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Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival with Trio HLK
17 March at 13:00FROM £19.35
This unique collaboration concert sees pioneering Scottish ensemble Trio HLK team up with the world’s premier solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. HLK’s music heavily deconstructs and reconstructs jazz standards, creating intricate new pieces with complex frameworks for improvisation. Their pieces are strewn with rhythmic and harmonic tricks, and their performances deliver an explosive interactive tour de force that distorts the meeting point of the composed and the improvised.
This is the first date on the tour of their debut album, which features Evelyn Glennie and Steve Lehman.
“One of the grooviest, hippest young bands in the city…rhythmically and melodically a great combination of subtlety and strength” -Kevin Le Gendre
Trio HLK is the union of three distinct, forward thinking musical personalities.
Drum virtuoso Richard Kass is a powerful, polyrhythmic engine whose multi-limbic facility affords him a wealth of textures and multiple layers of expression; he executes rhythms at more than one tempo simultaneously, which often draws comparison to electronica and computer generated music.
Guitarist Ant Law plays a bespoke extended range electric guitar with 8 strings and a variety of effects; a wealth of influences from jazz, heavy metal and elsewhere shine through in his playing.
Classical pianist and composer Rich Harrold was immersed in contemporary classical music from a young age; his approach encompasses recomposition and decomposition as much as pure composition itself. His harmonic realm is the border between tonality and atonality, and there is a strong sense of rhythmic and melodic development throughout his writing.
A belief in the high art of improvisation and intrigue with the infinite art and science of rhythm is what brings H, L and K together.
Evelyn Glennie – vibraphone/marimba
Ant Law – 8-string guitar
Richard Harrold – piano/keyboards
Richard Kass – drums/percussion