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An Evening Of Improvisation.
Fri 12 May 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
An Evening Of Improvisation - Esta Rae, Howard Alden, Martin Vishnick and Matthew Sear
An Evening Of Improvisation brings together four top musicians from the world of jazz and classical music, with a theme of improvisation running through the evening. From the improvisations (often live on stage), of Latin American composers such as Barrios, to the jazz standards from the 30's to the present, An Evening Of Improvisation, promises to be an exciting evening of music for solo guitar, two guitars and vocals and guitar.
Matthew’s work as a composer, includes music for solo instruments and ensembles, receiving numerous performances at venues including; St Martin-In-The-Fields ('New Music Series' for young composers), St James’ Piccadily and St John Smith Square. International performances have taken Matthew's music to The Edinburgh, Toronto and Adelaide fringe festivals and In 2015, the American journal Fanfare, describing Matthew as "...a fine guitarist and composer with a chameleon like talent..." Matthew combines a performance career as both a classical and jazz guitarist, composer and is currently learning the pipe organ. He is also proud member of Music In Hospitals.
Martin Vishnick's debut was in 1981, at The Wigmore Hall and through his carrer, he has built a reputation as one of the most innovative and creative musicians in the classical world. His music has received much praise from publications (ranging from The Guardian to Classical Guitar magazine) and in 2015 his recent Phd was released into two books in 2015, entitled 'Sculpting Sound on the Classical Six-String Guitar'. Martin shows no signs of slowing down and regualrly tours overseas, composes and continues to record his new pieces that explore the limits of the guitar. Summing Martin up, Classical Guitar Magazine simply writes "Superb!"
The second half features solo guitar from the jazz guitar legend Howard Alden and jazz for vocals and guitar by the Esta Rae duo.
Howard Alden is widely regarded as one of the greatest living jazz guitarists and was responsible for the fantastic soundtrack to the Woody Allen film 'Sweet and Lowdown' (starring Sean Penn, Samantha Morton and Uma Thurman, Howard also taught Sean Penn the guitar on set). A recording artist with Concord Records since the 1980's, Howard has appeared on more than thirty recordings. Jazz critic Wayne Thompson writes simply, in Jazzscene, "If there are better young jazz guitar players in America than Howard Alden, I have yet to hear them." Howard continues to tour with various instrumental combinations and is currently touring Europe.
Initially a classical trained mezzo soprano, Esta soon found her passion was in Jazz. At the beginning of her career she worked as as an impressionist on the popular televsion show 'Who Do You Do?' for central television, also working as a voice over artist, for Music To Pictures, for various animation projects. Her extensive singing career includes working with a host of jazz legends; including The Colin Purbrook trio, Alec Dankworth, Bill Le Sage and supporting Benny Waters, receiving much acclaim for her vocal's warmth and also the energy she brings to a performance.
The Esta Rae duo formed in the Summer of 2016 through a mutual friend, the veteran music journalist Julie Burchill, who described their first recording as "smashing". At this evening's concert, Matthew and Esta will launch their debut EP, performing jazz from the 1930's to the present!