Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017
Kate Williams' Four Plus Three
LONDON Cadogan Hall / Foyer
5 Sloane Terrace
Music from Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bill Evans and Cole Porter given a sumptuous twist in Kate Williams’ arrangements for piano trio and string quartet – “consistently thoughtful and inventive” (Mojo)
Kate Williams - piano
Oli Hayhurst - double bass
David Ingamells - drums
John Garner - violin
Marie Schreer - violin
Francis Gallagher - viola
Sergio Serra - cello
This is a unique collaboration between acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams and the Guastalla string quartet.
The project was launched in summer 2016 with a CD release, and a UK tour supported by Arts Council England.
The repertoire includes material by Bill Evans, Cole Porter and A.C. Jobim as well as originals by Williams. The style of writing and arranging exploits the varied sound pallet of both string quartet and jazz trio, creating contrasts between the improvised and the notated, and between sustained textures and strong grooves. As with her previous arranging ventures, Kate is seeking a fully integrated approach (this is definitely not a jazz trio with string accompaniment!), as this line-up provides a wealth of interesting instrumental sonorities. Both the CD and the live performances have received glowing reviews.
The CD was rated no.2 in Mojo Magazine's top jazz albums of 2016.
"A sumptuous jazz piano trio plus string quartet set from the consistently thoughtful and inventive Kate Williams."
Mojo Magazine 4****
"..crisp, incisive and totally at one with the rhythmic ebb and flow." The Observer ****
"It was one of those rare concerts you wished would not end." The Jazz Breakfast
"The depth of possibilities for this grouping sounds seems to be emerging as the compositions evolve. Preludes to numbers are evolving into larger statements. The whole thing seems organic, alive, work in progress. It is the right project at the right time for the right composer: immensely nourishing musically as it is, but also brim full of promise for what is yet to happen." London Jazz News