Wednesday 7th August 2019
£25.00 - £40.00
Since her emergence on the British jazz scene in the mid-90s, pianist Nikki Yeoh has proved to be an improviser, composer and all-round adventurer, continually broadening her musical horizons. As part of the International Piano Trio Festival 2019, Nikki will premier her brand-new trio Café Oran, who will pay tribute to the music of French-Algerian composer and pianist Maurice El Medioni, interpreter of Andalusian, Rai, Sephardic and Arabic music.
Nikki Yeoh - Piano
Shirley Smart - Cello
Demi Garcia Sabat - Drums & Percussion
The concert will be focused on the music of Maurice El Medioni especially arranged for this concert at Ronnie Scotts Club with additional compositions by Nikki Yeoh as contrasting works.
Médioni was born in 1928, taught himself the piano at an early age and frequented Oran‘s American bars in the 1940s. His big loves were boogie-woogie and Cuban music, and his style is born of the fusing of these distinct influences with Arabic music. The piano is, of course, a European instrument, but in Médioni‘s the melodies take on a middle eastern character, subtly decorated and turning round on themselves in modal arabesques.”
Simon Broughton. The Rough Guide
This year's International Piano Trio Festival is supported by Yamaha UK.
+ support: Bokani Dyer Trio
BOKANI DYER piano
ROMY BRAUTESETH bass
SPHELELO MAZIBUKO drums
Botswana-born pianist Bokani Dyer has recorded two albums under his own name. Debut album ‘Mirrors’ was released in 2010 and provides a strong indication of the style and artistic trajectory Dyer continues to pursue. ‘Emancipate The Story’ (2011), is a recording made possible by the Standard Bank as part of the jazz Young Artist award. He took first prize in SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition in August 2013.
His trio will play selections from his most recent album 'Neo Native'.
“..a wonderfully enriching album” Jazz Breakfast
”Dyer’s music has an emotional depth and lyricism that one imagines any newcomer wanting to embrace.” Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise
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