R.I.P. VIC ASH
We learned with sadness that the Audio-B artist and clarinet/saxophone player Vic Ash died recently. As well as fronting his own bands, Vic was a regular sideman with John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra and the BBC Big Band. A superb player and a consummate professional, he will be greatly missed.
In a less than happy month for the jazz community in Britain, we have also said goodbye to Kenny Wheeler, Brian Lemon, Acker Bilk and photographer David Redfern.
TWO ACOUSTIC TRIANGLE CONCERTS THIS AUTUMN
Acoustic Triangle appeared in two concerts with the fabulous Royal Holloway Choir this autumn.
Malcolm Creese, Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock continued their fruitful association with the Royal Holloway Choir, directed by Rupert Gough, with two concerts this autumn. The first was on 30th October at Royal Holloway College in Egham, and the second in Dorchester Abbey, near Oxford on 1st November. Music from seven centuries was performed, including a unique arrangement of Gregorio Allegri's famous 'Miserere Mei' and works by Henry Purcell, Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock. The trio also played a short tribute to the extraordinary trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler who sadly died recently.
10th MATT WATES SEXTET ALBUM RELEASED
The Matt Wates Sextet, which has been producing first class, accessible modern jazz for over twenty years, has just released its tenth album on Audio-B, Yemanja. The band features some of the most respected musicians in British jazz, including trumpeter Martin Shaw, drummer Matt Home, tenor saxophonist Steve Main and pianist Leon Greening. Top alto saxophonist Matt Wates provides most of the compositions and all of the finely-crafted arrangements. Yemanja is now available on CD. Please click here for further details and to place your order.
NEW RELEASE: Sensational CD by violinist Magdalena Filipczak
Magdalena Filipczak is an outstanding young violinist who is destined to be a leading virtuoso. Born in Poland, she now resides in London and is building a worldwide reputation as a soloist of the highest calibre. Essence of Violin features Magdalena, with regular duo partners Agnieszka Kozło on piano and Martin Fogel on guitar, playing a balanced programme of works by Britten, Elgar, Lutosławski, Piazzolla, Saint-Saëns, Wieniawski and Szymanowski. The playing is sensational throughout and the sound quality is superb. There are well-written notes and the packaging is beautifully designed. To order your copy, or to find out more, please click here.
THE KING'S SINGERS AND ACOUSTIC TRIANGLE: LULLABY OF BIRDLAND
A Tribute to Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and Sir George Shearing
For two concerts in June last year, The King's Singers joined forces with Acoustic Triangle - Malcolm Creese (double bass), Tim Garland (saxophones) and Gwilym Simcock (piano) - to pay tribute to two legendary musicians, Richard Rodney Bennett and George Shearing, in concerts at Cadogan Hall in London and St. John the Evangelist in Oxford.
Both concerts were very successful and well received by audience and reviewers. Many thanks to all who attended.
Read the review of the Cadogan Hall concert in London Jazz News
Photograph by Eric Whitacre
Acoustic Triangle home page
Blog from Christopher Gabbitas (baritone with the Kings Singers)
Is it the end, or the beginning? That's what we're keen to find out after the second of our two tribute concerts with the wonderful Acoustic Triangle, last night in Oxford. It was so much fun to work with them that we certainly don't want it to be the last time we get together, so we now have grand dreams of recordings, tours, and collaboration...
Kings Singers Blog site
GUITARIST IN THE LONG RUN
Audio-B's young classical guitar virtuoso Carl Herring ran in the 2013 London Marathon to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Unfortunately, Carl's wife is one of the 100,000 people in the UK who have the condition. The MS Society does amazing work in supporting those with MS and funding research which might one day lead to better treatments or even a cure.
The photo is from the Leith Hill Half Marathon which Carl (No. 142) planned as a 'warm up' run. If the sign on the ground is anything to go by, he was running in the wrong direction - fortunately he got it right in London on 21st April, setting a new personal best of 3:18:01 and beating the £2000 target for the MS Society! Many thanks to all for your kind support and generosity.
CARL HERRING'S RUSSIAN GUITAR MUSIC CD RECEIVES GLOWING REVIEWS
Carl Herring's Russian Guitar Music CD has received excellent reviews in Gramophone and Scotland on Sunday:
"A sparkling technique and an amiable musicality that radiates warmth"
Herring plays with fluency and assurance throughout.
Scotland on Sunday
This Audio-B release of solo Russian guitar music is performed by Carl Herring, arguably the finest classical guitarist of his generation. The recording features music by Glinka and Tchaikovsky as well as lesser known Russian pieces, including some previously un-recorded material. The playing is extremely fine and the recording quality is first class. Click
for more details or
to order your copy.
TWO WAYS TO BUY RECORDINGS FROM AUDIO-B
Many Audio-B recordings are now available from iTunes. Click on the links on each CD page to buy the CD or download from iTunes.
AUDIO-B IS ON TWITTER
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AUDIO-B GOES CLASSICAL: BACH / STRAVINSKY / GARLAND
A beautifully recorded CD is available from the Audio-B web shop
featuring the music of JS Bach, Igor Stravinsky and Tim Garland, played
by one of the world's great orchestras - Northern Sinfonia. The CD
celebrates Bach's extraordinary influence which has endured for three
centuries. Tim Garland shows his extraordinary versatility, not only as
an important contemporary composer, but as soloist (on soprano
saxophone) in two of Bach's oboe concertos and one of his own.
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AUDIO-B HAS MOVED
If you wish to write to us, our new postal address is:
38 MILL HILL