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Seonaid Aitken Ensemble - Chasing Sakura

2nd June 2024, 6.30pm

The Seonaid Aitken Ensemble is led by multi award-winning Scottish jazz violinist, vocalist, composer/arranger and BBC broadcaster Seonaid Aitken.  As one of the rare few female improvising violinists in the UK, Seonaid has brought her love of jazz, classical and folk music together in her original compositions to elevate the violin in the world of contemporary jazz. Her music is inspired by the multi-disciplinary talents of her all-female/non-binary ensemble of hand-picked musicians, including award-winning jazz saxophonist Helena Kay and Scottish folk musicians violist Patsy Reid and cellist Alice Allen.

Ticket prices

£30 – £45

Line-up

SEONAID AITKEN – violin, compositions
KATRINA LEE – violin
PATSY REID – viola
ALICE ALLEN – cello
EMMA SMITH – bass
HELENA KAY – tenor sax

Seonaid’s blurring of genres means that a wide audience can engage with her music. Her suite - ‘Chasing Sakura’ - was commissioned by and premiered at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in 2021.

In Japan, the cherry blossom (sakura) is widely celebrated. It is symbolic of rebirth - springtime, hope, optimism - but is also a reminder of the impermanence of life. It's beauty is wonderful yet fleeting.  Featuring cross-genre and improvising musicians, it follows the lifespan of the cherry blossom and explores the themes of a fleeting but beautiful life, lived to the fullest.

“This is healing music, life affirming, positive, engaging, melodic - a real thrill!”
ABERDEEN JAZZ FESTIVAL

Uplifting, optimistic…evocative and emotional…enchanting and ethereal

— LONDON JAZZ NEWS