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Peter King and the Global Arts Ensemble + Jim Mullen & Jean Toussaint Quintet – Jazz and Classical

Kings Place, London
20:00, 07 April 2012

90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
+44 (0)207 5201490
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9.50 - 24.50

Peter King, Alto Saxophone
Bruce Barth, Piano
Jeremy Brown, Bass
Stephen Keogh, Drums
Darragh Morgan, Violin
Nicky Sweeny, Violin
Gustav Clarkson, Viola
Robin Michael, Cello
Jean Toussaint / Jim Mullen Quintet,
Jean Toussaint, Saxophones
Jim Mullen, Guitar
Barry Green, Piano
Arnie Somogyi, Bass
Eddie Hick, Drums

A double bill comprised of some of the very finest jazz and classical artists in Europe today, and featuring a performance of Janus by Peter King; a suite written for string quartet and jazz quartet, hailed by many as the best work of its kind ever written.

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



Peter King and the Global Arts Ensemble + Jim Mullen & Jean Toussaint Quintet – Jazz and Classical