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Violinist is set to be part of a glass act

28 August, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Violin virtuoso Thomas Gould will perform at Kings Place on September 5. PHOTO: AGA TOMASZEK

MULTI-TALENTED Thomas Gould is set to play in two jazz concerts that will open the autumn season of music-making at the Kings Place arts venue at the beginning of next month.

On Wednesday, September 5, the violin virtuoso from Mornington Crescent will be one of a group of artists playing items from a new album, Hourglass, by genre-busting Austrian composer Johannes Berauer.

Other musicians playing in the concert include pianist Gwilym Simcock and guitarist Mike Walker.

“To me, the hourglass stands for an island in time,” said Berauer.

“When it’s running, time freezes for a little while, until the last grain of sand has slipped through. This creates a space of no distraction, a personal space, a refuge in our otherwise overly hectic times. And this space is the nourishing ground for the creative mind, for the musician and listener alike.

“In that sense, music is like an hourglass, offering the opportunity to dive into such a space and give way to one’s inner experience.

“All you need is to let go, all you need is the willingness to open up to your own inner narrative.

“So, set the hourglass and enjoy!”

Secondly, on Friday, September 21, Gould is playing in his Gould Standard series, featuring pianist-composer Alex Curtis’s Sonic Brew combo.

Again, the stellar line-up band are playing items from Curtis’s forthcoming album, Patterns, Habits and Changes.

To be enjoyed are heavy grooves and plenty of exciting interaction between Curtis on piano, Gould on violin, vocalist Daisy Chute, Kevin Glasgow on bass and James Murray on drums.

Other jazz gigs coming up at Kings Place over the autumn include:

Saturday, September 29: Engines Orchestra Festival.

Wednesday, October 3: Saxophonist-composer Tom Barford album launch.

Friday, Octrober 5: Polish pianist-composer Leszek Mozdzer.

Saturday, October 6: Dahkla Brass album launch.

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