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Experience the Colour of Jazz at Chats Palace

15 February 2019


On Saturday 23rd February, experience The Colour of Jazz at Chats Palace, Hackney, in a unique event bringing together a stellar line-up from jazz and world music alongside musicians and artists from Headway East London - a charity supporting people affected by brain injury.

Amongst the stellar cast are the world-class Grand Union Orchestra, saxophonist Camilla George - currently nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the Jazz FM Awards 2019 - and renowned local DJ Lex Blondin (Total Refreshment Centre, Church of Sound).

The original production, supported by community collaborators Hackney Roots and music connoisseurs Rhythm Passport, also features Senegalese food pop-up sensations Little Baobab, and jazz-inspired artwork from Submit to Love Studios - a collective of self-taught artists who have survived brain injuries, based at Headway East London.

‘There is a connection between music and unconscious parts of the brain, perhaps especially for some types of music, including jazz’, says Chris Miller - an artist from Submit to Love Studios. ‘This connection is especially important for people who have survived a brain injury - it is about being a human being. In a similar way, we have a connection to art and colour that does not depend on language, physical ability or thought.’

Chris is a retired teacher who sustained a brain injury after having a brain tumour removed in 2012, and one of the artists to take part in a jazz-inspired art workshop in collaboration with local visual artist Coline L’Achiver. Taking inspiration from jazz music with local connections, they created artwork that has been turned into The Colour of Jazz T-Shirt collection - a testament to what Chris describes as ‘the powerful connection between these things that bypass language and perhaps conscious thought: the connection between art and music, and colour and jazz’.

These connections will be brought to life at Chats Palace on Saturday 23rd February in what promises to be a special evening fuelled by music, artwork, food and drink made with love.