Violin Maestro and maverick, Nigel Kennedy announces a special concert inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix.
Kennedy’s experiences in music have ranged from straight classical interpretations to collaborations with Stefan Grappelli, Kate Bush, Robert Plant and Paul McCartney. However from early on in his career there has been one composer to whom he keeps on returning, namely Jimi Hendrix.
Kennedy explains: “What attracts me to Jimi Hendrix’s music is the amazingly open mind that he had. This was reflected in many ways; he was always gracious and never insulting to anybody and this showed through the music.
“There were any number of influences that he could hear through the compositions; these ranged from rock, blues and Celtic through to trance and experimental styles. Maybe that’s why I find it so natural exploring his music, having been involved in so many similar styles myself”.
This concert will see the virtuoso work with a brand new international lineup consisting of guitarist Doug Boyle (who took Jimmy Page’s place working with Robert Plant regularly), Julian Buschberger (an 18 year old guitar prodigy), Orphy Robinson (the unique vibraphonist who was a founding member of The Jazz Warriors), Tomasz Kupiec and Adam Czerwinski (one of the leading European rhythm sections who emanate from the Jarek Śmietana band).
Kennedy’s performance will range from full electric to completely acoustic renditions, and will include such compositions as:
The Wind Cries Mary
In 1983 A Merman I Should Turn To Be
Third Stone From The Sun
Nigel Kennedy - violin
Pawel Tomaszewski – piano and Hammond
Tomasz Kupiec – bass
Adam Czerwinski – drums
The figure and work of Krzysztof Komeda-Trzcinski (04/27/1931-04/23/1969) has grown in Poland to the rank of a symbol and a legend. No other Polish
jazz musician had as great an influence on modern Polish jazz music as this artist from Poznań. The legendary Komeda Sextet started, at the first
jazz festival in Sopot in 1956, a fashion trend for modern jazz and fascination with this genre. Other Polish jazz creators went on the same path
to initiate a strong movement being developed for years and years to form a phenomenon described as Polish jazz music. But Krzysztof Komeda found
fulfillment as a composer of illustrative music: from brilliant ballet etudes to extensive discography including soundtracks for dozens of films
by the most eminent directors. Krzysztof Komeda's longstanding cooperation with Roman Polanski began already in 1957. The first Polanski movie
for which Komeda wrote the score was a debut film titled "Two Men and a Wardrobe", while the last one was "Rosemary's Baby ".
George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 26 September 1898, and began his musical training at thirteen. At fifteen he quit high school to work
as a pianist and 'song plugger' for a music publisher, and soon he was writing songs. Swanee
, introduced by Al Jolson, brought Gershwin his first
real fame. But it was George and his older brother Ira who became the dominant Broadway songwriters to emerge during the 1920s, creating a ceaseless flow
of brisk, infectious rhythms and affectingly poignant ballads. Working together, they fashioned the words to fit the melodies with a 'glove-like fidelity'.
This extraordinary collaboration led to a succession of 22 musical comedies, among them Lady, Be Good!
(1924), Oh, Kay!
(1926). Funny Face
Strike Up The Band
(1927 & 1930), Girl Crazy
(1930), and Of Thee I Sing
(1931), the first musical comedy to win a Pulitzer
Nigel Kennedy: "...I had inadvertently heard these songs many times and loved them during my school days apprenticeship with Stephane Grappelli. The songs of the Gershwins have so much pathos, charm, flavour and craft that it will be a joy to play them for you..."
Line-up: violin, 2 guitars, bass and cello.
One can really hear Nigel’s Stephane Grappelli heritage in this programme.
There will be a Gershwin album out spring next year!