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Friday, 31 October 2014

High profile concerts @the Howard

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..

More details here...

Howard Assembly Room
Leeds Grand Theatre
Upper Briggate

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