Jake Mehew is a producer, improviser and educator based in Leeds. For the past four years, Jake has been exploring the relationship between jazz philosophy and beat musics, searching for ways to liberate performance from its often linear and sequenced direction. His music is concerned with self-expression, radical invention and developing open-ended works as a springboard for departure.
Jake’s music has taken him to play festivals including Giles Peterson’s inaugural We Out Here festival, Dot to Dot Festival and play the headline stage at Eden Festival. In the past Jake has also organised a grassroots event ‘More Than Soul’, with aims of empowering Leeds’ hip hop audiences and facilitating participatory agency within the paradigm of performance.
Jake’s participation in the Sage Gateshead residency will be spent documenting his practise of freedom within beat-orientated music. The residency will bring together other Leeds based improvisers to create a bespoke recording which reflects the inter-personal relationships developed in the six days of writing and recording. The record will be an opportunity to capture the transient moments in improvisation that are usually lost to time, and serve as an opportunity to develop new methodologies of work.