12 May 2018
ARQ Jazz Quintet will be visiting the Centre on the 12 May 2018, Saturday, to give variety of instrumental master classes to studnets interetsed in learning jazz improvisation and live performing.
ARQ’s profile has risen rapidly in the past four years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their second album, ‘A Magic Life’. Described by the Guardian as ‘spirited, eloquent and graceful’ and by the Observer as ‘purposeful, full-toned and melodic, a beautifully integrated band’, their music is awash with infectious grooves, lyrical melodies and a music founded in jazz but with folk, rock, classical and world music influences. They have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving national and international radio play and four and five star reviews in jazz and national press. Their recent 35-date ‘Magic Life’ UK tour concluded with a sell-out night at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club.
‘The quintet’s multi-faceted pieces are full of delightful colour and detail –but for all their sophistication remained wholly accessible and unfailingly melodic.” thejazzmann.com
British bassist and composer Alison Rayner’s 2014 debut album, August, was an expected reminder of her warmth and alertness as an ensemble player, but also the unexpected emergence of a vivid new compositional voice. A Magic Life retains the same fine band (Diane McLoughlin on saxophones, Deirdre Cartwright on guitar, Steve Lodder on keys and Buster Birch on drums), and a similarly open and accessible mix of jazz, folk and classical ingredients. Celtic, eastern European, jazz-funk and swing rhythms variously drive the music, with a spirited folk dance shared by soprano saxophone and guitar immediately spurring Lodder’s fluid eloquence and a snaking sax break on the opening title track, Cartwright bursting into rockish guitar distort on the funky, handclapping Mayday, McLoughlin smoky on tenor in the lilting ballad New Day, and exhibiting a gracefully languid old-school swing on the instrument in the emphatic, riffy OK Chorale. A Magic Life may be stylistically diverse, but Rayner’s themes are united by the inviting impression that many could have been written to be sung.
BRASS / WOODWIND
BASS GUITAR / ACOUSTIC GUITAR
2:00 Band arrive to set up
2:30 Introductions and ARQ perform two pieces
3:00 Split in to two performance groups and work on pieces
4:15 Tea break 4:30 Rhythm Section / Frontline master classes
5:15 Regroup to rehearse pieces
7pm THE BYMT ANNUAL LIVE JAZZ EVENING
There will be LIVE JAZZ PERFORMANCES by BYMT bands, the Jazz school, students and staff from BYMT, and will include a mass performance by the newly-formed ensembles from the daily master class
End apps. 9:30pm
Master class participant: £10