Gadjo Guitars: Chasin’ The Bird | Pigeon Lane@ONE88
‘Music in the Mountains’ & ‘Pigeon Lane @ Gallery ONE88’ have teamed up to bring you the Blue Mountain’s newest monthly jazz series – ‘Chasin’ the bird’. It’s home, Pigeon Lane, is one of Katoomba’s best-kept secrets – it’s not big, and you wouldn’t know where it was unless someone pointed it out to you, however, it’s got all the makings of a New York basement jazz club. The vibe is cool, it’s intimate (you won’t quite be knocking elbows . . . but it will be close) and you will be there to be absorbed by the music. Soak in the magic on the last Thursday of the month at Katoomba’s very own ‘Birdland’.
For this performance, we’ve invited Gadjo Guitars, one of Australia’s finest gypsy jazz outfits, for a night of Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz classics.
Date: Thursday, January 30th, 2020
Location: Pigeon Lane @ Gallery ONE88 (186-188 Katoomba St)
Doors Open: 6:00 pm
First Set: 6:30-7:15 pm
Intermission & Dinner Break: 7:15-8:00pm
Second Set: 8:00-8:45 pm
Book online or call Chris on 0411 954 826
Who is Gadjo Guitars?:
“Gadjo” is, in fact, a gypsy term for a non-gypsy. All three members of Gadjo Guitars are indeed non-gypsies but you couldn’t tell from their playing. Dedicated to the art of gypsy swing and the acoustic guitar in jazz.
Improvisation and interplay between the musicians is at the forefront of the ensemble’s mind and makes for a truly memorable show. With improvised introductions and spirited on-the-spot arrangements of the Django Reinhardt songbook and swing jazz in an effort to create something new from time-honoured musical frameworks.
When asked to describe the music, Nigel Date offered: “It’s acoustic music, it’s energetic, it’s largely improvised. The music is presented in its most organic form creating space between the musicians to exchange musical ideas.”
What else do I need to know . . .
How do I find Pigeon Lane?:
You don’t enter through Gallery ONE88 – every good journey starts with the unexpected. Take a stroll down Beverly Place in Katoomba, a.k.a. Art Street, and whilst you’re enjoying the everchanging street art, you will find the entrance behind Gallery ONE88.
Will there be food & drinks available?:
There is a full cafe just upstairs in Gallery ONE88, so dinner, coffee, cake & soft drinks will be available on the night. When you arrive, head upstairs to the cafe and put in an order for dinner, and your meal will be ready and waiting for you during the intermission. There will also be an opportunity for coffee and cake after the show.
What about a bar?:
Pigeon Lane does not yet have a liquor license, so alcohol is BYO. There is glassware however so no need to bring wine glasses with you.
Will there be seating?:
Everyone will be seated and there is no standing room. There is no reserved seating so seating is on a first-come, first-served basis – so get in early.
Is there parking nearby?:
You can park on Waratah & Lurline Streets and you’ll only be a few minutes walk away. If you would like to first drop off your family & friends at the door, you can drive down Beverly Place and drop all your guests at the door.
Accessibility @ Pigeon Lane?:
There is wheelchair access however call Chris on 0411 954 826 to make your booking as entrance and drop-off will be explained over the phone, and seating will need to be rearranged in Pigeon Lane to accommodate (which we are happy to do – we just need some advance notice).
186/188 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780