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Creative Force and Rowland Sutherland Sextet

Creative Force and Rowland Sutherland Sextet

Jazz / Dub / Reggae/World London, UK  UK
Missing You - ©Rowland Sutherland
Missing You - ©Rowland Sutherland
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Moderately Safe - ©Rowland Sutherland
Tribal Warrior - ©Rowland Sutherland
Tribal Warrior - ©Rowland Sutherland
Your Choice - ©Rowland Sutherland
Your Choice - ©Rowland Sutherland
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Skaville - ©Rowland Sutherland


Tribal Warrior by Rowland Sutherland


  • 2014

    Oct 27

    London, UK | 8:00pm

    Rowland’s quartet is a new dynamic group of highly respected musicians merging together to create something that is transcendental, colourful, expansive, otherworldly and deep. Music that is both driven and inventive with the occasional subterraneous excursions. Evocative, worldly explorations of free improvisation, jazz and groove sounds with added inspirations from the Caribbean and India. Ethereal themes converge with hypnotic rhythms, celestial textures, raw shifting ostinatos, psychedelic dub waves, colliding counterpoints and layers of sostenuto. A rich blend of elements from this vibrant quartet that promises music-making that challenges as well as soothes the listener. Tonight's performance will mark the quartets debut concert. Rowland Sutherland is widely regarded as being one of the most versatile flautists in the UK. He can regularly be seen performing with some of the finest jazz bands, improvised music groups, new music ensembles, symphony orchestras, non-Western groups, pop outfits, and as a soloist, throughout Europe and further afield. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Chatelet Les Halles and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. Sutherland is also active as a composer and his recent composition Enlightenment (In the Spirit of A Love Supreme) has received a lot of praise following sold out performances of the work at James Lavelle’s Meltdown 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, where it received standing ovations. Ansuman Biswas has worked as a composer, percussionist and creative artist in a wide range of contexts from jazz to Indian Classical music, pop songs to industrial noise. He has been commissioned by the Sonic Arts Network, the National Theatre, the Royal Ballet, the English National Opera and Guangdong Modern Dance Company in China as well as numerous other ensembles, film makers, theatre and dance companies. He has worked with the BBC, Channel Four, MTV, the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre and with Bjork, Courtney Pine, The Specials, Talvin Singh, Nitin Sawhney, Oasis and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The piano and electronics artist Pat Thomas has performed with Derek Bailey, was a member of the Tony Oxley Quartet, played in Oxley's Angular Apron along with Larry Stabbins, Manfred Schoof and Sirone and played with Lol Coxhill. He plays with Mike Cooper's Continental Drift, a duo with percussionist Mark Sanders and a trio with Steve Beresford and Francine Luce. In 1992 Pat Thomas formed the quartet Scatter with Phil Minton, Roger Turner and Dave Tucker. Pat Thomas has performed with Jim O'Rourke, Mats Gustafsson and Alexander Frangenheim in The Hague, Fred Frith, Shelly Hirsch, Carlos Zingaro in Stuttgart and Evan Parker, Phil Minton, John Russell and Roger Turner in Budapest. Guillaume Viltaud has performed on bass with a wide host of notable improvised music soloists including Sharon Gall, Moshi Honen, Gail Brand, Ute Kanngiesser, Paul Abbott, Tony Marsh, Shabaka Hutchings, John Russell, Phil Minton, Soizic Lebrat, John Butcher, Eddie Prevost and Isabelle Duthoit among many others.

  • 2012

    Jun 21

    London, UK | 7:00pm

    Rowland globally “re-envisions” Coltrane's spiritually charged masterpiece A Love Supreme The World Premiere of a composition I was commissioned to write, called 'Enlightenment' will take place on Thursday 21st June in the wonderfully ornate Chapel at Kings College London, The Strand. The suite is inspired by the seminal, devotional work by John Coltrane, 'A Love Supreme'. The night will be hosted by Chaser Productions under the heading Summer Solstice: Sacred Music, Sacred Spaces: A Love Supreme. It will be performed by a specially assembled 14 piece stellar ensemble of UK performers: Arrangements: Rowland Sutherland Musical Director: Orphy Robinson Musicians: Ansuman Biswas - melodic Indian instruments Mosi Conde – kora Ade Egun Crispin Robinson, Dave Pattman, Oli Savill - bata drums / percussion Juwon Ogunbe voice Nikki Yeoh - piano Orphy Robinson - marimba/ steel pan Neil Charles - double bass Pat Thomas - electronics Rowland Sutherland - flute Richard Spaven - drums Steve Williamson - saxophones Shabaka Hutchins - bass clarinet For further information visit: http://soundandmusic.org/projects/sacred-music-sacred-spaces http://ancienttofuture.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/summer-solstice-sacred-music-sacred-spaces-a-love-supreme/ http://www.facebook.com/events/405534952825180/

  • 2012

    Jun 10

    London, UK | 7:30pm

    A extremely rare opportunity to hear four of the most exciting and sought after musicans in the UK in the beautiful, intimate acoustics of the Forge. Orphy Robinson – tuned percussion Rowland Sutherland – flute Paul Clarvis – percussion Liam Noble – piano “Global Sounds” is a collection of world class artists from all musical backgrounds brought together for a festival at two of the best venues in Camden Town – The Forge and Green Note. The artists taking part hail from all over the Globe – the UK, Colombia, Poland, Gambia, Cuba, Venezuela and the United States of America. The musical scope of their performances will be even wider. Global Sounds is curated by Magnus Mehta. Vibraphone player Orphy Robinson and Flautist Rowland Sutherland are well known for their technical brilliance and creativity on a variety of instruments, and have a well documented history of collaboration. During the mid 80s Orphy and Rowland were key members of The Jazz Warriors – a hugely influential big band initiated by Courtney Pine, whose mission was to celebrate black British musicianship Fellow Warrior Gary Crosby describes the group: “I’ve never felt anything like that energy – raucous, raw …the power and the wildness of the soloing, it was so exciting….. once we got to the meat of the music, there were fireworks… “ The pair have collaborated on projects that include Orphy’s Blue Note recordings and bands such as Annavas, Creative Force, and the Nubian Vibes Ensemble. Both musicians bring a wealth of experience to the stage drawn from their work with many leading artists. Their credits include: Airto, Nigel Kennedy, David Murray, Andy Sheppard, Jazz Jamaica, the London Improvisors Orchestra, Joss Stone, Mica Paris, the Gnawa Musicians of Morrocco, Olodum, The Philharmonia, Jean Toussaint and Frank Wess. Percussionist Paul Clarvis and pianist Liam Noble are highly regarded for both their solo output and for their work with artists such as Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, Nina Simone, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Beckett and many others. Through his “Village Life” label, Paul has recorded countless albums with many of the greatest musicians in the UK, and he is renown as a session musician, having played on hundreds of movie scores such as Stars Wars, and the Bourne Ultimatum. Liam is one of the world’s most sophisticated pianists having achieved notoriety through his releases on Basho records. Dave Brubeck heralded that Liam’s “Brubeck” recording was “an inspiration and a challenge for me to carry on in the avenues you have opened” Liam talks about his duo with Paul: “Paul and I met playing with American composer Moondog. We devised a duo to play a medley of West Side Story music, but eventually abandoned that project and started to interpret a variety of songs from both the jazz and popular music worlds….the music we play is a free improvisation on these songs with an emphasis on space and melody…” In 2006 the pair recorded at Abbey Road studios. “Starry Starry Night” – a tribute to Clarvis’ father – was the result, described by the Guardian as: “exquisite and casually joyous music making between consummate improvisers” Performance details: Doors open at 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm The Forge can accept only cash on the door

  • 2012

    Mar 29

    London, LDN, UK | 7:30pm

    Rowland Sutherland Sextet Melodious and evocative jazz explorations of experiences in the UK, the Caribbean and Latin America emanate from this new expressive sextet led by celebrated flautist Rowland Sutherland. Having drawn inspirations from artists such as Ernest Ranglin, Rico, Monty Alexander and Airto Moreira in the late 1980s, the sextet have been taking Caribbean Nu Jazz, Brazilian and Latin jazz to new dimensions. Imaginative, expressive compositions exude from the band, all performed with enormous amounts of passion and verve. Rowland Sutherland – Flute (George Benson, Flora Purim) Harry Brown – Trombone (Skatalites, Roy Ayers) Nick Ramm – Keyboard (Cinematic Orchestra, Bembe Segue) Phil Dawson – Guitar (Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela) Dave O’Brien – Bass (Brian Abraham’s District 6, F-ire Collective) Rod Youngs – Drums (Horace Andy, Gil Scott-Heron) Performance Details: Doors open 7:30pm Music begins at 8pm Loyalty card holders – this event does apply to our loyalty card scheme It is NOT possible to dine during this event The Forge can accept only cash on the door

  • 2012

    Feb 9

    London, LDN, UK | 7:30pm

    Dúos means ‘two’ in Sardinian language, representing Campus and Serci’s origin that has inspired them to explore Mediterranean atmospheres fused with jazz, theatrical moments and free improvisations with Campus’ long time collaborators and ex Jazz Warriors Orphy Robinson and Rowland Sutherland. The second set is the world premiere by Filomena Campus and Cleveland Watkiss with their new Vocal Duo. The project started in 2009 during a concert at the London Riverside Studios and now it has developed into a challenging and engaging vocal performance by two internationally renowned vocalists and improvisers.


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