Loz Speyer's Time Zone

Loz Speyer's Time Zone

1st December 2019

Six-piece Time Zone play an innovative 'deep fusion' of Cuban music and jazz. Soulful, catchy and rhythmically provocative, it has great spirit and really takes the audience on a journey of the heart. 

Leader Loz Speyer’s particular Cuban-Jazz crossover grew out of the collision of Cuban culture with his own when, between 2001-09, the London-based trumpeter spent more than a year in Santiago de Cuba, studying Afrocuban music, working with Son bands, collaborating with Cuban musicians, and starting his own Anglo-Cuban family. His compositions took a similarly unexpected turn, and back in the UK he began touring and recording them with Time Zone. 

Back in Cuba, Loz had recorded three Time Zone pieces with a Cuban band in 2005, one of which was later released on the Babel compilation Now’s The Time II. And in 2009 his collaborative band, Proyecto Evocación, with master percussionist Rafael Cisneros of Ballet Folklorico Cutumba - featured in Santiago's Festival del Caribe, resulting in the 2010 CD Roots en Route – Raices en Viaje.

The current line-up came together in 2012, with a tour that played here. It features maverick guitarist Stuart Hall, ebullient saxophonist Martin Hathaway, conga maestro Maurizio Ravalico, time-wise bassist Dave Manington and emotive drummer Andy Ball.

Drawing on a great breadth of individual musical experience to interpret Loz’s bilingual, bi-cultural compositions, their interaction is the key to this joyful and highly rhythmic music.

Loz’s sleeve notes for the group's new album, Clave Sin Embargo, reference global instability and migration, though without mention of his daughter’s long-distance connection with family in Cuba, or his own ancestors’ migrations.

Individually the band members draw on a huge range of experience, with combined credits including work with Django Bates, Radiohead, Mike Westbrook, Loose Tubes, Tim Berne, Hermeto Pascoal, Roberto Pla, Kenny Wheeler, Dennis Rollins, James Taylor Quartet, Jamiroquai, Clifford Jarvis and Yann Tiersen. 

"Time Zone have a deep, organic understanding of Afro-Cuban rhythms and textures, which they fuse cleverly and compellingly with the more improvisatory jazz of the US mainland. All in all, another delicious evening of first-order live music." - Ian Kingsbury.

”Speyer’s ear for the exultant horn harmonies of traditional Cuban dance music informs a probing crossover composer’s intelligence, in which time signatures are shuffled and idioms overlaid. The result was a consistently intriguing set." - John Fordham, The Guardian.

"An ensemble led by a trumpeter/composer who has absorbed the essence of Cuban music and distilled it quite cunningly into an improvisatory context, with no compromise to either culture. Gritty, graceful sounds with a dark-light intensity." - Kevin Legendre, Echoes.

Tickets £15 / £13 Concessions. Students £6.
Jazz Express Offer: Book for any three gigs and get tickets for just £10 each!
Doors open 7pm, starts 7.30pm.
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