Sunday April 26th – time tbc
Tickets available from mid-March online, by post and from Hebden Bridge Town Hall (weekdays). No telephone booking.
Robert Mitchell is an award-winning pianist, keyboard player, composer, songwriter, poet, and author. For his debut at Hebden he will launch a new solo piano album – ‘The Rainbow Mountain/Can We Care’. This is his 10th album and this show is a part his second UK solo tour. He will perform original music, improvisation, left hand only music and some music by several legends. Robert is proud to have been a Steinway artist for a decade. Last year he was MD on the successful BBC4 television programme ‘Jazz 625 Live: For One Night Only’. He has played with Billy Harper, Greg Osby, Courtney Pine CBE, Alicia Olatuja, Orphy Robinson, Steve Coleman, Phil Ranelin, Omar Puente, Ernesto Simpson, Dayme Arocena, Jason Rebello, Shirley Smart, Basement Jaxx, Dub Colossus, Daniel Casimir, Joshua Redman, Jacqui Dankworth MBE, and many others. He leads the bands Epiphany3, Panacea, and True Think. He had works performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and the Emulsion Sinfonietta, amongst others.
Over his nearly 30 years entrenched in the art of music, Robert Mitchell has recorded ten albums of his own projects, participated in over 100 projects as a sideman and has performed in more than 40 countries. Apart from being a pianist, composer and innovator, he is a festival creator and curator as well as a highly respected educator. Robert has won awards – BBC Jazz Awards (Innovation, as part of the F-ire Collective), Best Jazz Album (BBC DJ Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards) and has been nominated for many more including 2017 British Jazz Composer Award. Robert is proud to be a Steinway Artist and a member of Outward Visions Composers Chamber.
‘This is not at all easy to categorise and is all the more powerful for that. Pulling on jazz traditions from the deep South through to today’s European scene, hip hop and adding in a knowledge of modern classical back to Baroque, Mitchell creates music that doesn’t allow the listener to sit back and relax into familiarity…. Throughout the evening, there was no way of knowing what route he would take, what musical colours he would paint, what soundscapes he would invent’ – Oxford Times
‘There is a deep thought in every note of Mitchell’s playing. At times he proceeds so slowly that we have time to think about each note right along with him.’ – Walter Kolosky
‘Mitchell is a lyricist and a thinker , and British jazz is far richer for his presence.’ – Mike Butler
‘Mitchell is possessed of possibly the most prodigious technique I’ve heard in any pianoman and he used it to the full ‘ – Lance Liddle
‘…a very important influential musician’ – Gilles Peterson
The astonishing Robert Mitchell, familiar as the pianist and MD for the recent ‘BBC Four celebrates Jazz 625 For One Night Only’, took the keyboard apart in every sense of the word. He uses both hands and sometimes cross-hands with equal force to build solos of unbelievable depth and complexity. Urged on by his fellow players and the awe-struck audience, his playing became ever more audacious as the evening progressed. thejazzmann.com