Friday 27 November. 19:30. £25 / £18 under 16
ANDY SHEPPARD & RITA MARCOTULLi
A duo performance by UK saxophonist Andy Sheppard and Italian pianist Rita Marcotulli. Andy is no stranger to performing in a duo setting and has previously collaborated with tabla player Kuljit Bhamra, pianist Joanna McGregor and guitarist John Parricelli.
Music can be compared to a range of colours; some of them match, others are embellished by juxtaposition and yet others quite simply clash. Rita Marcotulli and Andy Sheppard form an artistic duo that brings particularly delightful results, playing their “colour” range in perfect harmony together. The pair met through their shared passion for François Truffaut.
Their friendship was cemented further when Andy took part in Rita’s album Koiné, and finally they’ve perfected their musical partnership through the numerous live concerts they’ve given together throughout Europe. Their duo album ‘On the edge of a perfect moment’ stems from the same idiom the two partners share that relies heavily on melody with another strong influence from electronic music which fascinates them both. Hence their constant search for new sounds by electronic treatment of acoustic effects; this is something they’ve developed themselves, but which isn’t necessarily valid for other instruments.
The on-going, open-ended project depends mainly on the live context.
Their repertoire of original compositions (with two new versions of old ones) is part of it; it bears the stamp of a pair personifying the art of the duo.
“Marcotulli has lived in Scandinavia, and the ghostly, wistful long-note jazz of Jan Garbarek, Arve Henriksen and others has had an impact here. Sheppard’s tone control and ability to do more with less has been an eloquent feature of his mid-life music, but a startling edginess often bursts out of it, in fierce split-notes or rumbling, upward-spiralling runs against slowly swaying piano figures(…)The result is a real contemporary improvised dialogue” * * * * JF The Guardian