Marcus Vergette

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The Marsyas Suite

The Bosuns Charlestown

Date:  Wednesday 11th March 2015

Time:  20.00

Roz Harding - alto sax  / Janna Bulmer - cello / Lucy Welsman – cello / Tom Unwin – piano /

 Marcus Vergette - bass

Marcus Vergette is a sculptor, film-maker, composer and working musician and a much sought after double bass player.

 

Inspired by the painting by Titian "The Flaying Of Marsyas". The music tells the story of the Greek myth behind the painting; a shepherd boy who finds a flute thrown away by Athena, is challenged to a musical dual with Apollo that and ends in the usual way of a Greek tragedy. This piece was first premiered on Radio 3 in the 90's.

 

This is a unique piece with many facets, chamber jazz with a kaleidoscopic story. The suite is performed by some of the South West’s leading jazz musicians.

 

www.marcusvergette.co.uk

 

 

Andy Sheppard Trio

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The Bosun's Charlestown

Date:  Wednesday 18th February 2015

Time:   20.00

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  • Andy Sheppard – saxophones
  • Dan Moore – Hammond Organ
  • Tony Orrell – drums

One of the UK’s most compelling and charismatic saxophonists, Andy Sheppard, has been a mainstay of the European jazz scene for over twenty years.

A powerful soloist with a distinctive glowing tone he has illuminated the bands of post-war jazz greats George Russell, Gil Evans and Carla Bley as well as recording a series of brilliant albums for Blue Note, Island Records and most recently ECM.

Andy Sheppard bought his first saxophone at the age of nineteen after being introduced to the jazz music of John Coltrane. He has since established himself as one of Britain’s foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists.

During the late eighties, the British Jazz Awards awarded him not only Best Newcomer but Best Instrumentalist, Best Album and Best Big Band.

Known as a serial collaborator, Andy Sheppard has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz and is in huge demand for both his composing and arranging skills and for his legendary live performances.

Andy Sheppard has composed over 300 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from Asia, Africa and South America.

Dan Moore - Known primarily for playing piano and Hammond organ, Dan is also a composer/producer/arranger.

Tony Orrell - has a long history of collaborations most recently with conductor Charles Hazelwood.

‘Romanticism, carefully managed anarchy and accessibility subtle, elegant jazz…’ The Guardian

“Sheppard's wholly distinctive saxophone playing, which combines considerable subtlety with immediate accessibility, has never sounded better.” The Times

‘Sheppard is always a compelling voice...’ Time Out

Andy Sheppard Website

 

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