Being asked to curate at the 2016 Harrogate Festival has been such an honour. As this is my first time as a curator, I wanted to show a wide variety of fantastic artists, some whose music is new to me and some whom I know very well. ESKA, is an artist like no other and a definite Festival highlight, I’ve known her amazing music for many years and it’s a privilege to be able to include her. Supporting the Festival’s Young Musicians programme is something I’m proud to be associated with, and I’m very much looking forward to hearing the set from the wonderful young talent Vanessa Rani. Her beautifully fused music is deeply-routed in India’s rich musical culture and effortlessly blended with sounds from around the globe. I’m intrigued to hear what journey she’ll take the Harrogate listeners on.
I have also brought two of my own projects. I’ll be performing original material from my upcoming seconf release with the Jay Phelps Quartet, whilst the Projections of Miles programme is a night dedicated to the life and spirit of the great Miles Davis, performing Davis’ music, from classics to rare.
I’m very privileged to present such an array of talented artists, I hope you enjoy! – Jay