British Saxophonist Iain Ballamy and Norwegian accordionist Stian Carstensen's innate sense of melody and wry humour produces exquisitely beguiling and memorable chamber music, 5 - 7 February.
IAIN BALLAMY AND STIAN CARSTENSEN
The Little Radio
Sound Recordings SOUNDCD1005
Out 2nd February 2004
Iain Ballamy – saxophones, Stian Carstensen – accordion
This new release on Sound Recordings captures the magical partnership between British saxophonist Iain Ballamy and Norwegian accordion player Stian Carstensen. Following their first release, Pepper Street Interludes on Feral, Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen have been brought together for an album of duos.
The resonance of button accordion and tenor saxophone is a rare, rich and beautiful sonority. In the hands of these two musicians it is a combination capable of a great range of moods and textures, at times showing great dexterity and alternately a full and rich resonance, seemingly far larger than the sum of its parts.
Iain and Stian’s duo performances are highly memorable experiences and have captivated audiences throughout Northern Europe. Combining thoughtful arrangements and lyrical melodies with a large dose of wit, their playing is both wonderfully intimate and thoroughly entertaining. They display a rare sensitivity and awareness of each other, creating a graceful interplay between the two instruments.
Amongst a few originals and several standards are the reworking of some surprising choices like Teddy Bear’s Picnic, in which their mischievous interpretations are complimented by the sound created by saxophone and accordion. Even some unlikely tunes like Saving All My Love manage to lose their saccharine overtones with a wry twist of Ballamy humour.
Iain Ballamy is one of most highly regarded saxophonists in Britain. Through his Anglo-Norwegian band Food and his partnerships with the most creative British and European musicians, he has made his mark as one of Europe’s most distinctive and innovative musicians.
Stian Carstensen is Norway’s most talented accordionist and is fast becoming a major name on the Europe jazz scene. His incredible jazz/ Balkan band Farmer’s Market performed a UK tour in 2000, which brought his phenomenal talents to the British public’s attention.
5th February – Album launch. PizzaExpress Dean Street 020 7439 8722
6th February – Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge 01223 362550
7th February – South Hill Park, Bracknell 01344 484123
‘A matchless blend of wit and warmth’ Mojo