Prepare for night of ‘shock and awe’

trioVD, who appear at Hebden Bridge's HX7 Jazz Club, May 2012
trioVD, who appear at Hebden Bridge's HX7 Jazz Club, May 2012

Hebden Bridge’s HX7 Jazz Club continues to build on a reputation for programming contemporary and cutting-edge jazz and jazz-fusion.

It’s a reputation which is likely to increase yet more after this month’s concert on Thursday, May 24, when the multi award-winning trioVD will be busy lifting the roof off the Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Holme Street, venue.

Inspired by the DIY music scene, trioVD have toured the UK extensively with their heavy mix of improv, rock, electronica and jazz.

Normally consisting of one set, trioVD performances blend written and improvised material in a startling, fresh manner.

They specialise in a fast, tight and awesomely expert conjunction of staccato and spiky high-energy compositions, uninhibited sax and guitar improvisation and machine-gun drumming.

This is the cutting-edge of contemporary improv-fusion guitar technique, colliding headlong free-jazz phrasing with roaring thrash metal riffs and ghostly electronics.

Chris Bussey’s drumming sends frenetic waves of rhythmic energy furiously pulsating through the sonic landscape. Protruding through this musical fabric, guitarist Chris Sharkey’s angular chordal shards of sound imbue the muscular melodic expansions of Christophe de Bezenac’s alto saxophone with a stinging harmonic intensity, says HX7 Jazz organiser Dave Nelson.   “It’s not going to be pretty, but it will be pretty special and extremely exciting,” he said. “I think trioVD are spearheading a new kind of live jazz that is breathtaking in its unpredictability and lack of compromise – yet which remains utterly compelling. A night of shock and awe awaits!”

The doors open at 7.30pm with live music starting at 8pm, and the headline band on stage soon after 8.30pm. Phone the Trades Club on 01422 845265 to book advance tickets which are £12 and £9 for concessions and members. For information about future HX7 Jazz events visit