HERMON JAZZ: 'PICASSO(S) - INTERACTIONS' - Mike Fletcher Jazz Orchestra & Tony Dudley-Evans

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry, SY11 1LF
Sun 16th June 2019 7:00PM
Hermon Jazz invites you to a special Father’s Day Night Out with a live performance of the amazing Mike Fletcher Jazz Orchestra! With a stellar line-up of twelve excellent U.K. Jazz players, graced with a powerful sax section consisting of Mike Fletcher and John O’Gallagher on alto joined by George Crowley on tenor sax and bass clarinet, the audience is in for a night of the mind-blowing kind!

Mike Fletcher is a woodwind multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger whose work spans jazz, contemporary classical and world music. Whether it is as instrumentalist or composer - or more commonly both at once - Mike’s approach to making music prioritises interactive dialogue between performers, therefore creating a platform for ideas to emerge and develop collectively. Constantly seeking to open up new alleys for further development, his new Arts Council funded project ‘Picasso(s) - Interactions’ sets interesting challenges for himself and his players aimed at exploring the interplay between composition and improvisation.

After a very successful recent debut of ‘Picasso(s) - Interactions’ at Birmingham’s MAC, Mike Fletcher now brings his new suite of music written for large ensemble to The Hermon before heading with the orchestra into the sound studio for a recording of the project. The orchestral version is the logical continuation of Mike’s fourth album ‘Picasso(s)’, an hour-long work for solo saxophone, which he incidentally performed at The Hermon in 2018. Both, the solo as well as the orchestral piece, are based on Pablo Picasso's cycle of 58 paintings 'Las Meninas' and a solo piece by Coleman Hawkins entitled 'Picasso'.

To provide an opportunity to learn more about the underlying ideas of Mike’s solo and orchestral project, the concert will be opened with a pre-concert talk with members of the orchestra followed by a Q&A session chaired by linguist & jazz promoter Tony Dudley-Evans.  Tony is a founder member, former artistic director and currently programme advisor of the prestigious Cheltenham Jazz Festival and received in 2005 the BBC JAZZ AWARD FOR SERVICES TO JAZZ.
A rare opportunity to catch one of the only two UK-performances of this project, meet cutting edge Jazz musicians and get to a key figure in UK Jazz promotion!

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More about the project & Mike’s approach:

More about The Mike Fletcher Jazz Orchestra:
The Mike Fletcher Jazz Orchestra began life in Birmingham in 2006 as a group of young musicians with a shared love of the long and varied tradition of big band music from Count Basie and Duke Ellington to Thad Jones and beyond. Since this time the focus of the project has evolved along with Mike’s interest in more experimental large ensemble composition, although still retaining a clear link to the music’s rich history. The 12-piece line-up is slightly reduced from the more traditional ’16 men swinging’, and makes for a more nimble formation that nevertheless retains the power of a full big band.
As well as performing Mike’s original music, the ensemble regularly collaborates with visiting soloists and composers. In 2013 they performed with acclaimed New York saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo and drummer Dan Weiss. In 2016 they performed a piece by contemporary classical composer Anna Meredith that was specially commissioned for the orchestra by Symphony Hall Birmingham.

Mike Fletcher - alto sax, composition & direction
John O'Gallagher - alto sax
George Crowley - tenor sax/bass clarinet

Sean Gibbs, Percy Pursglove & Aaron Diaz - trumpet
Kieran McLeod & Richard Foote - trombone
Andy Johnson - tuba

Tom Ford - guitar
Chris Mapp - bass
Jonathan Silk – drums
Event Details

Doors Open at 6:30PM
From 7:00PM to 9:30PM


Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry, SY11 1LF

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