The Omar Puente Quintet, Najma Akhtar and the Yiddish Twist Orchestra, are three diverse acts which are set to take part in bi-weekly gigs at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds.
First up is the Omar Puente Quintet (above) who takes to the stage on Wednesday, January 27.
Internationally renowned for his masterful performances in a variety of musical styles, world class violinist Omar Puente is nothing short of a true virtuoso. Having maintained close links with traditional Cuban music, classical genres and jazz, his most recent album “Best Foot Forward”, is rich with energy, colour, creative arrangements and originality.
Two weeks later, on February 10, it’s the turn of pioneering vocalist Najma Akhtar (above).
Najma has established herself a place in World Music history by introducing subtle Jazz nuances to the traditional genre of the Ghazal (South East Asian poetic ballad) and Sufi styles.
Even though her music remains rooted in the traditional music of her ancestral home, her versatility as a writer and composer can be seen through her diverse body of work and her artistic collaborations with some of the world’s most influential and credible musicians, including Nina Simone, Jah Wobble, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Basement Jaxx, Jethro Tull, Philip Glass and many more.
She has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums, the most recent “Five Rivers” includes imaginative interpretations of compositions by Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin, Bryan MacLean and Donovan and explores her Indian-British roots by encompassing a plethora of genres from World Jazz, Rajasthani, Delta Blues, Psychedelic, Rock and Folk, to Sufi, African Blues and Irish Celtic.
Finally, on February 24, the Yiddish Twist Orchestra bring their deliriously danceable mix of Klezmer, West Indian Calypso, mambo, surf guitar, classic Yiddish songs and English beat rhythms.
The highly-acclaimed orchestra is an all-star band whose music pays homage to the genius of Willy Bergman, the unjustly forgotten beatnik funkateer who got the slums and salons on both sides of the water dancing to that pounding London beat, “Der Shvitz”.
Each act will play two reduced-capacity, socially distanced shows, to ensure safety for patrons and remain within government guidelines. Tickets are £19 per show or £48 for all three.
Contact The Apex Box Office on 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk for more information or to book.
Pictured top is the Yiddish Twist Orchestra.