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Gilad Atzmon, Terence Collie Duo on Thursday 14th February 2019
Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments. His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” Atzmon tours extensively around the world. His albums, of which he has recorded fifteenth albums to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.
As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys. In 2014 he recorded with Pink Floyd and is featured on their last album The Endless River (Anisina).
In 2000 Gilad founded the Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of his emerging ethical awareness. The Ensemble includes Chris Higginbottomon Drums, Yaron Stavi on Bass and Frank Harrison on piano & electronics.
Over the years Gilad Atzmon's music has moved increasingly toward a cultural hybrid. As a bandleader and reed player he has been amazing his listeners with his powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, sometimes ironical manner. Influenced by Coltrane’s powerful approach on the sax, Gilad's live performances are simply breathtaking and overwhelming.
Gilad's work is highly praised by the musical press. Here are just a few quotes:
'Atzmon's fluid lyricism is in full flow on songbook classics and worldly originals. But as sweet romance morphs to modernist uncertainty, the bittersweet balance and rich emotional palette equally impress.' Financial Times ***** March 2009
“A formidable improvisational array...a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height...” The Guardian
“The best musician living in the world today” Robert Wyatt
'Gilad Atzmon, the expat Israeli saxophonist/clarinetist, combines thrilling jazz musicianship with a maverick political intelligence'
The Guardian ****
'Like the best of albums' Jazzwise **** March 2009
'Atzmon always manages to tell a story' Uncut **** March 2009
'One of the finest alto players around, Gilad pays his respects to Bird ...It's striking how similar Gilad's sweet, open-throated sound is to Parker's, but as you'd expect from the fiery philosopher-turned-Blockhead, this is no tribute album.'
BBC Music Magazine March 2009
Terence Collie has developed enormous respect as a jazz pianist able to cross all styles while retaining a strong personal identity. He is currently running and playing at many successful jazz nights in south west London featuring top line jazz artists as well as performing regularly at some of the best jazz venues in the South of England.
Music Genres: Acoustic, Jazz
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