Stapleford Granary

Event description

6 September 19:30  £20 / £15 under 16

 

Johannes Berauer’s Hourglass featuring 

Gwilym Simcock 

“Gwilym’s an original. A creative genius”

Chick Corea

 

'a jaw-droppingly exciting pianist' — James Griffiths, The Guardian

 

"Johannes manages to connect 21st Century innovation with Jazz music to great success. I see a long and productive musical life for him -- very, very gifted."   –  Bob Brookmeyer

Gwilym Simcock (piano), Thomas Gould (violin), Mike Walker (guitar), Martin Berauer (bass) and Bernhard Schimpelsberger (percussion).

Hourglass Quintet

Gwilym Simcock, member of Pat Metheny's current quartet, and Mike Walker who played with virtually everyone from Kenny Wheeler to Dave Holland are two of the finest musicians of the jazz scene.

Violinist Thomas Gould has been described as "one of the most talented and charismatic British violinists of the younger generation" excelling in both classical and contemporary repertoire as well as Jazz. He is director of the Britten Sinfonia.

Likewise Martin Berauer and Bernhard Schimpelsberger are two of the leading young musicians of Austria. Martin, living in Paris, is especially known for his expertise in the field of world music, and Bernhard, based in London, has built a reputation as a master of Indian Rhythms, which lead him to collaborations with artists like Akram Khan or Anoushka Shankar.

 

The first half of show features duos/trios with Thomas and Gwilym and Gwilym and Mike and some spectacular Indian percussion and vocalese from Bernhard.  Gwilym and Thomas have been exploring arrangements of Bach and other classical works including Arvo Part, Ravel and Debussy.

With Mike they also play a mix of pieces that Gwilym and Mike have co-written over the years and are still developing. The second half will be music from the new albumHourglass, music written specially of these musicians by Austrian composer Johannes Berauer

 

Johannes Berauer’s Hourglass

A celebration of the new recording “Hourglass” (Basho Records) created by genre-busting Austrian composer Johannes Berauer featuring virtuosi Thomas Gould (violin), Gwilym Simcock (piano), Mike Walker (guitar), Martin Berauer (bass) and Bernhard Schimpelsberger (drums, percussion and Konnakol).

 Johannes Berauer is one of the most productive and diverse young composers in Austria. He navigates effortlessly through musical styles such as classical avant-garde, jazz and world music. He was recently orchestral arranger and musical director for Oud master Anouar Brahem on his last ECM release "Souvenance". With Indian Sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta he co-composed the music for the silent movie project "King of Ghosts" originally for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, then the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. An album of this music performed by the City of London Sinfonia has just been released by Shakespeare’s Globe.

 

"Johannes manages to connect 21st Century innovation with Jazz music to great success. I see a long and productive musical life for him -- very, very gifted."   –  Bob Brookmeyer