Thursday 02 May - 4PM


Join us at The Merlin Theatre for a special concert featuring three of the UK’s most adventurous and energetic musicians. Led by four-mallet jazz wizard Jim Hart, Cloudmakers Trio will take you on a journey through space and time with sonic booms, soaring improvisations and floating melodies.
With their uncompromising approach, Cloudmakers Trio effortlessly marry the complex with accessible, the improvised with the composed. Their music lies somewhere between New York’s downtown sound and the modern European tradition and demonstrate what is possible from the under-exploited format of the vibraphone trio. Leader Jim Hart (Marius Neset, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Wheeler), has developed a highly personalised voice on the instrument including preparations to enrich the acoustic sound of the vibes. While pushing the boundaries of what can be done with this instrumentation they remain devoted to in the moment risk taking, a deep groove and strong melodies.

Jim Hart (Wynton Marsalis) – vibraphone Michael Janisch (Quincy Jones) – bass Dave Smith (Robert Plant) – drums

“​Hart has a positive genius for rhythmic hide-and-seek. His improvised lines grab your attention and won’t let go, no matter how many tricky corners he gets into. There’s no mistaking the musicianship and phenomenal togetherness of all three.”
4 Stars, The Observer

“The Cloudmakers Trio brings together three of the most inventive players on
the UK scene.” All About Jazz

“Every note counts in vibraphonist Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers Trio.” The Irish

“The vibraphone remains one of the great unsung heroes of jazz’s arsenal but young British virtuoso Jim Hart has the wit and invention to make its mercurial charms immediately and abundantly apparent.”
The Metro

“They share an interest in maze-like melodies and tricksy time signatures – but they don’t let their music’s intelligence furrow either their brows or the audience’s. What a bright idea this meeting of sympathetic minds had been.” – 4 Stars, The Guardian

“The cream of London’s first call rhythm section players.” Jazzwise Magazine

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Tickets: Adults £6.50, Conc £2.50, Family ticket (two adults + two under-16s) £10
Please note that senior citizens are no longer automatically eligible for concessions. See our guidelines

Running time 1 hr
Recommended for all ages