Dear Friends, I wish to announce that my work for ensemble, 'Soulistic' written for and commissioned by CoMA (contemporary music for all), will receive its London Premiere on Tuesday 12th November 2013 at St Dunstan's Church, Stepney High Street, London E1 0NR at 8pm. The concert will also feature London Premieres by Dominic Murcott and Noah Meites, and will include pieces by Tim Whitehead, Laura Bowler, Gabriel Jackson, Laurence Crane and Tatjana Kozlova. For more info visit:
If you are in the South East England area and are free, please do attend. It should be a warming occasion! Take care, Rowland
Dear all, I wish to let you know that I have uploaded some videos into the video player. Two improvisation videos of a concert given earlier this year at the remarkable St George's Bloomsbury Church, London. A duo with myself and the remarkable Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale. And... A trio with the amazing pianist Robert Mitchell added, I hope you'll enjoy them. Best wishes, Rowland
I wanted to share this with you. You can read Andy Thomas' account of the premiere of my composition Enlightenment (In the Spirit of A Love Supreme by John Coltrane) by following this link:
Composition and arrangement was written for the Sacred Music, Sacred Spaces concert, a re-envisioning of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme held at The Chapel, Kings College London, on 21.6.12, the Summer Solstice.
Here is an excerpt:
…"there have been surprisingly few attempts to really explore and experiment with Coltrane's inspired vision in its totality. Tonight's performance is to be one of the first to really attempt that...
…But perhaps the biggest inspiration was the live recording of A Love Supreme at the Antibes Jazz Festival in 1965. This was certainly one path that Rowland Sutherland was exploring when he first imagined how the group should approach this daunting task.
...And as the first powerful wave of the full ensemble rises up to disturb the calm of this most peaceful setting, the respect for Coltrane's original work is clearly matched by the same kind of inquisitive search he pursued...
…newly composed parts from Sutherland combine with the original themes to stunning effect."
- Andy Thomas, The Quietus (Jun 26, 2012)
The night truly felt like a momentous occasion. Best wishes, Rowland
A wonderful Jazzwise Magazine review of the premiere of my composition 'Enlightenment (In the Spirit of A Love Supreme by John Coltrane)' for the Sacred Music, Sacred Spaces, A Love Supreme night on 21.6.12 given in The Chapel, Kings College London. Review written by Jon Newey.
It was performed by a special 14 piece ensemble of top jazz and non-Western instrument performers and MD'd by Orphy Robinson. Curator of the event, Paul Bradshaw of Chaser Productions. Musical composition and arrangements: Rowland Sutherland Musical Director: Orphy Robinson
Musicians: Ansuman Biswas - melodic Indian instruments waterfon and tablas, Crispin Robinson, Dave Patman, Oli Savill - bata drums, Juwon Ogunbe - voice, Mosi Conde - kora, Neil Charles - double bass, Nikki Yeoh - piano, Orphy Robinson - marimba / steel pan, Pat Thomas - electronics, Rowland Sutherland - flutes, Richard Spaven - drums, Steve Williamson - tenor saxophone, Shabaka Hutchins - bass clarinet
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 Nevill - 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
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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: Date 29/3/12 Doors open 7:30pm Music begins at 8pm Loyalty card holders – this event does apply to The Forge’s loyalty card scheme It is NOT possible to dine during this event The Forge can accept only cash on the door
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