Every month at the charming vegan eatery that is the Gallery Cafe in London, people gather to watch live jazz and make art as it happens. It's called Blue in Green and this time it welcomes Topoľana, a jazz/folk fusion sextet led by flautist and singer Maria Rehakova. It brings together clarinettist Gustavo Clayton Marucci, saxophonist Sam Knight, pianist Charlie Bates, bassist Sam Ingvorsen and drummer Floyer Sydenham.
Topoľana plays compositions inspired by Slovak folk music. Maria writes all the music, taking inspiration from songs she grew up with dancing and singing in a Slovak folklore group. The band consists of top up-and-coming young jazz musicians on the London scene, all graduates from The Guildhall School of Music and Trinity Laban. They have performed in and around London and also toured Slovakia and Czech Republic.
A warm-up set will be provided by pianist Alex Chalstrey and friends, with the main set following from Topoľana. Some art paraphernalia is provided but attendees are welcome to bring their own sketchbooks and materials. £5 adv, £8 otd.