THE Irene Serra Quartet (ISQ) is a critically acclaimed jazz outfit from London. The UK wide tour showcasing their highly anticipated third album, ‘Requiem for the Faithful’ comes to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Sunday, November 24, and they will also be leading a jazz workshop that afternoon.
The practical workshop is open to anyone with an interest in jazz and improvisation, and is presented in association with local music charity B Sharp, open to young people and adults.
From learning how to interpret a melody, to experimenting with improvisation and understanding lead sheets, this workshop will give people the basic tools to improve their playing and help develop jazz vocabulary.
Italian singer Irene Serra has worked extensively as a session singer including appearances with American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and jazz/rap group Us 3. In her quartet she writes songs with evocative lyrics that creates a visual storyline, like a movie in the listener’s head, that connects strongly with the audience.
Her band members are much in demand on the music scene. Richard Sadler on double bass has worked with Ray Davies of the Kinks, Paul Weller and Tom Jones, pianist Naadia Sheriff works regularly with trumpeter Yazz Ahmed, and drummer Chris Nickolls has performed with saxophonists Andy Sheppard and Gilad Atzmon.
The press has been very positive about ISQ, with Jazzwise magazine saying: “Singer Irene Serra has a strong stage presence and a compelling vocal tone, which she uses to great effect on original songs… you can sense a good few awards and an international tour in the offing.”
The workshop will be held from 5pm to 6.30pm on Sunday, November 24, followed by their live performance with doors opening at 7pm for an 8pm start.
Tickets for the workshop only cost £5 in advance or £7 on the door. For the show, it’s £8 in advance and £12 on the door, or if you’d like to attending both, combined tickets cost £12. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com