Award winning Tyneside jazz musician, Zoe Gilby, looks to add some continental inspiration


February 05, 2020 - 448 views
Hailing from Northern England, the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2019, Zoe Gilby, takes her stunning vocals and unique stage presence to Leuven, Belgium, in late March, for the city’s Jazz Festival.
Situated just twenty-five kilometres east of the Belgian capital of Brussels, Leuven is the eighth largest city in the country, and fourth on Flanders whilst also being able to boast a plethora of musical talent on Charles de Beriot. Arthur de Greef, Jonathan Vandenbreck, and Selah Sue, as well as the esteemed violinmaker, Thomas Meuwissen.
Zoe is most certainly placing herself amongst esteemed company and, somewhat understandably, she cannot wait for her and husband Andy Champion, to take on their cosmopolitan adventure.
“Andy and I have been to Belgium on holiday before, a few years ago, and it’s an amazing place”, began Zoe.
“In fact, Andy has performed in Gent, Brussels and Sint-Niklaas with other acts so we're no strangers to the country.”
A ten-day long jazz festival (running from the 19-29 March) of the highest order, Zoe will be performing on the Sunday afternoon, the timing affording the opportunity for the pair to take in some of the delights of both the festival, and of the city and its surrounding areas.
Bringing her duo performance alongside husband and bass player, Andy Champion, to the festivals’ ‘Female Focus,’ Zoe added: “I am so honoured to be included alongside other female singers, pianists, drummers and trumpeters.
“It really will be a meeting of the female powers of modern jazz, although it’s not just a focus on the women in jazz.
“I’m also delighted to be performing with my fantastic double bass playing husband, Andy Champion and it’ll be a pleasure to be able to share our duo project.
“It’s intense to perform as just voice and bass but the buzz we create from our duo is about embracing space, and exploring energies that just the two of us can create.
“It’s a soundscape with two instruments.”
With over sixty concerts performed on eighteen venues over the course of the festival, it’s a true, city event.
“You just need to wander the streets and you'll feel the jazz all over town,” continued Zoe.  
“The festival certainly reflects the spirit of Leuven as a music city and its programme looks immense.
“Both Andy and I, which I’m sure people will agree, will be fully enriched following the trip as well as it affording us further song-writing inspiration.”
Alongside headline acts which include Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn, Julian Lage Trio, Jakob Bro & Jesse van Ruller, Philip Catherine & Eric Legnini, LG Jazz Collective, The Breath, Incognito and LTJ Bukem, Zoe’s performance takes place on Sunday 29 March at 14:00 at the Huiskamer familie Hermans-Pini – places are at a premium so it’s urged to visit  https://www.leuvenjazz.be/en/programme/detail/zoe-gilby--andy-champion for further information.
Leuven Jazz Festival (English) https://www.leuvenjazz.be/en and (Dutch) https://www.leuvenjazz.be/

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