The Noveltones

The Noveltones are an improvising chamber quartet based in Wellington, featuring the unusual instrumentation of violin, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and double bass. Formed by saxophonist and composer Jasmine Lovell-Smith in early 2018, the ensemble fuses the spontaneity of jazz and improvisation with the subtlety and expressivity of chamber music. The members of the Noveltones combine their strengths as active participants in Wellington’s jazz, composition, experimental and world music scenes, creating a musical experience entirely their own. The members of the group are Tristan Carter on violin (The Troubles); Blair Latham on bass clarinet (Little Blast Orchestra); Nick Tipping on double bass (the JAC) and Jasmine Lovell-Smith on soprano saxophone (Arthur Street Loft Orchestra). Their repertoire features a number of original compositions by Lovell-Smith, whose music has been described as an “intriguing intersection of avant-garde art music and chamber jazz” (New Zealand Musician), as well as original contributions from Blair Latham and Tristan Carter, and some reimagined favorites from the jazz and classical canons. Sure to be a varied performance, come along and enjoy as the Noveltones weave their way through a scintillating set of comprovisations.