GLASGOW IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA WITH TREVOR WATTS
Drygate, Glasgow G4 0YF, UK
A major figure in the development of European Jazz, Trevor Watts was first associated with the British free jazz and improvised music scene during the mid-'60s. He became well known for his involvement in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and in other projects with drummer John Stevens. During the '70s Watts led the multifaceted group Amalgam, moving on to his brilliant African music-inspired Moiré Music projects from the '80s to the turn of the millennium. The early 2000s saw Watts incorporate Moiré Music concepts into the music of his Celebration Band while, as the decade progressed, he became involved in more intimate musical settings, including a return to creative improvisation in a duo with longstanding musical collaborator pianist Veryan Weston.
This is a rare and unique opportunity to hear this major artist in collaboration with Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra in smaller and larger group settings featuring some of Scotland's leading improvising musicians in GIO.
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra is a large improvising ensemble of around 20 musicians from diverse artistic backgrounds ranging from free improvisation, jazz, classical, folk, pop, experimental musics and performance art.
Since its inaugural project in 2002 the Orchestra has established an international reputation and garnered critical acclaim for its innovative projects and its exploration of improvised music. A host of collaborations with world-renowned improvisers including Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Barry Guy, Howard Riley, George Lewis and many others, and with other ensembles, have expanded the band’s artistic horizons and given rise to musical connections throughout the world.
“One of the best large improvising ensembles in the world” BBC Jazz on 3
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm show time
Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18
Festival website: www.jazzfest.co.uk
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