Rowland Sutherland: The Pentangle’s Basket of Light

LONDON Southbank Centre / Purcell Room
Belvedere Road


World Premiere at EFG London Jazz Festival

UK flautist and jazz/classical arranger Rowland Sutherland presents his jazz interpretation of Pentangle’s 1969 iconic Basket of Light in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its release.

In the autumn of 1969 Pentangle, a group of virtuoso musicians including guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn with Danny Thompson and Terry Cox on double bass and drums and singer Jacqui McShee, released their third album Basket of Light. This album captured their blend of traditional folk with jazz swing, blues and rock n roll that even featured a hit single ‘Light Flight’, the theme tune to the BBC TV dramaTake Three Girls.Rowland Sutherland brings together a group of top UK jazz players to realise his vision for Basket of Light with its potent fusion of jazz and folk. Rowland’s critically-acclaimed composition ‘Enlightenment’, a reinterpretation of Coltrane’s 'A Love Supreme' was a feature of James Lavelle’s Meltdown weekend. Rowland was also a guest on Orphy Robinson’s highly successful re-imagination of Astral Weeks at last year’s EFG London Jazz Festival.

Musical Director / Flautist / Arranger – Rowland Sutherland enjoys an international career in many different fields of music. He regularly performs with jazz bands, new music ensembles, symphony orchestras and as a soloist. Artists he has collaborated with include David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Flora Purim, Carla Bley, Manu Dibango and Airto.

Vocalist – Mae McKenna
started her career in the 1970’s with Scottish folk rock band Contraband and as a singer songwriter. She then went on to become a highly respected arranger, composer and session singer with such artists as Mike Oldfield, Donna Summer and Scritti Politti.

Acoustic Guitar – John Parricelli 
began his career as a guitarist in 1982. He was one of the founding members of the British big band Loose Tubes  with whom he recorded three albums. Artists he has worked with include Terence Blanchard, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, Annie Whitehead and Norma Winston.

Electric Guitar – Phil Dawson
is an artist/composer who plays in a wide range of musical cultures and collaborates on music projects from Burkino Faso to Brazil to Bangladesh. Artists he has featured with include Tony Allen, Mulatu Astatke, Gilberto Gil, Baaba Maal and Osibisa.

Double Bass – Alec Dankworth
is an award winning jazz bassist and composer who joined the Van Morrison group in 1995, the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1997 and Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion in 2012. He has also worked with such artists as the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Stephane Grappelli and Nigel Kennedy.

Indian Percussion and Strings – Ansuman Biswas
born in Calcutta has travelled the world playing with artists as varied as Bjork and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He works in a wide range of contexts from jazz to Indian classical music. He has performed with such soloists as Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh and Courtney Pine.

Drums – Rod Youngs
is a native of Washington DC who studied applied percussion at Howard University before going on to play behind Gil Scott-Heron, Bennie Maupin, Lee Konitz, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine and Robin Eubanks amongst others.