My jazz group The John Garner Quartet recently received a lovely review of our latest LP Blue Fields. Bird is the Worm is a great blog featuring in-depth reviews of new jazz recordings. You can read the full review by clicking here.
I’ve been featured in a lovely article from online magazine gather.ly investigating the electronic influences in my music making. I’ll be teaming up with gather.ly and electronic musician The Last Skeptik soon to bring you some exciting new sounds!
Read the article here.
See you at the Last Night of the Proms, or in Bournemouth on September 17th!
By far the most successful performance of the evening was that of Lutosławski’s String Quartet given by the accomplished Park Quartet. Opening the blanched pages of outsize parts upon their stands like a collection of wings, the players set about conquering this highly original 20th-century masterpiece.
Whilst I was on the Moritzburg Festival Academy in Gemany, it transpired that one of the chamber concerts was also a competition, with the audience as the jury! I performed the first and second movements of Shotakovich’s glorious second piano trio with the very talented Samuel Justitz (cello) from Switzerland and Ho Jeong Lee (piano) from South Korea. We beat off some really tough competition to steal first prize which was a very nice surprise! I was also interviewed before our concert at the Konzerthaus Berlin by a journalist from Deutsche Welle for a rather interesting article:
On October 18th, I will be performing the world premiere of Louis Mander‘s sonata for violin and piano (see Diary for detailed info). Louis is an up-and-coming composer who I was very lucky to work with, albeit briefly, very recently. There are more exciting things further down the line, including a new opera by Louis, bits of which I have already had the fortune to play.
My quartet (Park Quartet) has received a very pleasant review (see page 5) recently in the Anglo-Netherlands Society Newsletter, of all places:
Ably led by Eunsley Park, the Park Quartet opened the evening’s events with Haydn’s Vivace Assai (from a set known as the London Quartets), Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin. The Park Quartet fully demonstrated the strengths which have led to these third year BMus students being selected to represent the RCM in inter-collegiate competitions.
In other news, here’s the second video I am releasing from my April video session with pianist Clement Rooney. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is an excellent song by Belgian-Australian artist Gotye, featuring Kimbra, and is the first refreshing tune that I have discovered in the top ten for a woefully long time. It’s worth checking out more of this man’s music, my favourite album being ‘Like Drawing Blood’. I hope Clem and I have managed to do him justice.
The Dusapin concert is over! I can finally enjoy the glory of decent sleep.
Take a gander at this glittering review of Polaroid 85:
We’re playing at the Bedroom Bar in East London on Thursday March 1st. It’s absolutely free!
Yesterday Music Muso introduced my band Polaroid 85 on its site. Have a read of the article here: