A vital part of M&F is creating a brand that audiences, partners, sponsors and artists trust and encouraging the media to respond to the unique and exciting line ups. Many of these musicians play vital roles in the cultural vibrancy of their homeland but find it a challenge to receive conspicuous media support.
Match&Fuse are expanding by having ‘threads’ run through established festivals and events that reach broad audiences. These are branded events curated by Match&Fuse, some of which are part of our tours, as a way of giving different audiences and the media a taste of alternative European scenes.
Match&Fuse Presents at EFG London Jazz Festival, November 2016
Friday 11 at King’s Place
Saturday 12 at King’s Place
Artists to be announced.
M&F Presents at #4Jazz Festival, Coventry, November 2015
Created by JazzUK this is a new 2-day festival. Match&Fuse held events with the double bill of:
World Service Project and Zodiac Trio
And a performance by the nine-piece band, Perhaps Contraption
Match&Fuse Presents at EFG London Jazz Festival, November 2015
Three different events to capture the imagination during this extensive festival.
Friday 13 at King’s Place: LABtrio (BE) and Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur (UK)
Tuesday 17 at Vortex: Blue-Eyed Hawk (UK), Magnus Loom (UK) and Water Boogie System (SE)
Saturday 21 at Barbican Freestage: Let Spin (UK) Jazzator (CH) and Tin Men & the Telephone (NL)
The Eirik Tofte Match&Fuse Orchestra comes into being at the end of each our festivals. It is a major ‘fuse’ with the musicians that have played coming together to form an original spectacle.
Since the music the orchestra plays is completely improvised and these musicians have never played all together before, the result is often mayhem with a good injection of fun and energy. It tests the musicians and their ability to take risks and gives the audience an insight into live improvisation.
The ensemble is conducted by a lead musician using improvisation and soundpainting techniques as used by musical innovators such as Sun Ra and Frank Zappa amongst others. This involves pre-arranged hand signals to bring some direction to the created music without stifling it or affecting the spontaneous experience.
Where our festivals are multi-sited the musicians form a street procession, joining together in the orchestra. Bringing some nerve and ritual to our events is part of the philosophy of enjoying music in new and interesting contexts.
The orchestra is named in memory of Match&Fuse’s first key co-producer and friend, Eirik Tofte (1988-2013).
“It is a joyous spontaneous thing – an opportunity for the musicians involved to do something different together.” – London Jazz News