‘"His intelligent soloing is consistently impressive, and
his voicings bring
an intriguing range of colour and texture."
– The Scotsman
"Spellbindingly virtuosic . . . scene-stealing."
– Financial Times
Sunday, April 12th
Lewis Wright & Kit Downes
Both award-winning, internationally recognised musicians in their own right, vibraphonist Lewis Wright and pianist Kit Downes are regarded by critics as one of the most virtuosic and original duos in recent years.
While Gary Burton and Chick Corea’s classic Crystal Silence album can draw comparison, with their 2018 Duets debut CD, these two precociously talented young musicians have reached a degree of instrumental mastery and ventured beyond.
The vibes/piano sound is both intimate and cool, and from exhilarating up-tempo improvising to lyrical ballads, this duo explores a landscape of music that blurs the boundaries between the scored and the improvised.
A composer influenced by artists such as Chick Corea, Steve Swallow, Gary Burton and Mike Gibbs, Lewis knows how to write tunes that are both launch pad and docking station for improvisation, and has a true composer’s sense of when less is more.
A recipient of various awards, including Ensemble of the Year in the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards with Empirical (with whom he has composed and recorded four albums and two EPs), Lewis was also awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians prize in 2011.
Lewis has performed internationally at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, and has been a featured soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra.
ECM recording artist Kit was nominated for a 2010 Mercury Music Prize, plus a BBC Jazz Award and a British Jazz Award, for his own albums, and tours with his groups ENEMY and Troyka.
In 2013 and 2015 Kit was nominated in the Rising Star category in Downbeat magazine, and in 2014 won the Best Album Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
Lewis Wright (Vibraphone), Kit Downes (Piano).
"A complete success." –
"Downes' command of melody, texture, colour and nuance draws you totally into his sound world." -
"Downes marks himself as a valuable and promising improvising musician, regardless of genre or style."
- Pop Matters
Tickets £14 / £12 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fee)
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm