N22 Jazz Festival presents:
Marco & The Freedivers
Entry Requirements: 16+
Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival
Marco & The Freedivers blend the warm sound of Blues Rock with the Contemporary European Jazz flavours. Original songs and instrumentals drift through fast swing ostinatos, free improvisations, psychedelic shuffles and lazy, melancholic 12 bar cycles.
Marco & The Freedivers, Blues Rock Jazz Trio, perform their new songs from the upcoming album. The new songs reflect on the current re-evaluation and understanding of human life, and our relationship with Nature, and a search for answers that are within us.
Words and sounds concur in the hero’s journey; primordial resilient Blues, bursting anger of Rock, and freedom of Jazz.
Their name evolved from Marco’s life as a freediver, the act of being underwater on a single breath, which leads to inner meditative stillness and awareness, connecting to the mistery of the Ocean and her inhabitants.
Marco Piccioni is a Blues Rock & Jazz guitarist and singer based in London, UK. A graduate from Berklee College of Music, Marco has worked in New York, Italy and UK. As a solo artist, he has recorded two albums, “Waterflight” with his Quartet, and “Far” with his Trio. He is also part of the Modal Contemporary band Collocutor by Tamar Osborn; he has worked with various UK artists, including Fiona Ross, Julia Biel, the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, and Cleveland Watkiss.
Chris Nickolls is a Jazz and Rock drummer, a graduate from the London College of Music in 2004, has performed and recorded with Frank Sinatra Jr, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Andy Sheppard, Jason Rebello and Clare Martin. He has played at many of the top venues in the UK including The Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Ronnie Scott’s. Chris also composes and produces music from his studio. Some of his work has been featured on TV, online, and on albums with various artists.
Jason Simpson is a double bass player, he attended the Guildhall School of Music and performs regularly in and around London. Most of Jason’s work is as a freelance sideman, he has played and toured with a few original projects in recent years. Notable venues include Ronnie Scotts, 606, Royal Festival Hall, and the Albert Hall. Jason has recently recorded an album with The Overground Collective, due out for release soon on Babel.
MARCO & THE FREEDIVERS Marco Piccioni (guitar), Chris Nickolls (drums), Jason Simpson (double bass)
Photo credit: Alexandra Dao
Doors open 7pm, music from 8pm.