Classics and jazz combined last night in a happy fusion of styles and personalities as two top trios met for a master class in musicianship.
Pianist Mike Nock, a Festival of Colour regular, set the tone with a short set of confident jazz, cutting loose with some striking solos from bassist Brett Hirst and drummer James Waples, and picking up on the escalating energy of the appreciative audience.
There was no loss of traction when Nock handed over to the classical NZTrio for the second set, as they launched strongly into Kenji Bunch’s exciting and intense Groove Boxes, more beat box than Beethoven but just as thrilling. They followed with Claire Cowan’s captivating Subtle Dances, which included a beautifully rendered cool blues piece.
The two trios melded for the last set, playing Nock’s recent Vicissitudes, mixing styles and making magic. It was a match made in musical heaven, gradually building an engulfing wave of sound culminating in a sonic tsunami.
Nigel Zega – Otago Daily Times, 23 April 2015