+ SUPPORT FROM JULIET TEMKO
6 OCTOBER | SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS
Holysseus Fly, vocalist and pianist from award-winning Ishmael Ensemble, steps out as a solo artist for the first time with her debut single Marigold. Detailing the struggle to find her creative identity after surviving cancer, Holysseus Fly’s raw vocal boldly tells a story of hope against a backdrop of dark minimal textures.
In 2019 Ishmael Ensemble released their debut album “A State of Flow” to critical
acclaim, bagging The Guardian’s Contemporary Album of The Month, and cementing the band as firm favourites of BBC 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson & Tom Ravenscroft. Stand-out track Full Circle, co-written by Holysseus Fly, was featured on BBC Radio 1.
The international acclaim led to Holysseus Fly co-arranging McCoy Tyner’s “Search
for Peace” for the band to perform as part of Blue Note Records’ Re:Imagined
compilation, with Holysseus providing vocals and piano alongside some of the UK’s most
prestigious jazz talent. Visions of Light, the follow-up 2021 album continued to build on
the growing success, was named as one of 6Music’s Albums of the Year.
Already known for her evocative performances, Holysseus Fly’s debut single Marigold
holds the listener in a way few vocalists can. The first single from a whole EP, set for
release in 2023, produced with Rob Pemberton (The Staves) and mixed by Iain Berryman (Wolf Alice, Florence & The Machine, Beabadoobe). The signature vocal creates a unique blend with her love of sultry, romantic piano and dark minimal textures. A true statement of intent from an artist with a big future.
At Servant Jazz Quarters, Holysseus will debut Marigold to an intimate audience. Joining her for the evening is singer and songwriter Juliet Temko, who credits her sound that blends neo soul, jazz, and folk, to old-school romantics like Ella Fitzgerald and modern-day storytellers like Lianne La Havas.
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Earth Cruises donates 10% of profit from all shows to carefully selected causes. A portion of the profit from this show will go towards Hackney Migrant Centre, an organsisation that provides support for refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants in need through the provision of free advice on immigration, welfare, and health.