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Acoustic Triangle

21 October @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Acoustic Triangle

At Firth Hall, 7.30-10 pm

Malcolm Creese: bass
Gwilym Simcock: piano
Tim Garland: saxophones and bass clarinet

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A long awaited performance from this award-winning trio, part of a delayed tour to celebrated its twentieth year in 2020. These extraordinary virtuoso musicians present a unique blend of melodic jazz, classical and folk styles as they move effortlessly between the different genres with an emphasis on melody, spontaneous improvisation and thrilling interaction between the players. The trio’s repertoire includes compositions written by Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock, breathtaking improvisations and tasteful arrangements of pieces by Maurice Ravel, Kenny Wheeler, Bill Evans and Cole Porter that will surprise and delight. “Adventurous, eclectic, frequently breathtaking… three undisputed masters of the game.”  – The Guardian

The three members of Acoustic Triangle are equally at home in classical music and jazz and their work seeks to blur the perceived boundaries between these genres. Individually their careers have taken them all over the globe – with musicians such as Mark Anthony Turnage, John Williams, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Pat Metheny, Cleo Laine, Lee Konitz and Sting. Together they have become one of the most original and respected British ensembles, having recorded four albums and performed in major concert venues and festivals all over the world – always without amplification. The group is widely acknowledged for its ground-breaking site-specific work, particularly in sacred buildings, and has performed in most of Britain’s ancient Cathedrals.

Acoustic Triangle’s music contains a wide variety of influences – from ancient themes and folk styles through impressionism and the jazz era to the avant-garde. Emphasis is put on melody, extended structured composition, spontaneous improvisation and thrilling interaction between the players. Much of the group’s repertoire is specially composed by Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock, but it also includes music by Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Bill Evans, Olivier Messiaen and Maurice Ravel. Since its inception in 2000, Acoustic Triangle has undertaken a number of special collaborative projects involving Gerard Presencer, Kenny Wheeler, Liane Carroll, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, the Sacconi String Quartet, Carolyn Sampson, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Choir of Westminster Abbey and the King’s Singers.

“A trio of world-class virtuosi…exquisitely passionate and inspired” – BBC Music Magazine

“Exultant, lyrical, mellow and frequently dazzling” – The Guardian

Malcolm Creese is one of Europe’s most admired double bass players – combining concert performances at the highest level with extensive film, television and recording work. At fifteen he won a scholarship to London’s Guildhall School of Music, where he studied cello before switching to double bass in his mid-twenties. Malcolm has toured and recorded with many of the world’s top orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Hallé, English Chamber, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has worked with leading soloists such as James Galway, John Williams, Simon Keenlyside and Carolyn Sampson as well as the Allegri, Heath and Sacconi String Quartets.

A highly-respected player in jazz circles, Malcolm toured the world with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth for many years, and also with Stan Tracey. He has appeared with George Shearing, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Harold Land, Tal Farlow, George Benson, Junior Mance, Mel Tormé, Kenny Wheeler, Antonio Forcione, John Etheridge, Mose Allison, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Sting.

In 2000 Malcolm formed his ground-breaking trio Acoustic Triangle. This group has gained an enviable reputation for its innovative performances all around the world and in 2008 Acoustic Triangle, enlarged by six additional string players including the Sacconi Quartet, completed a triumphant tour of England’s great cathedrals and abbeys. Malcolm has lectured on music and arts in sacred buildings at the Royal Academy of Music, The Dana Centre, Stirling University and Glasgow University. He is an experienced record producer, tour manager and music writer, and is Artistic Director of the Swaledale Festival in Yorkshire.

Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music with wide ranging influences from jazz legends Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny to clasical composers including Maurice Ravel, Henri Dutilleux, Bela Bartok and Mark Anthony Turnage. A winner of numerous awards Gwilym graduated from the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music where he is now Professor of Jazz Piano.

Gwilym has performed with orchestras, choirs, big bands, dancers and musicians from the classical, jazz, folk and rock traditions and has touried extensively throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, the Far East and Australia. While he has become renowned for his solo performances, Gwilym has a number of duo projects and a longstanding trio with Yuri Goloubev and Asaf Sirkis. He also co-leads with British guitar legend Mike Walker, the Anglo-American Supergroup ‘The Impossible Gentlemen’, past winners of Best Band at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, along with, Steve Rodby and Adam Nussbaum. He has toured with jazz artists including Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Bob Mintzer and Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny and Linda Oh and with classical virtuoso Nigel Kennedy.

Gwilym was the first BBC New Generation Artist from a jazz background. His debut album was nominated for best album in the BBC Jazz Awards and his critically acclaimed album “Good Days at Schloss Elmau” was one of the shortlisted albums of the year for the 2011 Mercury Prize. He has frequently appeared on British television and radio and mentored and accompanied the finalists at the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year awards. Gwilym has also written music that has appeared on television and on stage, most recently composing the music for an adaptation of Edward Albee’s classic ‘A Delicate Balance’ at the Almeida theatre in London.

Gwilym’s an original. A creative genius” – Chick Corea

“Gwilym is one of the most exceptional musicians that I have ever known …he’s a really significant force in music” – Pat Metheny

Tim Garland’s first break as a saxophonist was joining Ronnie Scotts band age 23. Later he 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 world’s 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 “Focus”, the Getz/Sauter project of 1962, 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.

As a band leader and co-leader he is responsible for the much of the output of the group 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). In 2016 he won CD of the Year 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

 “There is no one who can more convincingly unite the jazz and European classical music idioms” – The Observer

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Ticket Prices

Full – £17
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £15
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free

For now we are continuing to restrict numbers and use reserved seating. So we encourage you to book seats online in advance, to secure the seat you want and avoid missing out and to make life easier and safer for our Door Team.  It will be possible to pay for entry at the door (preferably by contactless payment) if seats are available.

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21 October
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Firth Hall
Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN + Google Map
0114 222 0000