Thursday 7th August
£20.00 - £40.00
Ronnie Scott’s are very proud to launch the International Piano Trio Festival. Set to be a brand new edition to the UK’s thriving jazz festival scene it shines a light on one of the most vibrant aspects of the international jazz scene– the piano trio. From the days of Art Tatum through to Bill Evans, EST and the Bad Plus, the piano trio has always been at the forefront of new developments in jazz. The Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival celebrates the piano trio in all its many forms, presenting many of the finest piano trios from around the world, from jazz legends to rising stars.
Tonight playing host to perhaps the UK's best known and loved pianist Julian Joseph. World-class pianist/composer/band leader and BBC Radio 3 jazz Line-up presenter Joseph is one of the treasures of the scene. Never failing to inspire with his mastery of the keyboard, the versatility of his musicianship and limitless creative imagination, Joseph presents an evening of unforgettable originals, and timeless classics delivered with breath-taking passion and hard-swinging drive by his ace trio featuring bassist Mark Hodgson and drummer Mark Mondesir. Also performing is this intriguing double bill is young Cuban rising star Lopez-Nussa.
(photo: Harold Lopez Nussa)
Virtuoso pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger and broadcaster, Julian Joseph is the undisputed heir to the global house of jazz. Acclaimed by critics and audiences the world over, Julian never fails to inspire with his mastery of the keyboard, the versatility of his musicianship, and the seemingly limitless scope of his creative imagination. Always relaxed and self-assured, Julian is completely at home on any stage and in front of any band. His passion for the music is palpable, and his desire to communicate that passion compelling.
Over the past two decades Julian has developed and expanded his musical capabilities in a staggering array of formats. As a solo performer he holds audiences rapt from the minute he sits down at the piano, undaunted by either the vastness or intimacy of the platform. He is to be seen at all the major international festivals, has toured the globe with his Trio and Quartet, Electric Band and Forum Project band, directed and performed with his All-Star Big Band at some of the grandest venues in the UK to audiences of thousands and premiered two operas ~ Bridgetower (2007) and Shadowball (2010).
A feature of a Julian Joseph concert is the wide-ranging repertoire of original compositions and arrangements upon which he draws. Challenging and innovative, they are deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and, as with all great jazz music, combine his own unique voice with those of his predecessors.
Julian's musical ideas reflect the eclectic influence of all forms of music in the history of jazz: from classical to rock and pop, everything is relevant. Jazz has always been an inclusive art form, and Julian is particularly concerned that it never become exclusive, either in its construction or its execution.
Julian has also established himself as a jazz pioneer in the classical world. He was the first jazz musician to be invited to give a series of all-acoustic concerts at London's most prestigious classical venue, the Wigmore Hall. He has recorded duets by Milhaud, Stravinsky and Poulenc with Brazilian pianist Marcelo Bratke, combining them with his own arrangements of music by Duke Ellington, Chick Corea and Bill Evans, and collaborated with concert violinist Viktoria Mullova on her fusion project, 'Through the Looking Glass'. As a soloist, he has given recitals of Bartók and Prokofiev sonatas and performed Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F and the Rhapsody in Blue with some of the most renowned symphony orchestras in Europe. At the same time, Julian's own classically-oriented work never ventures too far away from his jazz focus. This is particularly evident in his writing for big band and strings, full symphony orchestra and opera, in which he demonstrates an exceptional ability to orchestrate complex textures of rhythm and sound without losing the essential groove that is at the heart of jazz. In this way he is ever pushing the boundaries, whilst building on the legacy of the great jazz composers ~ Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock and Jaco Pastorius.
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