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

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Opera Bohemia returns to Lanark Memorial Hall on 

Saturday 19th August at 7.30

with Bizet's Pearl Fishers

Monica McGhee, Leila

Thomas Kinch, Nadir and

Douglas Nairne, Zurga.

The Opera Bohemia Ensemble and a Chamber Chorus will be conducted by Alistair Digges.

Tickets from Lanark Memorial Hall or 01555 667999

 

The Doric String Quartet will present the Opening Concert in Biggar Music’s new winter season 2017 - 2018. It will follow the Welcome Supper in the Municipal Hall for members and their guests, at 6.45 for 7.00 p.m. 

Tickets for the Buffet, including wine, are £12, and must be booked by 2nd October

Doric String Quartet - Friday 6th October 2017

New Focus Octet - Monday 23rd October 2017

Anna Fedorova, piano - Friday 17th November 2017 - please note change of date

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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