Cascade

Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow, Thu 1 Feb

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CELTIC CONNECTIONS

Cascade is a new project featuring a number of familiar names from a diverse range of musical backgrounds. The five-piece first got together at the London Jazz Festival in November, and this will be their debut in Scotland.

The home contingent of fiddler Aidan O’Rourke and concertina player Simon Thoumire are joined by saxophonist Andy Sheppard, sitar player Sheema Mukherjee and percussionist Kuljit Bhamra.

The group will use a collective structure incorporating improvisation to create new work that pushes beyond established genre boundaries. Each musician will have the chance to lead a creative process that will result in a new work for their unusual instrumentation, and the resulting music will respond to the virtuosity, traditions and tastes of each member.

As Andy Sheppard explains, it is a learning experience for all of them: ‘We all bring music to the table that comes out of our own experience, and then we hand it over to the group and we all rework it. Everyone’s contributing and everyone’s learning, and that’s what’s so great about this kind of collaboration. I love the fact that it’s a kind of continuous work-in-progress.’

The concert will open with a set from Manchester-Irish trumpeter Neil Yates, but no one need worry that he seems to be throwing his trumpet into the sea in the photo included in the programme. Neil has admitted it was a redundant instrument picked up for £30 before the photo-shoot that took the soaking, and not his own.

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