Rowland Sutherland Quartet w/ Ansuman Biswas, Pat Thomas and Guillaume Viltard 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.Tickets Save
Flautist Rowland Sutherland enjoys playing in many different fields of music. He regularly performs in new music ensembles, jazz groups, symphony orchestras, improv groups, various non-Western groups, pop outfits and as a soloist.
Many of Rowland’s solo contemporary flute performances have been ...See Full Bio
“The first piece was entitled “Tsuru-no-Sugomori”, a traditional Japanese tune (translation “Nesting of Cranes”) arranged for Western flute by the Dutch composer/flautist Wil Offermans. It bears a dedication to the late shakuhachi master Katsuya Yokoyama, this particular arrangement deriving from the version that Yokoyama used to play. The second piece was “Honami” (“Wind blowing over the rice fields-creating waves”) written by Offermans for the Western flute but influenced by the shakuhachi. Sutherland created wonderful soundscapes through the amazing flexibility of his lips, tongue, throat and fingers. His flute fluttered and we sometimes heard octaves and chords. He proved that, if Kurahachi and Yokoyama are Eastern masters, then he is the Western equivalent.”