Gilad Atzmon & the Amphion Consort
Amphion Consort + Gilad Atzmon
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Theorbo, viola da gamba, and saxophone meet where the expressive harmonies of French baroque composer Marin Marais are foil to exhilarating jazz improvisation. The hypnotic bass lines of Henry Purcell blend with the arabesques of Middle Eastern music, and Bach and the Blues all mix together in an alchemical evening that promises to move and thrill audiences while defying categories of place and time.
On the Door Tickets: £12.50
The Amphion Consort (hailed as "excellent" by Time Out London) was founded by core members Jennifer Bennett and Yair Avidor.
Over the years they have collaborated with many wonderful musicians and singers creating programmes that range from the Renaissance and the Elizabethan period, through 17th century music by Biber, Marais, Locke and Purcell, to Bach and Vivaldi, while making forays into early 19th century works that feature the Romantic guitar by Boccherini, Beethoven and Giuliani. The Amphion Consort has performed at the Handel House Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery, Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge with tenor John Potter, Horniman Museum, for the Totnes Early Music Society and for AMIA in Strasbourg and was featured on two BBC programmes.
A recent 'cross-over- project with Jazz musician Gilad Atzmon was performed in 2013 at the Harwich Festival and as a set in Atzmon's concert for the London Jazz Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Hailed as "excellent" by Time Out London
Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” Atzmon tours extensively around the world. His albums, of which he has recorded fifteenth albums to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.
"Atzmon's fluid lyricism is in full flow on songbook classics and worldly originals. But as sweet romance morphs to modernist uncertainty, the bittersweet balance and rich emotional palette equally impress." *Financial Times 5 March 2009
*“A formidable improvisational array...a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height...” * The Guardian
*“The best musician living in the world today” *Robert Wyatt
"*Gilad Atzmon, the expat Israeli saxophonist/clarinetist, combines thrilling jazz musicianship with a maverick political intelligence" The Guardian
"Like the best of albums" Jazzwise **** March 2009
"Atzmon always manages to tell a story" Uncut **** March 2009
"One of the finest alto players around, Gilad pays his respects to Bird ...It's striking how similar Gilad's sweet, open-throated sound is to Parker's, but as you'd expect from the fiery philosopher-turned-Blockhead, this is no tribute album." BBC Music Magazine March 2009