Oxley-Meier guitar project

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Two master-guitarists -fiery interplay- jazzesque

 
Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Time: 20:00

“Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or even jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll probably fall for this”. ~ The Observer ★★★★ March 2015

The above review was one of many 4-star reviews for their 2015 release, ‘Chasing Tales’. (MGPCD016).

Following the album’s February release, the duo toured the UK extensively in 2015 (60+ dates),  plus a further 25-date tour in the spring of 2016 - consistently garnering more-than-generous reviews from the national and specialist press!

Oxley & Meier
were invited by Jazzwise to be the first ever featured artists to have a covermount CD attached to the magazine (December/January edition)!

The duo will be releasing their new album ‘The Colours of Time’ in February 2017, to coincide with another major UK spring tour (35 dates). This is their most ambitious album to date, in that it is a ‘double: one disc in duo format, the second in quartet with bass and drums.

Expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of latin America to English pastoralism. Hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more!

For their live gigs, the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project aim to entertain by playing with a spontaneity and an intuitive interplay between them that keeps them fresh and fired up from gig to gig. The duo therefore comes to the performance with what they hope are the audiences anticipations: to expect the unexpected!

‘A fascinating fusion opulent with evocative splendour’:  MOJO  ★★★★
(Listed as No. 3 in the top 10 jazz albums of 2015)

‘CD of the week’: The London Evening Standard ★★★★

‘Top ten CDs of the year’: The Telegraph ★★★★   

‘’This album captures the lightning in a bottle effect created by the union of two perfectly matched artists and is already the front runner for my album of the year.’:  Jazz Views ★★★★

Pete Oxley  ~ Guitar 
Pete began his musical career in Paris before relocating to the UK in 1997. Shortly afterwards he opened The Spin jazz club in Oxford which has now been shortlisted 4 times by a Parliamentary group as ‘The Best Jazz Venue In The UK’. Pete regularly performs with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Chris Garrick, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’Higgins, Bobby Wellins, John Etheridge and his own band Curious Paradise. He has now released 10 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his original compositions.  www.peteoxley.com

Nicolas Meier
  ~ Guitar
With his unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nic has toured extensively around the world with his band the Meier Group, sharing the bill with some of the biggest names in jazz including Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau. This wonderful band (featuring sax maestro Gilad Atzmon) won the overall prize for ‘best band’ at the Juan-les-Pins jazz festival! He also tours with Jeff Beck.

Pete Oxley   website             Nicholas Meier    website  

Please note that this event is being held in 'Heligan Kitchen' at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

 

Dave Maningtons's Riff Raff

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Heligan Kitchen, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, PL26 6EN

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Time: 20:00

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  • Brigitte Bereha - vocals 
  • Ivo Neame - piano, accordion
  • Tomas Challenger - tenor saxophone
  • Rob Updegraff - guitar
  • Dave Manington - double bass
  • Tim Giles - drums

Riff Raff is an innovative group featuring some of the UK’s finest artists working in contemporary jazz - Brigitte Beraha (Kenny Wheeler, London Jazz Orch.), Ivo Neame (Phronesis, Marius Neset), Tomas Challenger (Foufolah/Red Snapper), Rob Updegraff (Alani, Beth Rowley/Zigaboo Modeliste) and Tim Giles (Iain Ballamy/Art Farmer).

The music is sophisticated and full of virtuoso playing, sometimes freely improvised with an exciting element of risk, but the song forms, melodic nature and the empathy and great ensemble playing of the group make it highly accessible.

The starting point for the music is collective improvisation but compositionally it draws on as wide a range of styles as possible. Folk, electronic music and contemporary classical influences are added to the mix with complex jazz harmonies and rhythms.

“It also grooves like hell, with some thick mercurial riffs – full of stops, starts, and turns yet rocking in the grip of a savage momentum.”  Jazzwise

"Inventive, forward looking jazz that subtly pushes the envelope whilst remaining thoroughly accessible to the listener." jazzmann.com


Dave Manington    website

Simon Latarche Quartet

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Heligan Kitchen, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, PL26 6EN

Date: Thursday 19th January 2017
Time: 20:00

  • Sarah McDonagh - Saxophone and Flute
  • Simon Latarche – Piano
  • James Rintoul – Bass
  • Keith Marshall - Drums

An associate of the Royal College of Music, Simon has been involved in promoting music throughout Devon and Cornwall as both an educator and performer for the past twenty years.

Equally at home in all music genres, Simon’s first love is Jazz.

As a soloist or leader of various ensembles, he has performed at a number of Jazz festivals and venues across the South West.   Tonight, the Quartet will be playing a selection of well-known standards and some originals too.

“Over the past twenty five years I have developed a great love of the county of Cornwall and Jazz music in many forms, either as a soloist or part of an ensemble. Hopefully this recording will provide you with new memories of both these things.”

"Cornish Preludes is a terrific collection from the Simon Latarche Jazz Ensemble. Latarche's compositions are a near perfect combination of lyricism and improvisation and the ensemble provides finely knit support to Latarche's considerable talents as a pianist."
Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

Simon Latarche    website 

Please note that this event is being held in 'Heligan Kitchen' at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

 

Andy Sheppard's Hotel Bristol

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The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 7th December 2016
Time: 20:00

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  • Andy Sheppard (sax)
  • Denny Ilett (guitar)
  • Percy Pursglove (bass and trumpet)
  • Mark Whitlam (drums)

An ECM recording artist, bandleader and composer, Andy Sheppard is one of Europe’s leading saxophonists and one of a very few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene, playing and writing for settings from solo to big band and chamber orchestra. Sheppard has composed over 350 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from Asia, Africa and South America.

Sheppard formed this band with Denny Ilett in Bristol so as to have a Bristol based band to take to the Tbilisi International Jazz Festival in Georgia as part of an exchange programme with Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. This concert was a resounding success and the band has gone on to play many storming gigs around the UK. Hotel Bristol also headlined at London Canary Wharf Festival in the summer 2014 and Liverpool International Jazz Festival 2016.

“ a kicking groove orientated band playing all original music bursting with melody and high energy improvisations, straight out of the Scofield/Lovano legacy.”

Press quotes for Surrounded by Sea (Andy Sheppard Quartet):

“a soundtrack to getting lost in the stars” ★★★★1/2  Downbeat

”translucently beautiful” ★★★★ The Guardian

Andy Sheppard    website 
Photo credit : Sara da Costa.

Ivo Neame Quintet

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The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Time: 20:00

 

  • Ivo Neame-piano
  • Jim Hart-vibes
  • Tori Freestone-sax and flute
  • Huw Williams-bass
  • Dave Hamblett-drums

This band features some of the finest young jazz musicians from London playing melodic contemporary original music.

Influenced by musicians such as Keith Jarrett, The Claudia Quintet, Paul Hindemith and Arve Henriksen, the ethos of the band is to play music that moves seamlessly from freely improvised explorations to tightly arranged sections.
Ivo Neame is a forward thinking and innovative pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. As a musician of exceptional ability, Neame is developing a reputation as one of the most exciting and original pianists to emerge in some time.

Well known as the pianist with Phronesis and with Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset, his most recent release Strata saw him reach new heights as a composer leading a quintet in a set of exuberant and creative originals. With an abundance of ideas, his career is travelling on new trajectory set to emulate the profile achieved by the likes of Django Bates.

Extensively touring with his quintet, octet and now solo piano, as well as with Phronesis and Marius Neset, Neame is destined for great things. Watch this space!

The group has performed all over the UK and Europe, receiving a standing ovation from a full house at the 2013 North Sea Jazz Festival. The most recent album Strata was released to universal critical acclaim

“Jazz composition and improv in beautiful balance” – John Fordham, The Guardian

“Shaping the future of British Jazz” - Irish Times

“One of the finest multi-instrumentalists, composers and arrangers of his generation” -
Peter Quinn, The Arts Desk

Ivo Neame    website

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