Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017
Iain Ballamy & Stian Carstensen - The Little Radio
LONDON Green Note
Chopin, Whitney Houston, jazz standards, tango and witty original music – all become part of the rich and beautiful accordion/saxophone sonorities of a long-established duo.
Iain Ballamy - tenor saxophone
Stian Carstensen - button accordion
The resonance of button accordion and tenor saxophone is a rare, rich and beautiful sonority. In the hands of these two musicians it is a combination capable of a great range of moods and textures, at times showing great dexterity and alternately a full and rich resonance seemingly far larger than the sum of its parts.
Their repertoire ranges widely from Chopin to Whitney Houston via Eric Satie and Kurt Weill, incorporating classic songs, jazz standards, original works, tangos and even children's songs to make a rich and diverse program in a new and imaginative setting.
'True virtuosos on their instruments' - BBC Music Magazine
Stian Carstensen, (b.Norway 1971) plays accordion, a traditional Bulgarian flute called the Kaval, bagpipes, guitar, violin, mandolin and banjo. He's an eclectic musician having studied Bulgarian polyphony in Bulgaria and American Afro-Celtic music in the Appalachians. At the age of 9 when began playing and learning from his father he was quickly recognised as a child prodigy and became a regular on Norwegian TV, radio and at festivals. He's also toured America playing classical music. At the same time he developed an interest in swing, performing standards with his father playing bass.
Saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy (b.Guildford 1964) is recognised internationally as an original, uncompromising and forward-thinking musician. His work is eclectic, contemporary and un-encumbered by formality and tradition as is clearly evident in his writing commissions for Arve Henriksen and the London Sinfonietta, The Henri Oguike Dance Company and the soundtrack for 'Mirrormask' the highly acclaimed movie directed by Dave McKean for the Jim Henson Company.