New Focus Octet
Konrad Wiszniewski saxophones
Euan Stevenson piano
Andrew Robb bass
Alyn Cosker drums
The Glasgow String Quartet
Nicola Wiszniewska flute
Alina Bzhezhinska harp
This concert is presented as part of the BIGGAR LITTLE FESTIVAL of THE FIVE ARTS
A lyrical collaboration of Jazz Quartet and String Quartet with Harp, in a programme of rich arrangements, memorable themes, and a unique mix of classical and folk.
The second New Focus album released in August 2016 has been quietly picking up some very favourable reviews for its unusual blend of classical, jazz, and Scottish Folk. This original music was written by Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszniewski for jazz quartet, string quartet, woodwind and harp.
The Guardian said: "the mix of the strings' elegance, flickers of tango, blues and Celtic folk-music, the fluency of the soloists, and the controlled power of Janisch and Cosker in the rhythm section mostly make this a very musical set in its sometimes swoonily, low-lit way”.
"The inspiration is sax legend Stan Getz's famous 1961 album Focus, and the comparably tender-toned Wiszniewski and gracefully grooving Stevenson have written a set of appropriately lyrical originals, with the band likewise augmented by strings ensemble and harp." The Guardian
"Luscious moments as jazz quartet and string quartet entwine...a highly organic and lyrical collaboration"
The Scotsman ****
- 23 October 2017 08:00 PM
The opening concert was a joy for members and visitors alike, so now's the time to plan ahead for the next one in the midst of the Festival. Tickets can be booked through the Festival Box Office.
Your season ticket also gives you access to concerts in Lanark and Peebles for half price - well worth the money. If you have not yet renewed membership, there is still good value in joining for seven concerts at the price of five and comes with a complimentary ticket so you can bring a friend. A particular welcome to those who have joined for the first time.
Next concert is Moishe's Bagel on 24th October, in the Biggar Little Festival, with a mix of Klezmer, jazz and Latin music, then the Pomegranate Piano Trio on 14th November and Maxwell String Quartet with Anna Hashimoto making up the clarinet quintet on 7th December.
After Christmas, 17th January sees the Navarra String Quartet, Sunday afternoon, 10th February, is the BBC Young Musician winner, saxophonist Jess Gillam, with pianist Zeynep Ozsuca. Sarah Beth Briggs returns on 8th March with her wonderful piano mastery and we end the season on 25th March with the A4 Brass Quartet, winners of the Tunnell prize.