Jazz, flamenco and folk in Capstone Spring Summer programmeWednesday 15 April 2015
Liverpool Hope's international arts venue the Capstone Theatre will this season welcome an array of music stars from across the world, each of whom will bring their distinct sound to the city. As well as hosting performances from a Mercury Award nominee, flamenco guitar legends and a folk queen, the Capstone will help audiences ease into summer with a programme of weekly jazz concerts throughout April and May.
On Wednesday 22nd April Welsh-born pianist Gwilym Simcock, a Mercury Prize nominee in 2011, will bring his latest work to the Capstone. Gwilym, winner of the Perrier Award at the BBC Jazz Awards, has performed extensively throughout Europe with the cream of British and international jazz artists including Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, and Adam Nussbaum. His most recent solo album Good Days at Schloss Elmau on the prestigious ACT label was nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2011.
On Friday 24th April, pianist Michael Arbenz, drummer Florian Arbenz and bassist Thomas Lähns – who make up Swiss jazz piano trio Vein - bring their musical interplay to the Capstone. The result of their approach to music is a stupendous musical togetherness, packed with surprising melodic, rhythmic and dynamic turns, played with highest precision even in the most complex, distorted and twisted passages of their compositions.
On Friday 1st May the Max Luthert Sextet perform at the Capstone. Regarded as one of the most in-demand musicians of his generation in the UK, Max Luthert is known for his distinctive sound and approach to improvisation. In the last couple of years he has performed with artists such as Zara McFarlane, Partikel, Benet McLean, Duncan Eagles, Gareth Lockrane, Mark Mondesir, Peter Edwards and Ollie Howell.
Stretch Trio make a return to the Capstone on Friday 8th May. Stretch Trio was formed as an outlet for music written by EWI and Saxophonist, Andy French, whose original idea was to create a sound that was accessible to a wide audience, whilst remaining rooted within the jazz idiom. Stretch Trio have quickly formed their own distinctive sound and they released their debut album, Antithesis, in November 2014.
On Saturday 9th May, Juan Martin and and Chaparro de Málaga bring their Dos Guitarras Malaguenas to the Capstone. Juan is a world renowned guitarist who was voted into the top flamenco guitarists in the world and Chaparro is a prize winning guitarist from Málaga who has toured widely accompanying famous flamenco singers. The programme will transport the audience to the Classic Spain of Málaga, Granada, Córdoba and Jerez on a journey through the diverse cultures of Andalucia from the Moorish laments to the sounds returning from South America. Juan and Chaparro will also perform arrangements of the Malagueñas of Lecuona and other classic pieces.
On 15th May, The Weave, a collection of some of Liverpool's best established Jazz musicians, comes to The Capstone. Since forming in August 2012 when they recorded their debut album, they won tour support from Jazz North on their Northern Line Ambassadors scheme and have toured extensively in England, bringing 2014 to a close with a rave reviewed show at the EFG London International Jazz Festival. Their first album received widespread critical acclaim from top New York critics Mark Myers and Howard Mandel, and has won radio support from the likes of Mark Radcliffe, Jazz FM, UK Jazz Radio. The concert is also the official launch of their widely anticipated second album.
Friday 22nd May sees a concert by the Ant Law Quintet. Described as “an innovator” by The Guardian, guitarist Ant Law was a scholar at Edinburgh University and Berklee College of Music, moving to London in 2008. Since then he has worked with Tim Garland, Jason Rebello, Mica Paris, Gwilym Simcock, Leon Ware, Asaf Sirkis, Koby Israelite and Eileen Hunter. Additionally he is a pioneer of a new “perfect fourths” tuning system for guitarists.
In her 80th year, Peggy Seeger – folk queen, feminist icon, political activist, eco-warrior – releases her 24th solo album. She brings her latest work to the Capstone on Saturday 13th June. As a songwriter and performer, Peggy positively relishes breaking taboos and going near the knuckle. This is Peggy’s first solo album on which she has worked with co-writers and recorded with a band. Produced by her son Calum MacColl, the album features musicians Simon Edwards, James Hallawell, Martyn Barker and Kate St John. Peggy will be joined by Neill MacColl and Calum MacColl.
To book tickets and for more listings visit the Capstone Theatre website
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