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This performance took place on Fri 21st Feb 2020 at the School of Music, University of Leeds.

Ben Powling (saxophone) Calvin Travers (electric guitar) Aleks Podraza (piano) Sam Quintana (double bass) Tom Higham (drums)

Wandering Monster perform intricately arranged instrumental jazz which draws upon the soundworlds and sensibilities of rock and world music. Made up of five crossover musicians highly active on the UK music scene, the group reach beyond what may be expected from the tried and tested line-up of the tenor saxophone/guitar quintet. Retaining the harmonic sophistication and improvisational approach of jazz, these influences are juxtaposed with the rhythmic complexity of modern rock. The result is a sound that is intense and raucous, yet also dynamic, sensitive and spontaneous. An engaging live act, the band is able to pull off involved written material alongside moments of exciting, natural improvisation.

This concert includes original material taken from the group’s eponymous debut album (Ubuntu Music 2019) as well as some brand new compositions.

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