Tord Gustavsen Ensemble
The Leeds Howard Assembly Room at the Leeds Grand Theatre continues with two high profile jazz promotions in November
Tord Gustavsen Ensemble "Extended Circle"
Sat 8 Nov
The slowly turning, luminous music of Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen has, without fanfare developed a staggering depth of meaning and confidence. His quartet with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and long-term associate Jarle Vespestad, has matured into a group whose interactions draw their strength from restraint.
‘For a modern take on the European jazz tradition, this quartet is hard to beat.’ The Arts Desk
The material for this one-off UK date ranges from gospel-influenced pieces and glowing group improvisation, to the Norwegian traditional I Know A Castle In Heaven. Drawn mainly from his latest ECM album, its striking ‘Nordic-Caribbean-Gospel-Impressionist-Bluesy touch’ is reminiscent of his much-lauded debut album.
Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano
Thus 20th Nov 2014
Abdullah Ibrahim returns to Leeds for a special concert to celebrate his 80th year. Casting his own atmospheric spell of heart-stopping melodies and delicately propulsive grooves, Ibrahim plays music from across his vast musical landscape of knowledge and technique. The legendary South African pianist and composer occupies a central position in his country's music history as an exile from apartheid and politicised pioneer of Township and Cape Jazz..
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Howard Assembly Room
Leeds Grand Theatre