An ECM Records double-bill of jazz guitar masters
EGBERTO GISMONTI + RALPH TOWNER
Thursday 27 February, 7.30pm
£17.50 - £25 + bkg from barbican.org.uk
Virtuoso pianist and guitarist, and a seminal figure in contemporary Brazilian culture, Egberto Gismonti is the composer of an extraordinary body of music, reflected in a long association with ECM Records. His charismatic solo performances meld uplifting, exuberant rhythms with heart-stopping melody.
'A tour de force' **** (The Guardian)
One of the most distinctive guitarists in contemporary jazz, Ralph Towner plays the opening set. A creature of texture and lyrical sophistication, Towner is a master of delicately poised atmosphere – sensuous and lyrical balanced by a muscular rhythmic tension. His most recent ECM album is Travel Guide with fellow guitarists Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan. He’s worked with luminaries such as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, and is a founder member of the charismatic world jazz quartet Oregon; but his solo performances carry an evocative quality rare in today’s music.
'The absolute master of establishing a particular mood or atmosphere with a mere gesture…..in his hands, the guitar acts like a prism, dispersing a myriad of timbres and endless inflections.' (Jazzwise)