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Guy Barker

Sunday 2nd December 8pm
Bonington Theatre
Tickets - £12.00
£10 concs/£5 students/children

The Amadeus Project - Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra


Trumpets: Guy Barker, Nathan Bray, Tom Rees Roberts, Byron Wallen
Trombones: Barnaby Dickinson, Alistair White
Bass Trombone: Mark Frost
Alto Sax: Rosario Giuliani
Tenor Sax: Graham Blevins
Tenor Sax/Contra Bass Clarinet: Per "Texas" Johannson
Baritone Sax: Phil Todd
Piano/Hammond: Jim Watson or Gwlym Simcock
Bass: Phil Donkin
Drums: Ralph Salmins

2006 celebrated the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. To commemorate this landmark year, Guy Barker was asked to compose original music for BBC Radio 3 and the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, California. Both commissions will be performed as part of The Amadeus Project.

The concert begins with the San Diego commission, The Amadeus Suite, a set of pieces inspired by characters from Mozart's operas. The music was originally written for a 9-piece US band that included pianist/composer Roger Kellaway and alto sax player Rosario Giuliani. For the UK tour Barker has extended and rearranged the music to suit the Jazz Orchestra. The music was described as "witty, wacky, sexy, swinging and thoroughly enjoyable". Sandiego.com

The second half of the concert is dZf, a 75-minute suite written for the 14-piece Jazz Orchestra and a narrator. It tells a revamped and modernised version of the story of The Magic Flute, Mozart's final opera (Die Zauberflöte). Barker invited his friend, crime writer Rob Ryan, to take the original story and transform it into a dark, 'Jazz Noir' tale. The music reflects the script Ryan produced and intertwines with the narration.

"The magic is certainly present in Barker's magnificent composition, and this is just the beginning for dZF". Sholto Byrnes, The Independent

Press update - The Amadeus Project

Dave Gelly mentioned the tour in his review of the album in yesterday's Observer (see below review).
We are expecting a review of The Amadeus Project in The Times (The Knowledge) on 1 December.
Jazzwise, Jazz UK and Jazz Review December/January issues (out today) will all include reviews of the album as well as tour dates. Guy is the cover artist of Jazzwise which includes a five page feature. John Fordham has also written a short piece about The Amadeus Project for Jazz UK. The BBC Music Magazine review in the January issue (out in a couple of weeks) should also include a photo of Guy. Preview pieces for the Ronnie Scott's gig have been confirmed in The Guardian Guide (1 December) and Time Out (28 Nov - 4 Dec) and should also include photos. The gig may also be listed in The Independent (The Information) on 1 December and The Times (The Knowledge).
Please let me know about any preview pieces in your area and whether you expect to have any concert reviews.

Guy and Rob will be guests on BBC Radio 3 Night Waves on Tuesday 27 November (21.45-22.30hrs) to discuss not only The Amadeus Project CD and tour but also Kenneth Branagh's new version of the opera The Magic Flute. Rob appeared on its sister programme The Verb and talked about his involvement in creating 'dZf' a few weeks ago. Michael will be Judi Spiers' guest on BBC Radio Devon at 10.30hrs on Wednesday 28 November.
BBC Radio 4 Front Row will be reviewing the album on Friday 30 November (19.15-19.45hrs).
'The Amadeus Suite' will be recorded on 3 December for BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up and broadcast on 29 December.

Michael will appearing on the ITV 1 show - Loose Women that will be broadcast Wednesday 28 November (12.30-13.30hrs).


GQ December issue
100 Best Things in the World - No 5 - Mozart on Sax.
"The highlight of the London Jazz Festival, Guy Barker's musician offering transports Mozart to the raw, soulful streets of Harlem. Barker re-imagines The Magic Flute - the villainous Queen of the Night has become a brothel madam; Tamino a junkie musician and the magic instrument in question is now a trumpet.

The Observer - Sunday 25 November
"Not content with being probably the greatest trumpet virtuoso that British Jazz has ever produced, Guy Barker has grown into a quite phenomenal composer." Dave Gelly

The Guardian - Friday 16 November
Film & Music - Five Five to Hear and The F&M Playlist
"Only tangentially related to Mozart, this is fire-breathing big-band jazz with film-noir leanings from the star UK trumpeter." John Fordham

The Telegraph - Saturday 10 November
Review - Arts
"...Barker's stylish writing for large ensemble and his delightfully limpid trumpet-playing rise to the challenge." Martin Gayford

The Guardian - Friday 9 November
Film & Music (4 star review)
"...Barker's trumpet blazes over all the music, and the writing is consistently terrific." John Fordham

Evening Standard - Friday 9 November
Arts (4 star review)
"The results are consistently impressive and occasionally brilliant." Jack Massarik

The Scotsman - 2 November
Arts (3 star review)
"Barker has long been established as Britain's leading jazz trumpet player, but this two-CD release is also a showcase for his compositional talents." Kenny Mathieson

Financial Times - Saturday 3 November
Life & Arts - Critics' Choice (4 star review)
"Top-ranking UK trumpeter Guy Barker shows off his writing skills on this double CD of Mozart-inspired orchestral jazz." Mike Hobart

Vortex Jazz - November
"Rich, satisfying music enthusiastically but flawlessly played by a whip-smart ensemble, The Amadeus Project is at once immediately enjoyable and subtly rewarding, revealing new felicities each time it is experienced. Recommended." Chris Parker

The Independent on Sunday - Sunday 28 October
The Critics ('Good' review)
"The connections might be abstract, but that doesn't mean the music doesn't work as an exemplar of what contemporary big-band jazz can be." Nick Coleman
Review not listed online (28 October)

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