Shabaka Hutchings and James Allsopp for East London’s Match&Fuse Festival

Match&Fuse Festival, a celebration of contemporary music designed to showcase new work and to bring together acts from all over Europe, returns to the capital from 2-4 October, with dates at east London venues The Vortex, Rich Mix and Café Oto. The festival will kick off at The Vortex at 8pm on Thursday 2 October with sets from Norwegian extreme jazz ensemble SynKoke, Swiss improv rock group Schellertollermeier and young British pianist Elliot Galvin, who leads his trio in a collaboration with saxophonist Harald Lassen and Norwegian band Pixel.

On Friday 3 October the event moves to Rich Mix for performances from hip hop troop Lazy Habits; a vocal ensemble led by Ben See, featuring female beatboxing champions Bellatrix and Grace Savage, and sets from Sun Ra and Frank Zappa inspired The Comet is Coming with reeds player Shabaka Hutchings. Saxophonist James Allsopp will also be appearing, alongside Nohaybandatrio, with jazz-core ensemble Doffs Poi completing the line-up for the second day.

On Saturday 4 October the music is split between two venues. Doom jazz band Free Nelson Mandoomjazz, Norwegian group Monkey Plot and the improvising Lana Trio with saxophonist John Butcher will appear at Café Oto from 8pm, with parallel sets from Lunch Money, Twinscapes, Snorkel and Physics House Band, along with a free performance from the Wolfram Trio, at The Vortex. The festival culminates with a procession led by The Eirik Tofte Match&Fuse Orchestra who will make their way from Café Oto, where they are headlining the last night of the event, to the Vortex for a second set.

– Thomas Rees

Tickets for events at this year’s festival cost between £7 and £14, with full festival passes available for £24

For more info and tickets go towww.matchandfuse.co.uk

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