As part of A Celebration of Keith Tippett, St. George’s Bristol presents a session in two parts featuring two sets of musicians closely associated with the late musician – Matthew Bourne & Glen Leach, and Julie Tippetts and Maggie Nichols.
Matthew Bourne – piano, keyboards
Glen Leach – piano, keyboards
A pianistic tribute to the maestro by two path-finding musicians inspired by his remarkable and unique solo improvisations. Matthew Bourne was a long-standing admirer of Keith Tippett’s work – in fact he is quoted as saying that “Keith Tippett is the reason I play piano the way I do”. In 2019 he teamed up with Keith to perform a series of duos, which would prove to be Keith’s last performance project. A recording of that duo project is in the pipeline. – Aeolian will be released as a double CD set on Discus Music, and containing both studio and concert performances of this project. The recordings will be available to buy at the celebration weekend.
Julie Tippetts – voice
Maggie Nicols – voice
Julie and Maggie, close friends since the days of Centipede, were also vocalists in the Tapestry Orchestra. As a duo they recorded the album Sweet and S’Ours and performed many times in duo as well as in trio with “our pianist, Keith.”
With a reputation as a fearlessly unpredictable pianist and composer, Matthew Bourne is a passionate explorer of sound. He first came to national attention as one of the winners of the Perrier Jazz Awards in 2001 with numerous other awards to follow. Renowned for his intensely personal and sometimes confrontational solo work, Bourne’s uncanny ability to balance delicacy and virtuosity, while establishing a close affinity with his audience, have become hallmarks of his concert performances. Bourne’s first solo studio album, Montauk Variations (The Sunday Times’ Leftfield Album of the Year in 2012), marked an important musical turning point in his career and the beginning of a new creative direction. Pieces from Montauk Variations have appeared on compilations by Bonobo and Needwant. Very much in demand as a collaborator and co-conspirator, Bourne has his fingerprints on a huge number of projects, having worked with artists as diverse as John Zorn, Annette Peacock, Nils Frahm, Nostalgia 77, Broadway Project and Amon Tobin.
With a nod to the pioneering work of Annette Peacock and Paul Bley, Bourne has turned his considerable talents to the world of analogue synthesisers. moogmemory is the first album to be recorded using only the Lintronics Advanced Memorymoog.
Part of A Celebration of Keith Tippett
Bristol Beacon and St George’s Bristol, driven by individuals from his life, present a special weekend of music celebrating the inimitable musician Keith Tippett. This two-day event explores much of his incredible body of work, from small intimate duos to his penchant for large scale ensembles. It features many of the incredible musicians who were part of his life.