Polar Bear Tickets
Polar Bear Tickets
The brainchild of visionary drummer Seb Rochford, Polar Bear is one of the most important, innovative and influential British jazz acts to emerge in the 21st century. Pushing the genre forward with its incorporation of punk, electronica and folk, the quintet has opened up jazz music to a whole new audience, resulting in several nominations at the highly prestigious Mercury Prize.
Following French dates at Pantin's La Dynamo de Banlieue Bleues and Creil's La Grange a Musique, Polar Bear will perform a handful of shows in Belgium and a single Netherlands gig at Amersfoort's Podium De Kelder before taking the stage at Gdansk's Festiwal Jazz Jantar in Poland. Polar Bear tickets are also available for two U.K. headline concerts at London's Electric Brixton and Southampton's Turner Sims Concert Hall.
Rochford is a prolific drummer who has performed in several other bands, including Acoustic Ladyland, Basquiat Strings, Ingrid Laubrock Quintet and Menlo Park, as well as guesting on albums by Carl Barât and David Byrne & Brian Eno, producing records by Mikill Pane and Gwyneth Herbert, and launching a solo project under the guise of Room of Katinas. The group has collaborated with Portuguese-born London-based rapper Jyager on 2010 mini-album, "Common Ground," and grime-pop singer-songwriter Jin Jin on the 2014 single,"Cuckoo."
Tenor saxophonists Pete Wareham and Mark Lockheart, double bassist Tom Herbert and electronic musician Leafcutter John first teamed up with Rochford in London in 2004 and immediately established their reputation as innovators on the debut album, "Dim Lit." The band's profile received a major boost in the same year when it was nominated for Best Band at the BBC Jazz Awards, with Rochford also picking up a nod for Rising Star.
Throwing everything from drum'n'bass to cool jazz and funk into the mix, the group's hugely eclectic second album, "Held on the Tips of Fingers," saw it become critical darlings when the record hit the shelves in 2005. Alongside a nomination at the Mercury Prize, the record was also featured in The Guardian's poll of 1,000 Albums to Hear Before You Die and Jazzwise magazine's list of 100 Jazz Albums that Shook the World. Polar Bear tickets continued to sell in droves when 2008's self-titled LP and 2010's "Peepers" received similarly glowing reviews.
Polar Bear added to its tally of hit albums in 2014 when "In Each and Every One," the first LP to be produced entirely by Rochford, picked up a second Mercury Prize nomination. Heavily inspired by Rochford's experiences in the Mojave Desert and featuring a collaboration with Sons of Kemet's Shabaka Hutchings, the group's sixth full-length effort, "Same as You," reached number five on the United Kingdom's official Jazz and Blues album chart a year later.
As you'd expect from such an esteemed and established outfit, Polar Bear delivers a master class in jazz musicianship whenever it takes the stage. From Rochford's hypnotic rhythms to Wareham and Lockheart's contrasting but complementing styles to the mighty rumbling of Herbert's bass, not to mention Leafcutter John's layered electronics, the group serves up a melting pot of cosmic sounds that shows why it remains one of the most vital contemporary jazz acts around. Fans with Polar Bear tickets should expect plenty of involuntary hip-swaying along with all the obligatory head-nodding.
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