“Rattigan is also a composer with a canny approach when itcomes to combining the sounds of various instruments.”
- The Observer
"A haunting, romantic, often softly swinging collection of ten songlike pieces."
- John Fordham,
PHOTO: CARL HYDE
Sunday, September 24th, 2023
Jim Rattigan: When
"Rather pleasingly, he has aligned himself to the nimble pianisms and clever incursions of pianist Iles, supported by Janisch and Maddren, their efforts bolstered by the impeccable playing of the Tear Quartet."
+ Syrian Kitchen
Our second contribution to this year's Roman River Festival is Jim Rattigan, widely recognised as a pioneer of the jazz French horn, and his latest release, When, combines elements of classical and jazz.
Jim has performed with many renowned artists from the jazz and pop worlds, including Michael Brecker, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Paul McCartney, George Michael and Adele.
Jim has recorded with all the London symphony orchestras, including soundtracks for the James Bond and Lord of the Rings series, and he was a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 1995.
After leaving the RHO, Jim started playing jazz full time with musicians such as pianist Hans Koller, eventually forming his own quartet with Koller, bassist Dave Whitford and drummer Gene Calderazzo.
Working with musicians such as Percy Pursglove and Robbie Robson in various Mike Gibbs ensembles inspired Jim to form his own 12-piece, Pavillon, and has released two critically acclaimed albums - Strong Tea and The Freedom of Movement.
Having had a career in classical music and now playing jazz, Jim decided he would write some music that would combine the two genres. “This isn't crossover music but a juxtaposition - the two styles working side by side. I worked with Julian Tear for many years in the Academy of St Martin's-in-the-Fields chamber orchestra and asked him to record the music with his quartet."
The majority of the 10 original compositions on the album were actually written five? years ago. “They seemed a little sad and reflective at the time, so I put them in a folder and forgot about them,” says Jim. “The irony is that the title When could be applied to the times that we’ve been living in.”
Jim Rattigan (French Horn), Nikki Iles (Piano), Michael Janisch (Double Bass), James Maddren (Drums), + Tear Quartet: Julian Tear (Violin), Alison Gordon (Violin), Nic Barr (Viola), Nic Cooper (Cello).
PHOTO: CARL HYDE
Tickets: £16 / £14 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fees)
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm