Saturday 23 July 1pm: ZHENYA STRIGALEV NEVER GROUP

Layout 1Saturday July 23, RIverside Hotel 1pm, €10 book-now

Alto saxophonist and composer Zhenya Strigalev is one of the rising stars of the European jazz scene and he is fast building a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for his exhilarating take on contemporary jazz. His live shows are as exciting as they are uniquely eccentric, and after headlining around Europe with sold out shows at Porgy & Bess in Vienna and Ronnie Scotts in London he brings his powerhouse trio featuring the extraordinary US bassist Michael Janisch (Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Gary Husband) and first-call Spanish drummer Marc Ayza (Jason Linder, Greg Osby) to blend the lines between jazz, funk, rock, electronica and improv in a genre mish-mash of high calibre interplay and raw emotion.

“A typical Strigalev collision of hip jazz virtuosity and surrealism… Strigalev’s alto displays bebop agility, shivery lyricism, or sometimes a bluesy Ornetteish swerve.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“An addictive mix of colourful vignettes… Strigalev’s group could well be the next big thing in jazz.”
★★★★ All About Jazz

“Compelling in its inventive energy… [Strigalev] is an artist who knows jazz’s lineage but is unafraid to create his own path.”
★★★★ All About Jazz

“Russian-born saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev (long domiciled in the UK) is one of jazz’s mavericks. His playing has a mastery which puts him right at jazz’s heart.”
★★★★ The Telegraph (Ronnie Scotts live review)