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20 November 2018Indian violin virtuoso plays Scottish concerts

Internationally acclaimed Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth plays two concerts in Scotland this month in between fulfilling her role as the curator of London International Arts Festival. 

Taking place in venues from Shoreditch to Kings Cross from November 24 to December 2 and this year featuring musicians from Chile, Sweden, India and London, the festival is now in its seventh year and covers all styles of music including classical, indie pop, world music, Americana and jazz. 

Dr Srikanth, who divides her time between her native Bangalore and London, performs with master percussionist Abhiram Sahathevan at the Barony Centre, West Kilbride on Tuesday, November 27 and St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Linlithgow on Wednesday 28 before returning to oversee the final few days of the London festival.

 

                                            

                                                                  Jyotsna Srikanth

09 November 2018Scottish pianist reaches BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 final

Glasgow-based pianist Fergus McCreadie has won a place in the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 final at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on Saturday November 24.

Twenty-one-year-old McCreadie, who won the Best Instrumentalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards this summer and was shortlisted as Best Newcomer in the recent Parliamentary Jazz Awards, graduated from the jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in June and released his first album, Turas earlier this year.

Before heading to London for the final, which is part of EFG London Jazz Festival and will be broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday November 25, he has gigs at Biggar Corn Exchange (Saturday 10), Glasgow University (Thursday 15) and Jazz at St James in Leith (Saturday 17).

The judges for the final are pianists Zoe Rahman and Monty Alexander, bassist Gary Crosby, singer Zara McFarlane and saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy.

 

                                   

 

18 September 2018Glasgow's Late Night Jazz series returns with its biggest programme to date

Glasgow UNESCO City of Music has announced the seventh and largest series of its popular Late Night Studio Jazz promotions at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this autumn. Top names including singer Carol Kidd, saxophonist Tommy Smith and internationally acclaimed violinist Tim Kliphuis are among those featuring in the series, which begins on Saturday October 27 with Australian vocalist Becc Sanderson’s celebration of David Bowie.

Tommy Smith’s quartet plays its dedication to saxophone icon John Coltrane on November 10. Award-winning young Glasgow group Square One launch their new album, Double Bind, with special guest, American saxophonist Andy Middleton on November 24 and Tim Kliphuis’s trio give the Scottish premiere of their Brandenburg recording on December 1.

Scottish bassist Brodie Jarvie presents his new international band on December and saxophonist Paul Towndrow celebrates his 40th birthday with a special performance of Charlie Parker with Strings on December 15 before Carol Kidd and pianist Brian Kellock sing and swing the Great American Songbook on December 22. All concerts begin at 8:30pm.

 

                             

                                                               Paul Towndrow

31 August 2018Scottish harper adds extra Edinburgh date with award-winning Russian orchestra

Scottish harper Karen Marshalsay has been invited to play an extra concert with the award-winning Russian String Orchestra, Misha’s Gang at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall on Wednesday, August 22 at 3pm.

Marshalsay, who specialises in playing the music of the bagpipes on the clarsach, has appeared on the Edinburgh International Festival and at the Edinburgh Mela with the Herald Angel-winning piper Allan MacDonald and currently works with Boys of the Lough founder Cathal McConnell’s trio. She will be performing orchestrations of her own compositions with the orchestra.

Formed by Misha Rachlevsky, who also founded the New American Chamber Orchestra, Misha’s Gang have performed all over the world as Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.They recently premiered “For Misha’s Gang – Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles,” a specially commissioned work by Crimean composer Eskender Bekmambetov in New York and toured China earlier this year. They appear at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall until August 25 before playing concerts at the Tolbooth, Stirling on Sunday, August 26 and Eden Court, Inverness on Tuesday, August 28.

 

                                                     

                                                             Karen Marshalsay

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