Pianist, organist, composer, arranger
Blue Grooves for Cello and Piano or Cello and Organ or Viola and Piano
Blue Grooves was composed in December 2013 and is in some ways a ‘Jazz’ Sonata, strongly influenced by jazz harmony, rhythm and melody. Funk it up is a sonata form movement with strong funk rhythms and harmony, and a driving momentum. Ladylove is full of romantic and nostalgic feeling, with melodies that recall nightclub songs. It develops into a passionate solo outburst and breakdown, before regaining confidence. Easy does it is a cheerful and nonchalant jazz swing number, with improvisatory ‘breaks’ and big band interruptions, ending in joyful virtuosity. Throughout the work, the two players imitates all manner of jazz sounds: sliding trombone, piercing clarinet, walking double bass and strumming guitar.
Premiered January 2014
Duration: 17 mins
Listen to a performance of the work (viola and piano version) here:
2 - Ladylove (7’27”)