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International Anthem presents: CHICAGOxLONDON

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Portrait of Alabaster Deplume outside staring into the distance

A night of one-off collaborations and performances, bringing together a line-up of artists from the Chicago avant-garde redefining the future of jazz. 

The musical and spiritual connections of Chicago’s and London’s jazz scenes come together for an evening of special one-off collaborations and performances. The line-up features Chicago avant-garde artists from pioneering label International Anthem alongside London artists from Total Refreshment Centre’s circle. Artists include: London-based Mancunian poet, saxophonist and composer Alabaster DePlume, Chicago’s spiritual jazz oracle Angel Bat Dawid, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Ben LaMar Gay, guitarist Jeff Parker, alongside a number of special guests.

Start time: 7.30pm

Approximate running time: 160 mins, plus encore and 20 min interval.

Please note all timings are approximate and subject to change.

Produced by the Barbican, part of EFG London Jazz Festival


Alabaster DePlume saxophone, vocals, guitar
Angel Bat Dawid clarinet, piano, vocals
Ben LaMar Gay cornet, synth, vocals
Conrad Singh guitar
Dan Nicholls synths
Donna Thompson drums, vocals
Edinho Gerber guitar
Jeff Parker guitar
Matt Davis sousaphone, vocals
Mikey Kenny fiddle
Momoko Gill drums
Rosetta Carr bass
Theon Cross tuba
Tommaso Moretti drums


Matana Roberts

Read the programme

Kevin Le Gendre speaks to the CHICAGOxLONDON’s avant-garde jazz musicians Ben LaMar Gay and Alabaster DePlume about their unique collaboration, set to open this year’s opening show at the Barbican.