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Linda Sharrock

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The Delius Arts & Cultural Centre

An early evening/matinee performance from one of the most uniquely wondrous voices in music – free jazz legend Linda Sharrock! Singing alongside her current band (In) The Abyssity Of The Grounds, consisting of Mario Rechtern (saxophones), Theresa Eipeldauer (voice), Didi Kern (drums) and Margaret Unknown (guitar, electronics and voice), this is a rare opportunity to witness one of the most powerful voices of the 20th Century avant-garde.

Sharrock’s vocal work on her deceased ex-husband Sonny Sharrock’s albums ‘Black Woman’, ‘Monkey Pocky Boo’ and ‘Paradise’ augured a transition from the old jazz toward a revisionary and visionary smashing of form and idiom. It blended her rich gospel heritage with a drive toward the avant-garde that stood as a hugely powerful symbol for the African-American experience, as the United States moved from the subtlety of the early civil rights movement to the sociopolitical primal scream that was Black Power! Melodic moans and wails slowly unfurled into waves of shrill, powerful screams that mirrored and battled with the ferocity of Sonny’s guitar.

Linda divorced Sonny Sharrock in ’78 and moved to Vienna where she she worked with Franz Koglmann, Eric Watson, and Wolfgang Puschnig into the 1990s. In 2007, after forging a now long-running musical partnership with saxophonist Mario Rechtern, Sharrock suffered a life-changing stroke that not only impaired her ability to move freely but also to sing. It’s no understatement to say that her recent return to performance has been more of a rebirth than a rehabilitation. Gone are the Gospel-infused exultations. In their place a deep, rising moan that extends and draws itself out into a final, lengthy primal wail that illustrates the sociopolitical position of Sharrock’s disability as clearly as the records she made in the ’70s illustrated her position as a Black Woman in America.

This performance precedes the release of a brand new triple album on Golden Lab Records (out March 2016), credited to Linda Sharrock / (In) The Abyssity Of The Grounds – Sharrock’s first major work in years. Needless to say, it is an unmissable event for anyone even vaguely interested in the 20th Century avant-garde, Free Jazz and African-American history.

Tickets £5 | Doors open 5pm

The Delius Arts & Cultural Centre,
29 Great Horton Road,

This event is part of Artworks Creative Communities programme of events funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation www.artworkscreative.org.uk

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