Vicissitudes in the Festival of Colour

FULL REVIEW:

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 Bunchโ€™s exciting and intense Groove Boxes, more beat box than Beethoven but just as thrilling. They followed with Claire Cowanโ€™s captivating Subtle Dances, which included a beautifully rendered cool blues piece.

The two trios melded for the last set, playing Nockโ€™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

Sign up for E-news

Latest from Insta

1 month ago
  • 37
  • 0
1 month ago
  • 71
  • 3
1 month ago
  • 68
  • 4
1 month ago
  • 79
  • 3
2 months ago
  • 86
  • 0
2 months ago
  • 86
  • 2

Latest from Facebook

NZTrio
NZTrio14 hours ago
Looking forward to bringing you Dramatic Skies #2: Cumulus โ€“ a wonderful set of works to delve into! Click through for all the details and to book, or visit 'What's On' at nztrio.com #Grieg #Schifrin #McLeod #Taylor #Smetana - https://mailchi.mp/8fdb8e4b6ef0/nztrio-cumulus1-all-5622552
rfwbs-sliderfwbs-sliderfwbs-slide
X