"The real and the virtual interact as digital artwork on a monumental scale provides a stunning virtual landscape while real-world jazz gigs, broadcast live from a small London club, are injected into the cyberspace."
Beginning on Friday 6th of November 2009, Partisans open the season live from The Crypt. From 8 pm (GMT) in London and 12 noon in Second Life. Partisans are Phil Robson - guitar (jazz musician of the year 09 Parliamentary Jazz Awards), Julian Siegel - reeds (best instrumentalist 07 BBC Jazz Awards), Thaddeus Kelly - bass and Gene Calderazzo – drums. Since 1996 Partisans has been thrilling audiences with its energetic performances of tightly knit themes and groove-based sound, bridging the gap between New York swing, European improv and UK jam band. The combination of each musician's influences feeds a genuine creative spark generating huge excitement and energy. The concerts will be broadcast live from the Crypt in London into Second Life.
Those attending the concerts in the Second Life venue will also be exposed to great artwork commissioned especially for the events by some of the virtual world's most respected artists; DanCoyote Antonelli, Oberon Onmura and Juria Yoshikawa. Those attending The Crypt will also experience the art show, as it will be viewable on big screens in the venue. This two-way interaction is an essential element in the project.
Also to be screened are excerpts from a forthcoming film about JAZZLIVE by multimedia artist Steve Millar (aka Arahan Claveau).
JAZZLIVE at the Crypt was established in 1995 and quickly gained a deserved reputation as one of the UK's premier jazz venues. Its weekly Friday night concerts have featured the top musicians from London, the UK and Europe, and beyond. JAZZLIVE at the Crypt (situated in the basement of St. Giles Church, Camberwell) continues to break new ground with the JAZZLIVE in Second Life project.
Jazz fans in the UK can of course attend the gigs in person at The Crypt, St Giles Church, Camberwell Church Street, London SE5.
The JAZZLIVE in Second Life Web Site can be accessed from the beginning of November.
For further information contact Asher Hebert in-world.