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Jess Gillam

with Zeynep Özsuca and Sam Becker

Jess Gillam sitting on a chair holding her saxophone

It’s hard not to be drawn in by Jess Gillam, an outstanding saxophonist with a bubbling personality to match. Come and see for yourself as she does what she loves to do most – make music with friends.

Is there anything Jess Gillam can’t do? A musician at the top of her game, an advocate for music education, a TV and radio presenter, and the curator of a pandemic-induced Virtual Scratch Orchestra – and all this in her early 20s.

But a love of music was how it all started, and that’s what’s inspired tonight, as Jess picks favourite works from her repertoire, from the tranquillity of Meredith Monk to the dancing rhythms of Astor Piazzolla. Accompanied by regular collaborator pianist Zeynep Özsuca, and with the unusual addition of a double bass played by the talented Sam Becker, this'll be an evening of pure fun.

This performance will end at approximately 8.45pm, with no interval.

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Barbican Sessions: Jess Gillam

In an empty Level G foyer, Jess Gillam performs her ECHO Rising Stars commission: Edmund Finnis's A Spiral Ascending, Kurt Weill's Je ne t'aime pas and Astor Piazzolla's 'Nightclub 1960' from Histoire du Tango with Leif Kaner-Lidström and Sam Becker.

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