New Focus Octet

Category
Municipal Hall
Date
23 Oct 2017 08:00 PM

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

 

PROGRAMME

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 ****

 

 
 

All Dates

  • 23 Oct 2017 08:00 PM

Latest Updates

Our next concert is part of the Biggar LIttle Festival.  Please join us for

New Focus Octet - Monday 23rd October 2017

Anna Fedorova, piano - Friday 17th November 2017

Arctic Winds - Friday 8th December 2017

Emily Norris and Friends - Sunday 4th February 2018 at 2.30pm

Meadows Orchestra - Sunday 25th February 2018

Schubert Ensemble - Thursday 8th March 2018.

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