Tom Cawley brings Curios trio to Lichfield
Apr 16 2010 By Peter Bacon
Piano trios are like buses on a really lucky day – they just seem to keep on coming. One of the most notable on the UK scene of the past few years is Curios, the band led by pianist Tom Cawley.
There is a new CD, The Other Place, now in the shops, and you will be able to hear how it sounds live on Sunday at the Guildhall in Lichfield.
The Other Place certainly feels like a really strong development of the band’s sound, and that’s taking into account how strong it was before.
The rapport between pianist Cawley, bassist Sam Burgess and drummer Joshua Blackmore is clearly so much deeper after countless gigs together, and the technological trickery Cawley uses – a loop device – is incorporated with great subtlety.
Cawley is a hugely versatile musician, first coming to our attention as musical director for Gwyneth Herbert and also as the keyboard player in the punk-jazz outfit Acoustic Ladyland. Even now, when he has a new recording to promote around the intimate jazz clubs and other homely venues in the UK, he is having to fit them in around vast stadium gigs all around the world as part of the Peter Gabriel band.
You can hear Curios and Tom Cawley, courtesy of Lichfield Arts, at 8pm on Sunday, tickets are £13, £12 concessions, £11 for Lichfield Arts members and £6 for students. Booking online and more information at www.lichfieldarts.org.uk
Piano and vibes is not a common duo combination in jazz, though it was the instrumental line-up of the celebrated Gary Burton/Chick Corea albums and tours.
Pianist Jef Neve and vibes player Pascal Schumacher bring a very different sound to the combination but an equally fascinating one. They are at Symphony Hall foyer bar between 5.30pm and 7pm on Friday, and entrance is free.
The pair – from Belgium and Luxembourg respectively – bring strong classical backgrounds to their playing, and their music straddles jazz, minimalism and chamber music. They also share an interest in film music, though their delicate moods, shifting sometimes gently, sometimes abruptly, create evocative images in the mind. There is also some Bach in there, too!
This is a Birmingham Jazz/Symphony Hall presentation which is also part of a European Concert Halls Organisation tour, which has taken them to Cologne, Vienna, Amsterdam, Athens and other major European cities.
Stratford Jazz has the home team playing on Sunday evening as the Jucamaya Quintet takes to the stage of The Chapel at No.1 Shakespeare Street. The band is led by pianist and composer Graham Dent and includes Ian Hill on saxophone, Richard Baker on trombone, Tom Bull on bass and Steve Laffy on drums.
Entry is £6 on the door and it starts at 8pm.Find out more at www.stratfordjazz.org.uk
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