Perfect Stranger

Perfect Stranger

6th July 2022

Is it Fusion? Is it Prog? Is it Third Stream? Is it even Jazz? It's hard to play, that's for sure - and it’s exciting!

The style ranges from fusion/prog with complex changes of meter, through a reworking of Beethoven and a slow jazz waltz to a 'perverted Turkish dance'.

PERFECT STRANGER, a stellar 10-piece band, will play music written by Chris Sansom in 1974 (mostly) for his original band, which included, among others, Chris Biscoe, Dick Pearce, Paul Nieman and the late, legendary Pete Jacobsen. Now, Chris is joined by Adam Bishop and Mick Foster (saxes/flutes/bass clarinet), Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet/flugelhorn), Paul Taylor (trombone), Alcyona Mick (keyboards), Rob Millett (percussion), Eddy White (guitars), Dave Manington (bass) and Tristan Mailliot (drums).

Chris Sansom studied music at King's College London in the early 1970s and has had a number of works performed over the years, some broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Performers of his music have included the Arditti String Quartet, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and the two Swedish giants of the classical brass world, Håkan Hardenberger and Christian Lindberg. In 1989, Hardenberger and Lindberg performed Chris's major work Invisible Cities for trumpet, trombone and orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic, also on Radio 3.

'... landscapes in which the ear can wander ...' - Paul Griffiths, The Times
'... rarely short of ear-catching ideas ... new realm of beauty ...' - David Fanning, The Independent).

Tickets £8 / £7 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm, starts 8pm.
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