 (Pouya Ehsaei/Manana Records) and Animal Choir (Robbie Judkins).
With her project Maddalena has performed at Milan Jazz Festival, at the Southbank Centre and Hundred Years Gallery and others.
Maddalena studied jazz singing with Brigitte Beraha and is currently deepening her research in singing, Libero Canto, improv and composition with Sara Serpa. To broaden her understanding of the voice she have attended workshops in Mongolian throat singing (Michael Orminston and Candida Valentino), Yiddish and Russian songs (Polina Shepherd), Maquam music (Louai Alhenawi) and others.
Maddalena is part of This Is A Movement an initiative to create a more equitable music industry through an inter-sectional feminist provocation.
Simone Baron is a polyglot pianist, accordionist, improviser and composer whose work “ego-less, genre agnostic and without expectations” (JazzTimes) engages curiously and charismatically with a broad spectrum of experimental idioms. Educated at Oberlin and Tel Aviv University and joyfully de-educated at festivals and performances across Europe and the Americas, Simone has won grants, fellowships and residencies from Chamber Music America, South Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Hambidge Center, i-Park Foundation, Strathmore Foundation, ArtOMI, UMD, Avaloch Farm, the Banff Centre, and Spectrum Toronto. Simone is a Victoria Artist and plays a Poeta XB Accordion.