Arun Ghosh Quartet with BwD Big Band (directed by: P J Rigby)
Saturday 21 October 2017 From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £12.50 / £7 U18s | Book now: from The Grand's website
Promoted by The Grand and supported by Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues.
Arun Ghosh, clarinettist, composer and educator, is a leading light on UK and international jazz scenes. He captivates audiences with dynamic performances and a charismatic rock 'n' roll spirit.
He returns to The Grand to celebrate the October release of his new double album, “Sheer”, and so will features tunes from the album. Following brilliant Artist-in-Residency festival performances in 2016 Arun is reunited with P J Rigby and his BwD Big Band whose collaboration was the highlight of the Festival.
Ghosh's compositions combine South Asian raags (scales) and taals (rhythms), with the musical inspirations of his British-Asian upbringing; jazz, rock, hip-hop and dance cultures. His musical identity, infused with the sound and spirit of the blues, the bauls and the breakbeats, is at once both epoch-defying and truly global, and he has taken his sound and style around the world, performing IndoJazz concerts and delivering masterclasses from New York to China, Ukraine, Morocco, Kenya, Kuwait and across Europe.
Revealing an 'indie-kid' Northern musical upbringing, the new material marks Ghosh's move away from his trademark Indo Jazz sound towards more song-like structures and psychedelic textures. Alice Coltrane meets The Doors, Spiritualized and The Velvet Underground. Propelled by a hard driving rhythm section, and supported by the multi-layered guitar of Shirley Tetteh, Ghosh's celebrated lyricism, melodic outpourings and freewheeling improvisations become passionate and intensely emotional 'songs without words'.
Described by the late Pandit Ravi Shankar as a 'natural born improviser', Ghosh is a renowned innovator of the modern IndoJazz style. He has released three critically acclaimed albums on camoci records: Northern Namaste (2008), Primal Odyssey (2011), and A South Asian Suite (2013), a personal musical homage to both his beloved North of England and the Indian Subcontinent.
BwD Big Band directed by P J Rigby. (Apparently not to be confused with the "Blackburn with Darwen Big Band" as in The Grand brochure!)
Line-up: Arun Ghosh - clarinet; Chris Williams - alto saxophone; Dave Walsh - drums; Shirley Tetteh - guitar; Liran Donin - bass.
"Uproarious and irresistible" Daily Telegraph.
"Life-affirming music that transcends cultural barriers" Manchester Evening News.
"An upfront mix of South Asian melodies and western street-groove" The Guardian.
"Extraordinary charisma and musicianship and a consistently riveting compositional skill" Jazzwise.