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Ocean Eddie | James Arben & Shirley Smart
Sunday, 29 January 2023
£10.50 (£5.50 students)
Stan Maris (accordion)
Andreas Bral (piano & harmonium)
Viktor Perdieus (saxophones)
Shirley Smart (cello)
James Arben (saxophone)
When circular currents coexist within larger ocean movements, they are sometimes referred to as eddies. Equal bodies competing for limited space and impact.
The overlapping functions and timbres of this line-up evoke a similar phenomenon. Usually every player can play every part, which leads to improvisations in which orchestration is central. Modular compositions and pieces that start from a central motif are the starting points. From here, the redistribution of impulse, sound and silence begins again and again. This creates an interaction that can be both playful, tireless and slightly competitive.
Their debut album was released in September 2022 by El Negocito Records.
Shirley Smart & James Arben
James and Shirley met whilst working with Ethiopian vibes master Mulatu Astatke, and quickly discovered a shared interest in the possibilities of free improvisation that drew on their common interests and aesthetic, as well as musical dialogue and interaction in a free setting. They'll be performing in the lovely Barn at St John's College.
Shirley is recognised as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists – being equally at home and well versed in jazz and Middle Eastern music, as well as classical music. She has worked with many leading jazz and world music groups, including Antonio Forcione, Mulato Astatke, Gilad Atzmon, Neil Cowley, Julian Ferraretto, Robert Mitchell, and Alice Zawadski. James is a multi-instrumentalist and a versatile creative musician. He's performed with a vast array of artists, including Alexander Hawkins, Seb Rochford, producer Tony Visconti, St Etienne, Robert Plant, and The Hackney Colliery Band.
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