Thursday 24th August 2017
£25.00 - £45.00
Tord Gustavsen PIANO, ELECTRONICS
Sigurd Hole BASS
Jarle Vespestad DRUMS
This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Memorable melodies with open musical spaces and subtle grooves.
The 2014 release ‘Extended Circle’ by Norwegian pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen on ECM Records marked the completion of two trilogies – three albums in the classical piano, bass, drums trio format, followed by a second trilogy in extended ensemble and quartet formats. In 2016, Tord released the strikingly original alternative 'trio' album ‘What was said’ with the voice of Afghan-German singer Simin Tander, where they reinterpreted ancient Norwegian hymns and Suﬁ poems, in the hauntingly beautiful Pashto language.
Now, it is again time for the instrumental trio – and for a new take on the classic format that brought Tord’s music to a wide international audience in the ﬁrst place. The new material is pointing forwards in musical openness and inventiveness, while at the same time clearly connecting to the quietness and grounded sensuality of Tord’s remarkably successful earlier trio albums. The recent development embraces anew the paradoxically fullsounding simplicity of the ‘Nordic Blues’ that so many people came to love in Gustavsen’s debut album, along with traces of open, Impressionist harmonic landscapes, and a clear overall hymnal and meditative feel.
Tord Gustavsen has toured extensively with his trio, quartet and alternative line-ups in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany as well as his native Norway. He has also appeared at major festivals in various other countries including Australia, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria and Poland.
• “a trilogy [that] could be the most essential jazz document of the last ten year. Sublime.” (The Independent, UK) • "a stunningly beautiful recording. .. draws the listener in so completely – making us consider each note, each small gesture in its ethereal, shimmering whole .. nothing less than magical." (Downbeat, USA - 4 1/2 of 5 stars) • ".. a delicious collage of hypnotic grooving, softly stroked gospel themes." (The Guardian, UK) • "every note is perfectly placed" (The Times, UK) • "I dette musikalske rommet vil jeg være lenge – svært lenge." (Aftenposten, No.)
WATCH: Tord Gustavsen Trio video ‘At Home’
PETER BEETS TRIO: CHOPIN MEETS THE BLUES
PETER BEETS piano, MARIUS BEETS bass, GIJS DIJKHUIZEN drums
Dutch pianist Peter Beets began his jazz career as a young teenager performing in a jazz band with his brothers. He went on to win a string of awards before releasing his first trio album, the remarkable, ‘First Date’ that put him firmly on the international map and saw him share stages with the likes of Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgwater, Elvin Jones, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin and many more American heavyweights. A virtuoso pianist with a breezy, bluesy style,
Beets signed to the renowned Criss Cross label in 2001 and as testament to his talent and reputation recorded 5 albums as leader with American musicians including Rodney Whitaker,Willie Jones III, Larry Grenadier and Reginald Veal. For Beets' debut Piano Festival performance he returns to his 2010 recording, ‘Chopin Meets the Blues’ (released as a live version in 2015 receiving a Dutch Grammy nomination.) When speaking about his Chopin project, Beets avoids the word ‘jazz’ pointing out that the heavily chromatic nature of Chopin’s piano writing includes passages that suggest what came to be known as blue notes. With the music emphasizing Chopin’s fondness for repeating a melodic figure, Beets uses Chopin melodies as a basis for jazz improvisation. This is an utterly enjoyable set and a must for lovers of classical-jazz fusions.
WATCH: Trio Peter Beets - Chopin meets the Blues @ Goois Jazzfestival 2015 - Prelude in E minor
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Now in its fourth year, the Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival announces the line up for its week- long extravaganza devoted to the jazz piano trio. Now a much anticipated feature of the international jazz calendar, the festival celebrates the piano trio both as a driving force in jazz innovation and keeper of the jazz tradition. Featuring jazz heavyweights and rising stars from around the world, it aims to represent the depth and breadth of the piano scene. Modern mavericks, mainstream stars and freewheeling trailblazers sit side by side in a series of dynamic double-bill pairings and a special set of Late Late Shows that keep things smouldering to the wee hours with sessions from some of the UK’s best piano trios.
The breadth of this year’s festival is illustrated so well by trailblazers Tin Men and the Telephone who augment their jazz improv with live electronics and technology to create a unique multimedia experience, while American star Eric Lewis (ELEW) brings hearty swing from the jazz traditions laced with a contemporary rock ethos. Heavyweight Norwegian Tord Gustavsen slows down the pace with a reflective set of lyrical beauty, while virtuoso Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco blends lightning speed and thrilling cadenzas with hushed lullaby passages.