Saturday, March 26, 2016

Gwilym Simcock: Delta Saxophone Quartet - Crimson! (2016)

The new work Crimson unites Gwilym Simcock, one of the UK's most imaginative jazz composers with the Delta Saxophone Quartet, one of Europe's most distinguished new music ensembles.

Following Delta's most recent première Run Riot by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Crimson continues this 30 year legacy of excitement, innovation and excellence.

The quartet has worked closely with many leading composers having commissioned works from Gavin Bryars, Steve Martland, Joe Duddell, Hugh Hopper, Mike Westbrook, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Michael Finnissy to name a few. The quartet has always looked to extend the range/repertoire and possibilities of what a quartet of saxophones can present, combining a variety of musical genres and styles with a dynamic and informative presentation.

Musical accolades are no stranger for Gwilym Simcock too, being a winner of the Perrier Award, BBC Jazz Awards 2005 and British Jazz Awards 2005. Gwilym was also the first BBC Radio 3 New Generation jazz Artist. His performances with Bill Bruford's Earthworks gives Gwilym the inside-edge and knowledge, which adds a real gravitas to this exciting project.

The quartet is delighted that Gwilym has accepted their invitation, as part of its 30th anniversary season, to compose this new work Crimson, (supported by PRSF), which combines the skills and tastes of music which will certainly sit somewhat beyond the shores of classical, jazz and rock.

Gwilym Simcock - p
Graeme Blevins - ss
Pete Whyman - as
Tim Holmes - ts
Chris Caldwell - bars

1. A Kind of Red (Gwilym Simcock) (8.52)
2. VROOOM/Coda: Marine 475 (music by King Crimson) from THRAK 1995 (6.17)
3. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) from Starless And Bible Black, 1974 (8.43)
4. Dinosaur (music by King Crimson, words by Adrian Belew) from THRAK 1995 (10.59)
5. Two Hands (music by King Crimson, words Adrian Belew) from Beat, 1982 (4.37)
6. The Great Deceiver (Wetton Fripp, Palmer-James) from Starless And Bible Black, 1974 (4.48)


Crimson! - Delta Sax Quartet with Gwilym Simcock from Basho Music on Vimeo.