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Monday 21st February 2022

Skylla + Stevie Toddler

— The Wardrobe Theatre
'SKYLLA' is the solo project of composer and bassist Ruth Goller - featuring herself on bass guitar and vocals, as well as outstanding UK vo
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“Ruth Goller’s an underground jazz legend. Now she turns her hand to bewitching ECM / Meredith Monk inspired ethereal vocal works with Skylla. For fans of everything from Cocteau Twins to Jan Garbarek to Stanlaey.”
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'SKYLLA' is the solo project of composer and bassist Ruth Goller - featuring herself on bass guitar and vocals, as well as outstanding UK vocalists Lauren Kinsella and Alice Grant. All three are based in London, with Ruth herself originating from the mountains of the Dolomites. Their music takes inspirations all the way from Eastern European folk song, to Free Jazz, to 'Joyce' - with bewitching compositions, featuring bass guitar harmonics sparkling underneath other-worldly three-part song. 'SKYLLA' takes after the mythical three-headed sea monster of the same name, in that their music is both mysterious and sometimes dangerous - in it's own intimate and unique way.

Ruth Goller’s ‘Skylla’ shines a long-awaited light on one of the most important musicians to have driven and revolutionised the UK jazz and improv scenes over the last 16 years. The bassist, vocalist, composer, environmentalist and now solo artist, draws inspiration from deep within to create a stunningly original and beautiful piece of work.
Hailed by the Guardian for her “thunderous bass-guitar hooks’, Goller helped lay the foundation for the UK’s jazz renaissance whilst playing in many of its most influential and popular bands, from her years on stage with Acoustic Ladyland and Melt Yourself Down, to more recently Let Spin and Vula Viel, whilst performing and recording with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Mercury-Award nominee Kit Downes, Sam Amidon, Bojan Z, Marc Ribot, Rokia Traoré, and Paul McCartney.

On ‘Skylla’, Goller in some ways returns to the pure untaught instincts that drove her as a teen punk musician. Working with different tunings for each song, Goller composes instinctively based on what she hears in every moment. As Goller puts it, “at that point muscle memory doesn’t work anymore so I have to trust my ear completely”.

"It's kinda like a cross between Derek Bailey and Arthur Russell, and it's just really really beautiful" Zakia Sewell, BBC 6 Music
"Your 'Hit Reset Record', we're gonna inhale, we're gonna exhale, and we're gonna step into the sunshine" Jamz Supernova, BBC 6 Music
'Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England'

Plus Support: Stevie Toddler - Bristol based double bass player/ bass guitarist/ singer/songwriter. Writing and performing her own music, she also plays for various other groups, including Soma Soma, Harriet Riley & Alex Garden, Molly Linen and Nuala Honan.


Artist Videos:

Ruth Goller - SKYLLA - Often they came to visit, even just to see how she was (M1)
SKYLLA Album Launch
Ruth Goller - SKYLLA - I is One (M10)
Ruth Goller SKYLLA - What’s really important she wanted to know part 2 (M7)
Skylla - Often They Came To Visit, Even Just To See How She Was (M1)
I'm a Spoonful - Stevie Toddler

Artist Audio:

Ruth Goller
Stevie Toddler

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