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Sloth Racket

29th Sep 16 // 18:45

Sloth Racket is a quintet of UK improvisers led by baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts, with Anton Hunter (Beats & Pieces Big Band, Article XI) on guitar, Sam Andreae (Trio Riot, Silence Blossoms) on tenor saxophone, Seth Bennett (Metamorphic, En Bas Quartet) on bass and Johnny Hunter (Nat Birchall, Johnny Hunter Quartet) on drums. Cath's compositions combine composed fragments with graphic notation to explore the balance between freedom and structure, and range across musical territories from fiery free jazz, to minimal improv textures, to deep grooves.

£5, £10 or £20 - you choose!

What we are

OUT FRONT! is a not-for-profit music development organisation based in Derby. We present a monthly series of concerts for all ages that explores the rich worlds of jazz, modern creative and totally improvised music, all at an affordable price; and are planning a week of music in Derby.

Our main aims are

  • to aid development of a complete and holistic jazz scene in Derby and the Midlands;
  • to improve the range, access and appreciation of jazz and improvised music in the Midlands region; and
  • to develop a nationally respected infrastructure for jazz, jazz-related and improvised music in Derby.

What We're About

Listening to live music is part of the cultural education of a population; and a rounded cultural education of the population contributes positively to the health and economy for a city. When families listen to music together, it can improve social cohesion.

Improvisation is one of the pinnacles of human creative achievement; and jazz is the primary art form that showcases the passionate dedication required to develop memory, listening, reflexes, collaborative teamwork, and high technical skill. Being able to experience this (either through attending a concert, or playing) can inspire and empower; not just in music, but in other social and work-related activities.

OUT FRONT! has a primary focus on showcasing this amazing music through engaging households to experience live jazz and improvised music; and making those events accessible in terms of pricing, environment and time. This has the potential to bring children and young adults into contact with the music without diminishing family time.