Edinburgh International Festival 2015: The Hub Sessions
- Steffen Armstrong
- 19 March 2015
Highlights of new strand include works from the National’s Bryce Dessner and Mercury nominee Anna Calvi
For the first time, this year’s Edinburgh International Festival will feature The Hub Sessions, where some of the world’s most exciting musicians perform in the intimate surroundings of The Hub in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Here are this year’s magical must-sees.
Chambers – Chilly Gonzales Featuring Kaiser Quartett
Ten times sharper than Speedy Gonzalez, well at least on the keys, piano virtuoso Chilly Gonzales collaborates with Kaiser Quartett to perform the greatly anticipated Chambers. Expect virtuosic thrills ranging from Bach to Daft Punk in this master class of baroque re-interpret.
Sat 8 & Sun 9 Aug, 9.30pm
Robert Glasper Trio
The Robert Glasper Trio combine the language of Jazz with the cool of the urban underground. Band-leader-composer-extraordinaire Robert Glasper delivers signature hypnotic funk jazz defined by sweeping improvised flicks and silky, smooth, irresistible funk grooves.
Mon 10 Aug, 10.30pm
All Rise – A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller | Jason Moran
Jason Moran is the reincarnated Fats Waller in this painstakingly beautiful and affectionate tribute to the 1930s king of jazz. All Rise is Moran’s contemporary take on jazz and R&B, fused with the trademark stride and stomp he is so well loved for.
Thu 13 Aug, 10.30pm
From Scotland With Love – King Creosote
Unmistakably one of the greatest successes of 2014, this film and its soundtrack portrays the loves, losses and liberating beauty of Scotland. Archive footage of Virginia Heath’s From Scotland With Love and Creosote’s inspirational original score create one of the most moving reflections of Scotland’s past and present. From the Scottish folk hero of our times, expect a vivid and personal account.
Fri 14 Aug 10.30pm & Sat 15 Aug, 9.30pm
Anna Calvi and Heritage Orchestra
No doubt the Jeff Buckley of our times, critically acclaimed Anna Calvi combines her theatrical virtuoso guitar and enchanting voice with the innovative Heritage Orchestra. Mercury nominated albums Anna Calvi and One Breath are just a few of the classics which undergo magical orchestral transformation on a night of mystical music.
Tue 18–Thu 20 Aug, 10.30pm
Magnetic Rose – Oneohtrix Point Never
Experimental composer Oneohtrix Point Never – aka Daniel Lopatin – performs a new live soundtrack in accompaniment to Katsuhiro Otomo’s film Magnetic Rose. Taking you on a musical travel through time to the futuristic world of the electronic orchestra, the Scottish premiere of Magnetic Rose also celebrates an exclusive performance of OPN’s new video-game inspired Bullet Hell Abstraction IV, which is every bit as dangerously exciting as the name suggests.
Sat 22 Aug, 9.30pm
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch needs little introduction. After the genre-defining releases of Time Without Consequence, Towards the Sun and Away We Go, Murdoch is the soundtrack of our generation: enigmatic, instantly recognisable, brilliant.
Thu 27 Aug, 9.30pm
Wave Movements – Richard Reed Parry, Bryce Dessner, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Inspired by ocean sounds, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and Bryce Dessner of The National compose a new piece for string orchestra. Performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra alongisde Hiroshi Sugimoto’s iconic 1980’s seascape photos.
Fri 28 Aug, 9.15pm
Round-Up – Sufjan Stevens, Yarn/Wire
The final performance of The Hub Sessions sees Sufjan Stevens perform a rodeo rendition of Round-Up, an Aaron and Alex Craig film documenting a cinematic portrait of life in the bronco bucking wild west of the USA. With piano and percussion quartet Yarn/Wire performing the score live.
Sat 29 Aug, 10pm
All events are at The Hub, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. The Edinburgh International Festival runs from Fri 7–Mon 31 Aug