Live Music and Buffet Supper – Rob Hall & Chick Lyall in a concert of new music
Wednesday 17th August, 8pm, 3 hours including buffet, foyer event, live music, age 12+
We will be serving a summer evening buffet meal in the foyer (with seating restriced to 40 people) from 8pm onwards but you can turn up any time until Rob and Chick give a first short set starting around 9.15pm. There will be a fairly long interval for dessert, coffee and chat followed by a second longer set.
It is difficult to place this music and give it a label. Both musicians are classically trained but also have had considerable success in the jazz world. Rob plays sopranino, soprano and tenor saxophones and clarinet. Chick plays paino, harpsichord and electronics.
The work which they have developed together over recent years steps far outside what would normally be called jazz – they work without bass and drums – they play in and out of strict tempo – there are scored parts and improvised sections. One can hear many influences in the work and yet it feels completely original. It manages to be strangely familiar and totally surprising at the same time.
"Blythe Spirt" is the suite they planned to record at Lyth this past winter but bad weather put paid to their travel plans on two occasions forcing them to give up. This evening will see the music being brought back to what was to have been its birth place. They are performing it in Edinburgh in July and then in Italy. Come with an open mind and hear music played by two of the most virtuoso players and imaginative composers working in Scotland today.
"Saxophonist Rob Hall and pianist Chick Lyall merge classical, jazz and Celtic flavours to create work of depth and imagination" Musician Magazine
"Both players approach the music with real clarity or purpose and execution playing off each other in creative fashion" The Scotsman (**** CD review)
"The duo knocked the music back and forth like a couple of champion table tennis players and they never missed the ball. It was a delight to watch and listen to" Sound Scotland Festival review