Maria Chiara Argiro


"The Fall Dance has real crossover appeal; don’t think of it as a just a jazz record, but think of it as a great record. The playing is just superb . . . the lyrical flow of the music carries you effortlessly down a winding river of sound and exploration . . . A totally sublime experience,” wrote Echoes and Dust about Maria Chiara Argirò’s 2017 debut album.  

Her second album, Hidden Seas, is a dreamy jazz, electronic and folk concoction featuring a stellar line-up of  fresh young talent from the international music scene in Leila Martial, Sam Rapley, Tal Janes, Andrea Di Biase and Gaspar Sena.

Blending classical music and folk traditions with her own approach to harmony and melody, the compositions – written between Maria’s musical travels around Europe, Asia and America – call upon the sounds and aesthetics of contemporary jazz and the influence of figures such as John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Brad Melhdau.

An experienced band leader, composer, arranger, session musician and teacher, Italian-born, London-based Maria is an extremely talented pianist and composer with a real vision, performing music that transcends musical boundaries. 

Maria’s material frequently evokes cinematic images with an unforced, emotional energy, taking the listener with her on her musical journey, with every piece feeling like a mini musical tome. With her subtly percussive, cinematically evocative ensemble - blending electronics, guitar, bass, sax, drums and vocals - she’s a quietly compelling presence in new European jazz.

The multi-faceted music has real depth and a broad emotional range, while Maria understands how to provide both direction and freedom to bring out the best in her musicians, who take her music to a rich and rewarding place. 

Maria Chiara Argirò (Piano/Electric Piano/Synths), Leila Martial (Vocals), Sam Rapley (Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet), Tal Janes (Acoustic/Electric Guitar/Effects), Andrea Di Biase (Double Bass), Gaspar Sena (Drums).

Tickets £15 / £13 Concessions. Students £6
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Doors open 7.00pm, starts 7.30pm

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired

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  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for groups

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  • Venue approved for civil marriage
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  • Parking with charge

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  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Maria Chiara Argiro Group

Type:Music - Jazz

Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF

Tel: 01206 500900

Fax: 01206 500187

Opening Times

Season (14 Nov 2021)