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 Oct 2017 08:00 PM
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.
Details of repertoire to follow.