Goldmark Front Room

Iain Ballamy & Gareth Williams | Celebrating the Genius of Bill Evans

Sunday 19th November 2017. Doors 7pm.

Please collect any purchased tickets on the door.

A pioneer of post bop and modal jazz, Bill Evans rose to prominence after playing on the legendary and iconic Miles Davis album ‘Kind of blue’ before becoming a key figure as a composer and leader of his trio with Scott La Faro.

The music is sophisticated and deep with almost orchestral harmonic qualities and a uniquely reflective character. Gareth Williams is recognised for his profound understanding of Evans’ music and his ability to portray it with the emotional gravitas it demands.

Saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy 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 recent writing commissions for Arve Henriksen and the London Sinfonietta, Henri Oguike Dance Company and the soundtrack for ‘Mirrormask’ the highly acclaimed movie directed by Dave McKean for the Jim Henson Company. For two decades Ballamy has forged strong and ongoing musical relationships with musicians around the globe, notably Scandinavia. Iain records for ECM with Food and Quercus.

Described as “a jewel of a player…spinning out luminous introductions and codas” by Jazziz Magazine (USA), Gareth Williams has dazzled audiences not only by his virtuosic approach to the piano, but also by his talents on guitar and as a singer. He describes his musical references as Bill Evans, Welsh Tenor David Lloyd, Big Bill Broonzy, Mahler, Coltrane and Thin Lizzy. Playing credits include Us3, Claire Martin for whom he acted as MD and performances worldwide with Jim Mullen, Bud Shank, James Moody, George Coleman. He also composes and leads his own trio with Laurence Cottle and Ian Thomas.

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