Mark GreliakPosted At 23rd September 2015
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Loz Speyer’s Inner Space plays jazz of a rare warmth and immediacy. Combining rhythmic changes with references that synthesize New Orleans, Bebop and Free Jazz, each piece of music evolves its own form, its own balance of structure and freedom, its own atmosphere. There are audible echoes of Mingus, Monk, Ornette and beyond – but as is always vital in jazz, the key is live, in the immediacy of these five highly distinctive musicians, working it all out in the here and now.
**** “The integrity they bring to the emerging free jazz push-pull structure of ’Space Music’ pilots the musicians further towards destinations unknown.” Philip Clark, Jazzwise
This summer, Inner Space take their 2017 album “Life on the Edge” on the road, along with new compositions and collectively composed music, for an 11 date tour of the UK – starting at the Verdict, Brighton on 12 April and finishing at the Vortex London on 26 June 2018 – with Arts Council support.
For the new music commissioned for the tour, Loz Speyer is writing a series of “portraits” dedicated to particular Jazz innovators – John Stevens, Steve Lacy, Sun Ra; and, in a new direction for Inner Space, there will be music collectively composed by the whole band, with fragments by different band members assembled and developed in rehearsal and evolving during the tour.