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Dee Byrne/Charlotte Keeffe/Shirley Smart Trio: Lunchtime Concert




A lunchtime concert with a new, freely improvising trio formed of three dynamic musicians with highly original voices in London’s thriving improvised music scene. All  three musicians lead their own projects, and play a wide range of music straddling various genres, and this trio explores their shared interest in free improvisation and experimental music, and also the interplay between acoustic instruments and electronics.

Dee Byrne by Carl Hyde, Charlotte Keeffe by Samantha Turner, Shirley Smart by Monika S. Jakobowska

Dee Byrne is a London-based saxophonist, composer and improviser. Her collaborations include: Cath Roberts’ ten piece ensemble Favourite Animals, electronics duo Deemer, UK/Swiss ensemble Moonmot, Swiss quintet Ydivide and Brit Funk group Atmosfear. She also occasionally plays with Paradox Ensemble (22a records), Beats & Pieces Big Band (efpi records) and London Improviser’s Orchestra. Dee’s quintet Entropi has toured the UK twice and performed at Manchester and Lancaster Jazz Festivals (2016), London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals (2017),  Marsden and Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival (2018) and Kings Place and Jazz In The Round (2019). Dee also co-runs LUME, a small artist-run organisation with a focus on the creation of new original/improvised music. LUME’s offshoot record label Luminous releases projects by co-founders Dee and Cath Roberts.

Charlotte Keeffe’s unique approach to trumpet playing and passion for improvised, experimental and jazz music sees her performing regularly across the UK and internationally. Charlotte is a HMUK Award Winner and leads her own projects inspiring creative freedom. She is also part of several ensembles including Alex Ward’s Item 4 and the LIO. For more info please visit

"...Charlotte Keeffe’s blood-red, rasping flugelhorn and trumpet blew breathy cadences and messages as if her lungs were burning with an electricity all of her own." - Chris Searle, Morning Star

"Fresh on the scene, trumpeter Charlotte Keeffe is a whirlwind of extended techniques and tactile puzzles, removing the mouthpiece to elicit a windy howl, using her left hand as a mute in the bell of the horn and revelling in restless possibilities." - Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise Magazine

Shirley Smart is recognised as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists – being equally at home and well versed in jazz and Middle Eastern music, as well as classical music. Originally trained under Raphael Wallfisch at the Guilldhall School of Music, and Janos Starker in Paris, she subsequently moved to Jerusalem. She remained for 10 years. studying and performing a wide variety of musical traditions from the region, and working with artists including Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and Yasmin Levy. Since returning to the UK, she has quickly become established as a unique performer, and is in demand with artists such as Mulato Astatke, Maya Youssef, Neil Cowley, and Robert Mitchell. She also leads her own projects.
Shirley teaches Improvisation and Jazz at the Royal College of Music and City University, and is a visiting tutor for the National Youth Jazz Collective.

"she morphs seamlessly from Stephane Grappelli like swing and Bird-like bebop...a charming kaleidoscope and jazzy showcase of her global folk music-inspired compositions" - Jazzwise

"..some of the most inventive use of the cello I’ve heard for some time." - Kind of Jazz

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1.10pm - 2.00pmFriday 8th November 2019

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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