Join us for a lazy Sunday evening of jazz with Marek Dorcik Špercasa. Featuring Marek Dorcik on drums, George Crowley on tenor sax, Miguel Gorodi on trumpet & flugelhorn, Tom Hewson on piano and Mick Coady on bass.
Roast dinners are served in our canal-side bar until 5.30pm (booking advised) and the performance starts at 7.00pm in the venue.
Slovakian born drummer Marek Dorcik is swiftly gaining a reputation as a sought after professional drummer on the international jazz scene, working with some of the UK’s leading jazz artists including Mike Walker, Alan Barnes, Stuart McCallum, Alice Zawadzki (as part of the Moss Project) and Matthew Halsall of Gondwana Records. His tenure in bands such as the European Union Quartet and the Lukas Oravec Quartet, and performances at leading jazz festivals including Manchester, London and Cheltenham, as well as renowned venues such as The Vortex and Ronnie Scott’s jazz clubs, have helped to fuel a growing rise to prominence, culminating in the release of his debut album About Time.
Marek Dorcik Špercasa- a Slovakian play on words with ‘Šperk’ meaning ‘jewel’ and ‘Percasa’ resembling the word ‘percussion’- was formed in 2019 as a new exciting chapter in Marek’s journey of further discovering improvised music. Carefully selected musicians were chosen that resonated with the music to enrich the sound he already had in his mind. The project and the compositions express a concern for our planet and the changing climate, and are composed to evoke a thought aimed at this global issue. Compositions such as the album title track About Time have an urgent feel and sound, others such as the ballad Golden Hour are warm and beautiful. The musical excellence of the immensely talented line up of well-known musicians from London’s jazz music scene is a guarantee for a night filled with musical exploration.
“Marek is a great listener…he plays the drums but more than that he plays music, with a warm heart too. I never had to think about what he was doing… it just felt right.”
– Mike Walker, Jazz Guitarist
“I recorded tracks with Marek for my second album ‘Colour, Yes’ and have to say it was an absolute pleasure, I really respected his mellow, egoless approach to drumming”
– Matthew Halsall, Gondwana Records
“The sinuous unison passages from tenorist George Crowley and trumpeter Miguel Gorodi on the tittle track and ‘Initial Suspension’ are glorious” – BBC Music Magazine, 4 stars
Album review ratings:
**** – BBC Music Magazine
**** – Jazzwize