This unique collaboration concert sees pioneering Scottish ensemble Trio HLK team up with the world’s premier solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. HLK’s music heavily deconstructs and reconstructs jazz standards, creating intricate new pieces with complex frameworks for improvisation. Their pieces are strewn with rhythmic and harmonic tricks, and their performances deliver an explosive interactive tour de force that distorts the meeting point of the composed and the improvised.
This is the first date on the tour of their debut album, which features Evelyn Glennie and Steve Lehman.
“One of the grooviest, hippest young bands in the city…rhythmically and melodically a great combination of subtlety and strength” -Kevin Le Gendre
Trio HLK is the union of three distinct, forward thinking musical personalities.
Drum virtuoso Richard Kass is a powerful, polyrhythmic engine whose multi-limbic facility affords him a wealth of textures and multiple layers of expression; he executes rhythms at more than one tempo simultaneously, which often draws comparison to electronica and computer generated music.
Guitarist Ant Law plays a bespoke extended range electric guitar with 8 strings and a variety of effects; a wealth of influences from jazz, heavy metal and elsewhere shine through in his playing.
Classical pianist and composer Rich Harrold was immersed in contemporary classical music from a young age; his approach encompasses recomposition and decomposition as much as pure composition itself. His harmonic realm is the border between tonality and atonality, and there is a strong sense of rhythmic and melodic development throughout his writing.
A belief in the high art of improvisation and intrigue with the infinite art and science of rhythm is what brings H, L and K together.
Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. She fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She had the honour of a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. With over 90 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour, Evelyn is also a leading commissioner of new works for solo percussion, with more than 200 pieces to her name from many of the world’s most eminent composers.
Evelyn Glennie with Trio HLK
Evelyn Glennie – vibraphone/marimba
Ant Law – 8-string guitar
Richard Harrold – piano/keyboards
Richard Kass – drums/percussion