We are pleased to present a new commission by Rising Star pianist Rebecca Nash which will be premiered and performed at the festival by her band Atlas, alongside special guest renowned American saxophonist John O Gallagher.
Firmly rooted within the jazz context, ATLAS also cross into other sound-worlds, blending synthprov, driving beats, and improvisation with electronic elements and textural soundscapes.
This new commission, ‘Redefining Element 78’ Suite for Percussion and Electronics’, sponsored by Lois and Ian Thorn, is inspired by Ian’s fascination with drumming, his interest in contemporary jazz, and his wish for a magical birthday celebration featuring live performance.
ATLAS will also be previewing material from their forthcoming album Peaceful King due to be released in spring 2019.
Pianist, bandleader, and composer Rebecca Nash is creating a name for herself in the UK as one of leading musicians of her generation, currently performing with ATLAS, Entropi, Paradox Ensemble, and singer/songwriter Sara Colman. She was also recently selected by Serious to be one of their Take Five Artists.
Rebecca Nash – Piano
Nick Malcolm – Trumpet
Tom Seminar Ford – Guitar
Will Harris – Bass
Matt Fisher – Drums/percussion
John O Gallagher – Saxophone
Sara Colman – Vocals
“ATLAS IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF A BAND WHICH IS BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF INTERESTING AND EXCITING NEW BRITISH JAZZ” (MARY WAKELAM, JAZZLINES, SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM)
Rising Star Commission – The Festival is delighted to host this new commission and hopes that this will inspire others to support the Rising Star Commission in future years. It is a great way to mark a celebration, to support the work of Bristol’s emerging talent and the Bristol Jazz Festival. We invite future sponsors to consider this opportunity to support the work of Bristol’s emerging talent. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.