Look, Stranger

18th November 2013 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
UtterJazz weave swing, samba, blues and grooves through their vibrant re-imaginings of Benjamin Britten’s WH Auden songs with readings by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Poet in the City presented the London showcase of this acclaimed show combining poetry and jazz. Celebrated actor Derek Jacobi joins singer Ruthie Culver and her UtterJazz quartet in a compelling homage to two of the most influential voices of the 20th century.

The power of WH Auden’s words – by turns outspoken, lyrical or witty – together with the rich harmonies and beautiful melodies of Benjamin Britten provide inspiration for vibrant jazz re-workings of their 1930s songs.

Auden’s ceaseless experimentation is reflected in diverse styles from swing and samba to folk and funk, infused with classical sounds and unique improvisations.

Sir Derek Jacobi is an acclaimed and BAFTA winning actor. He is widely considered one of the UK’s greatest stage actors and has a vast range of screen credits including the films Gosford Park and The Kings Speech.

Ruthie Culver Vocalist Ruthie Culver is known for her eclectic repertoire, ranging from European political kabaret and tango to modern jazz, latin jazz and original compositions. Her debut album Refashioned was launched with a live performance on BBC Radio 2 and was the Evening Standard Jazz CD of the month. She created UtterJazz in 2009 to explore fresh ways of working with jazz and poetry, and take them to new audiences.

The group devises projects using a contemporary fusion approach, drawing on the knowledge and creativity of a group of superbly versatile and talented musicians, who between them work across the fields of jazz, classical, pop, world music and composition. Audio clips of UtterImpro and the musicians’ biographies are available at www.ruthieculver.com.
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