Jan Garbarek & Trilok Gurtu
Saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s long-standing influence from Norwegian folk music picks up on an equally well-established strand in the Celtic Connections programme, but there will be a much more broad-ranging musical canvas explored in the two concerts in which he is involved.
Garbarek leads his own group in the second of these, with special guest Trilok Gurtu replacing drummer Manu Katché, alongside the perennial Rainer Brüninghaus on piano and more recent recruit Yuri Daniel on bass. They play with an energy and fluid interaction that generally brings out the best in a saxophonist who has long since established his distinctive musical signature.
Garbarek has collaborated with Trilok Gurtu often in the past, both live and on record, and the saxophonist will also feature as a special guest in the percussionist’s own headline concert the previous evening, along with Indian singer Shankar Mahadevan (on a bill that also includes the award-winning Lau).
Although initially steeped in classical Indian traditions, Gurtu has strong convictions that music is about reaching out to people rather than toeing the line on genre conventions, and his own music is liable to venture just about anywhere.
It promises to be a fascinating pair of concerts from two musicians who come from very different musical and geographical backgrounds, but who have made major impacts on the contemporary jazz scene – and well beyond – over the last four decades.
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Wed 27 Jan; City Halls, Glasgow, Thu 28 Jan.