Michael Janisch Band

Michael Janisch Band
Date and time
14 Oct 2021 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Eastside Jazz Club, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


£15 (£12)
First ten students – Free (£5 thereafter)

Michael Janisch bass
Shaney Forbes drums
Rick Simpson piano
Nathaniel Facey sax
George Crowley sax

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Liam Brennan alto sax
Dan Lockheart tenor sax
James Owston bass
Andrew Duncan drums

6.30pm - Support
7.45pm - Main show

Michael Janisch has established himself as a tireless creative force across the developing international spheres of contemporary improvised and experimental music. Based in London (originally from the USA), he successfully traverses this creative topography as a first-call electric and double bassist, MOBO-Award nominated solo artist, composer, producer and owner of Whirlwind Recordings, one of the world’s premier indie labels of the last decade. Janisch’s previous solo albums have been nominated for multiple industry awards and have been played on Gilles Peterson, NPR, WDR, BBC, JazzFM, and covered in Jazzwise, Jazz Thing, Downbeat and Concerto Magazines, The NY Times and The Guardian.

Janisch's new album Worlds Collide is an electro-acoustic album of original material recorded at Abbey Road Studios, described as combining contemporary jazz heavily influenced by both the London/New York scenes alongside free improvisations and soaring melodies over multi-metered grooves, paying homage to artists such as Feli Kuti & Afro-Beat and the electronic music pioneer Aphex Twin. The album features some of the world’s most creative improvisers and has already seen Janisch featured as cover star of Jazzwise, Jazz in Europe and Concerto.

“Awesomely virtuosic double bass”
The Guardian

“Michael Janisch is a commanding bassist, who brings a sinewy thrust to the ensemble with masterful agility.”
Downbeat Magazine

“Janisch leads his quintet on a rip-roaring ride, doling out heavy grooves, tasty walking lines and melody by the bucketful. Like all good bassists, he knows when to sit back and let the lead instruments have their spot.”
Bass Guitar Magazine

“Michael Janisch is a virtuoso on the bass.”

“Janisch is one of the few bass players out there who plays both electric and upright with equal facility, passion and musicality.”
Bass Musician Magazine

“Michael Janisch is simply a monster player. His bass skills on both electric and acoustic seem monumental and at the same time, effortless. He obviously loves a groove, though his grooves are more complex than your average funk/R&B bassist. His soloing is thematic and takes in the entire range of the instrument, often contrasting high note melodic statement with low note grooves.”
What’s On

“Janisch seizes the instrument with a blend of speed and energy as if he wants to be melody, harmony and rhythm all at once.”
The Telegraph

“A bassist everyone with ears seems to want.”
The Buffalo News