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A Living Tribute to Peter King: Peter King With The Global Arts Ensemble

Pizza Express London
21:00, 18 June 2011

10 Dean Street Soho London W1D 3RW
0845 6027 017
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Peter King, Alto Saxophone
Mike Gorman, Piano
Jeremy Brown, Bass
Stephen Keogh, Drums
Darragh Morgan, Violin
Nicky Sweeney, Violin
Claire Sterling, Viola
Robin Michael, Cello

A Celebration of Peter King

Four nights (15 - 18 June) dedicated to one of the UK's greatest living musicians and one of the finest saxophone players in the world.

Peter is also a prolific composer and arranger, working in both the jazz and classical fields. During these 4 days at the Pizza Express the audience will have a rare opportunity to see several different sides of his work complete with string quartet and special guests.
Peter King is the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today” (Dave Gelly, 'The Giants Of Jazz', Aurum Press)

Janus - This work commissioned by the BBC, for Jazz Quartet and String Quartet, is a bold and innovative work which combines both the Jazz and Classical forms. This piece was last performed at the South Bank as part of London Jazz Festival in 1997 and was received with great critical acclaim. It has since been released on a CD.  Read Peter's account of composing Janus (taken from his autobiography, Flying High) from its commissioning by the BBC through to its tour of performances in Britain and Spain.

Peter King with the
Global Arts Ensemble

"The affinity between Bartok's visceral, folk dance-inspired music and the steaming sweat of first-generation bop is a close one, and the concert produced some extraordinary playing by King and his band (most notably pianist Gordon Beck and drummer Stephen Keogh). Like his mentor, King's with-strings soloing makes no concessions to the classical tradition, but the Bartokian architecture and harmonies stimulate him to play with unflagging fire and invention." Chris May All About Jazz

A Living Tribute to Peter King: Peter King With The Global Arts Ensemble