Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet
Fri 27 January, 8pm
£10; pre-show dining & ticket £18.50
Next week, in a tour of some of the country’s finest jazz clubs and venues, Asaf Sirkis and his international quartet will visit the Maltings’ Cellar Bar to showcase their fresh, new collaboration of contemporary, soulful jazz music.
Born in Israel, Asaf Sirkis developed his love of music and rhythm amongst the diverse cultural influences he found in Rehovot, the town where he spent his teenage years. From starting drum lessons at the age of twelve, Asaf’s passion for the instrument grew and he has now played alongside some of Israel’s jazz and world music luminaries such as Harold Rubin and Albert Beger. In October 1998 Asaf left Israel to Europe and eventually settled in London in April 1999. He soon become part of the UK Jazz and world music scene, working alongside artists such as Adel Salameh, a Palestinian aud player/composer, and Gilad Atzmon, with who he formed The Orient House Ensemble.
Since 2014, Asaf has been co-leading the Sirkis/Bialas IQ together with Polish composer/singer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas (with Frank Harrison on keyboards & Kevin Glasgow on bass). Their debut album ‘Come To Me’ received rave reviews and was selected as one of the best of 2015 by Mark Sullivan at the All About Jazz website.
With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between.
Their concert here promises to be an atmospheric and moving event. Expect soulful melodies, atmospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electro-acoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used sounds. Make it into a proper night out by selecting the delicious pre-show dining option of pie and mash to eat beforehand in our Riverside Cafe.
For more information on the Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet and to book tickets, please visit the webpage.