The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118 +1 206-906-9920
Set Time(s): 5 PM
Details: To guarantee a good seat, please make your dinner reservation by emailing [email protected]
Advance tickets can only be purchased online. We do not sell advance tickets at the venue.
Brittany Anjou has explored Ahmad Jamal to Bikini Kill at the piano on three continents, between roiling original compositions inspired by Bartok, Stravinsky, Red Garland and McCoy Tyner. She returns to her hometown from Kuwait via NYC to debut and release her original compositions for jazz trio. It makes great artistic sense that the title of her first major album and the five-part suite contained within is in Esperanto, the “constructed” international language. Just as Anjou’s English-language title Reciprocal Love becomes Enamiĝo Reciprokataj, so too does the mainstream language of the piano jazz she loves get translated into something strikingly different and psychically original. Serious jazz fans will detect familiar influences in what Anjou calls her “inner trio dialogs.” Anjou’s songs, all originals, comment on the art of the trio even as they bask in its glories. With its minimalist repetitions, free-jazz-meets-Rachmaninoff flourishes and electronic framing, there’s a trippy sense of expansiveness in the music. Somehow, her songs are both dreamlike and bracingly wide-awake. Enamiĝo Reciprokataj (Reciprocal Love) is the first of a trio of albums Anjou plans on releasing.
This evening will be a specially curated premiere and CD pre-release party, before the official street date in February on the Seattle-based label, Origin Records. The night features Seattle bassist Evan Flory-Barnes and drummer Matt Jorgensen, with whom Anjou has been playing with on visits home in recent years, as well as special guests.
“Hers is a music about music, a jazz about jazz.” – Charles Mudede, The Stranger, Seattle
“For someone whose potential is exceedingly hard to keep up with, considering the number of musical forms with which Anjou has experimented, judging her on those terms couldn’t be more rewarding. ” — Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Tribune
Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.
featuring: Brittany Anjou - piano/compositions, Evan Flory-Barnes - bass, Matt Jorgensen - drums