John Abercrombie/Mark Copeland
Couple of big jazz gigs coming up soon at Manchester's Band on the Wall
"Vein" featuring Greg Osby
For twenty five years, New York based saxophonist Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz bringing insight and innovation to his own ensembles and as guest with other acclaimed outfits. Next month, he makes a very rare UK appearance as guest of the exciting Swiss trio Vein, who make their UK debut.
A piano trio with a difference, Vein create exciting, dynamic and innovative music with a nod to deeply held traditional values. For these two UK dates they invite Osby, a passionate live performer and long time collaborator, to present music from the trio’s new recording, Vote For Vein, alongside original quartet compositions. Expect a night of classy, powerful, music played with passion, drive, superb interplay and improvisational finesse.
Creating an almost symbiotic interplay with their stupendous musical togetherness and concept of ‘equality for all’, Vein never fails to find Greg Osby an incredibly inspiring addition, who in the 80’s served as a member of the renowned M-Base Collective and has worked with some of the most experimental figures in jazz including Andrew Hill and Steve Coleman. Together, the quartet perform groove-heavy, lyrical, rhythmically and harmonically complex pieces, fizzing with crackling energy.
Tue 22nd April 2014 – Doors open: 19:30
John Abercrombie and Marc Copland
We welcome two of the most insightful musicians of Jazz, pianist Marc Copland and guitarist John Abercrombie, to Band on the Wall.
It is more than 30 years since a John Abercrombie group last included piano, but his and pianist Marc Copland’s association spans more than 40 years. Both men are virtuosos, but subtle, mostly quiet. Copland’s pianism is decidedly poetic; his uncanny ‘touch’ and his skill with pedals are widely admired by other keyboardists. Speaking of his ‘unlikely’ alliance with John Abercrombie, Marc Copland says, ‘by listening carefully and working together, it's possible to get stunning effects, textures, colours, sounds.’
The recordings are classic examples of the quiet, calm art of communication practiced at the highest level. The musical meeting of these two contemporary jazz maestros has a wonderfully organic feel. It is comparable to the finest chamber music. The pieces shimmer with multifarious shades and meanings. They are small sound sculptures of artful transience.
Tue 29th April 2014 – Doors open: 19:30
£13.00 Early Bird
@Band on the Wall,
27 Swan Street,
The Northern Quarter,