Thursday 28th March 2019
£10.00 - £10.00
Asaf Sirkis - drums / konnakol / compositions
Sylwia Bialas - vocals / waterphone / compositions
Frank Harrison - piano, keyboards
Kevin Glasgow - electric bass
The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a collaboration between Israeli-UK-resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with the Lighthouse trio (ACT), Nguyen Le, Jacob Collier, Gwilym Simcock, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas. The quartet features London based, Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, and Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).
With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between. Expect soulful melodies, atmospheric sounds with strong grooves, full-colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.
The bands' first album - COME TO ME - was launched at the London Jazz Festival in 2015 and got to be one of the best releases of that year at All About Jazz website as well as receiving other rave reviews.
"The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet demonstrates how well a vocalist can work as the featured soloist in a quartet. Even better, they make you forget the instrumentation in the beauty and joy of the music they make.“
Mark Sullivan, All about Jazz website (USA)****
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