Woven Entity & Julie Kjaer

Woven Entity are a percussion and bass-led quartet from London specialising in propulsive grooves. For their performance at Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival, they will be joined by Danish saxophonist and flautist Julie Kjaer.

The group began life in 2010 after percussionist, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Lascelle Gordon crossed paths with percussionist Patrick Dawes and drummer Paul May and suggested the three try playing together. Soon the trio were organically evolving a freewheeling improvised music that wasn’t afraid to groove a bit.

With assistance from a regular pool of guests such as Led Bib’s Chris Williams, Snorkel keyboardist Ben Cowen, bassist Peter Marsh, trumpeter Andy Knight and saxophonist Alan Wilkinson, they began playing the usual leftfield London hotspots on a semi-regular basis.

Audiences were enthusiastic, warming to the band’s unpredictable and unforced stew of spiritual afro jazz, dubby post punk, lo-fi electronics, improv clatter and eccentric ethnological forgeries. Marsh joined the core unit in 2012, and the band’s self titled debut album (featuring contributions from Alan Wilkinson, Ben Cowen and alto saxophonist/flautist Julie Kjær) was released on the Babel Label in December 2014. It came in at no 2 in ukvibe’s Best Jazz Albums of 2014.

A second album (also featuring Julie Kjaer) is on the way.