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Friday 6 November. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £13, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY

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Yuri Goloubev’s “Two Chevrons Apart” Quartet ft. Tim Garland

Yuri Goloubev: bass; Tim Garland: sax; John Turville: piano; Asaf Sirkis: drums

 An all-star international quartet. Moscow-born bassist and composer Yuri Goloubev made the transition between an acclaimed classical music career and successful jazz performance with unusual fluidity and authority. He describes ‘Two Chevrons Apart’ as a unit who play in an exploratory way, giving ample room for each player to express themselves. Their sound has a strong emphasis on melodic lines, underpinned by complex harmony and interplay between the musicians. Expect music that balances easy accessibility with inventive harmonic concepts.

A Moscow Conservatory graduate (1995), Yuri Goloubev had been serving as Principal Bass of the famed Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra directed by Yuri Bashmet for nearly 13 years when in 2004 he decided to move to Milan and dedicate himself entirely to his jazz career. This switch from performing at the world’s most important classical venue for many years with the likes of Rostropovich and Richter, Galway and Quasthoff and recording for EMI and SONY Classical (including a Grammy nominated album), to reaching the same top level in jazz music made Yuri Goloubev a true rarity and exception in the music world.

A multi-award winner Yuri has participated as leader, co-leader or sideman in well over 100 albums to date, released by SONY, EMI, ACT, Universal, Basho and many more. One of the most interesting and sought-after jazz double bassists in Europe, Yuri Goloubev has toured nearly 60 countries across continents appearing at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Barbican Centre in London, Sydney Opera House, Berlin Philharmonie, Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris and festivals as Montreux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, London Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz, Festival of Perth, Jazzahead, Boheme Jazz – to name just a few. His collaborations include various household names – Bob James, Till Brönner, Kenny Werner, Ralph Towner, Billy Kilson, Julian Arguelles, Norma Winstone, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Pieranunzi, Gwilym Simcock, Pablo Held, Tim Garland, Rosario Giuliani, Rick Margitza and others. “Yuri’s voice is so distinctive; what he does with his instrument is a unique thing.” – Gwilym Simcock

Yuri is joined here by long-time collaborators Tim Garland and Asaf Sirkis while John Turville has played less with Goloubev previously but has a long relationship with the other two. Garland and Turville also studied classical music and all four musicians are band leaders and composers in their own right. With ‘Two Chevrons Apart’ Yuri says he set out to write music for a soprano saxophone quartet with a strong emphasis on melodic lines, underpinned by complex harmony and interplay between the musicians, with his own solos seeking “to emulate the phrasing of a hypothetical wind instrument or piano”. The album has received wide critical acclaim.

The improvising is terrific, and Goloubev’s precision and drive irresistable.”-John Fordham, Jazzwise

“…most satisfying recording to date, and goes a long way towards elevating him to the ranks of jazz’s premier bass improvisers. It also states the case most persuasively, for Goloubev as a modern composer and leader of note. Highly recommended.”Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

 “The CD cover features a solo photo of Goloubev, gazing diagonally upwards at the light, like a hero of the Soviet Union in a Serge Eisenstein film. It’s a great picture but it doesn’t quite capture the spirit of this album which is a fine piece of democratic playing by an ensemble of four acknowledged masters of their art. These players are all in their prime and there is a sense that they are ready to and willing to take jazz forward to new places over the next decade or three.”…Peter Bacon


Tim Garland

Throughout an international career starting in the late 1980’s Tim Garland has become known as a unique polymath in the UK’s music scene. His first break as saxophonist was joining Ronnie Scotts band age 23. Later joined Chick Corea as a regular member of several globe-trotting projects over a seventeen year period, including The Vigil. Playing tenor and soprano saxes, bass clarinet and flute, he also won a Grammy for his symphonic orchestrations on Corea’s ‘The New Crystal Silence’ album from 2007.

Tim has fulfilled commissions from several of the worlds top orchestras, including  a double concerto from the LSO, a piano concerto for Gwilym Simcock from  The Royal Northern Sinfonia, with whom he went on to record three CDs, a cello and sax concerto from the CBSO, and a sax concerto from the BBC Concert Orchestra. His concert works continue to celebrate the fertile ground between modern composition and jazz. In 2016 he premiered  ‘Re:Focus’  (a re-imagining of the Getz /Sauter project of 1962 ‘Focus’) to a full house at London’s Wigmore Hall, and also his ‘Luca’s Winter’, a 100 minute work for big band, orchestra and narrator at Manchester’s Royal Northern College Of Music where he held an international post as research fellow. As a band leader and co-leader he is responsible for the much of the output of the groups; Lammas, The Underground Orchestra, Storms / Nocturnes (feat. Joe Locke and Geoffrey Keezer) , Acoustic Triangle, the last few years of Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, and Lighthouse, (feat; Gwilym Simcock and Asaf Sirkis). He has won awards and won CD of the year in 2016 from Jazzwise for his album ONE.

“Few world-class jazz improvisers are comparably imaginative composers, but the British reeds player Tim Garland is that rarity.” – The Guardian

John Turville

John Turville is one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation, and has won multiple awards for his two trio albums including Best Album in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2011. He also won Best Instrumentalist in the 2010 London Jazz Awards and the 2009 PRS Promoter’s Choice Award. He has toured and recorded throughout Europe and the Middle East with many renowned jazz and tango groups, including the Dave Binney/Julian Arguelles quintet, Tim Garland, the Tony Kofi/Alan Barnes Quintet, Karios 4tet, Asaf Sirkis Trio, Gilad Atzmon, Transtango and the London Tango Orchestra,

John runs the tango quintet Almagro Ensemble, the E17 Large Ensemble and co-leads Solstice, featuring Brigitte Beraha and Tori Freestone. He is also an experienced composer and arranger for strings, voices, jazz and tango ensembles, and an experienced educator. John is the principal jazz piano tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Purcell School and has coached and adjudicated ensembles at the Guildhall and Trinity College. 2019 saw the unveiling of ‘HeadFirst’, the debut release by John’s own Quintet on Whilewind Recordings, featuring world-renowned saxophonist Julian Arguelles.

“One of the leading pianists in the UK”The Jazz Mann

Asaf Sirkis

Born in Israel, Asaf started his professional career as a drummer in the late 80’s and played with some of Israel’s Jazz luminaries such at Harold Rubin and Alber Beger. A few years after the recording of his first solo album ‘One Step Closer’ Asaf relocated to the Netherlands, France and finally settled in London around 1999 where he soon became one of the most active Jazz drummers around. During that time Asaf became a founder member of Gilad Atzmon’s ‘Orient House Ensemble’ and started his long time collaborations with renown saxophonist Tim Garland and pianist Gwilym Simcock. Asaf has been leading his own bands and projects such as ‘Asaf Sirkis & the Inner Noise’ – a band of an unusual line up of church organ, guitar and drum as well as the Asaf Sirkis Trio.

He has recorded over 100 albums as a sideman, collaborator and as a leader. Asaf has played with many renowned jazz and world music artists such as Dave Holland, Jacob Collier, Tim Garland, Gwilym Simcock, Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin, John Abercrombie, Bob Sheppard, Wilco Johnson, Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Natacha Atlas, Dave Liebman, David Binney, Gary Husband, John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard.

“Sirkis is not only an inventive drummer but also a composer of rigour, wit and surprising delicacy” – Chris Ingham, Mojo Magazine

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