We are starting 2018 in the Swiss Cottage with a unique experience:
Duets for Pedal Steel Guitar and Cello with BJ Cole and Emily Burridge
Two world class musicians (see below) performing in a unique combination of instruments
They normally perform in much larger concert halls but BJ Cole checked out the Swiss Cottage on his recent visit to Winchester and decided that it would be the perfect environment for his latest project.
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Early in his musical career, BJ helped to found the British psychedelic band Cochise (1969) and wrote and recorded his seminal experimental album ‘The New Hovering Dog’ (United Artists 1973). He went on to carve out a formidable reputation as a session musician, recording with many of the great names in popular music, such as Elton John, Steve Marriott, Marc Bolan, Joan Armatrading, Jimmy Webb, Scott Walker, Gerry Rafferty, David Sylvian, Beck, Bjork and many others.
In recent years such recording activities have led to BJ playing on tour dates with The Verve, REM and Sting.
A brilliant improviser, cellist Emily has been in continuous demand as a session musician and has played a prominent role on songs by a wide variety of artists, including George Michael, Alison Moyet, The Stereophonics, Jools Holland, Roger Daltry, Steve Naive and Gianna Nannini- with whom she has toured extensively, culminating in a guest appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. On music for TV and film, she has been featured ‘cellist on soundtracks by Hans Zimmer and recently Gary Tarne?s new film “The Prophet”.
DUETS FOR PEDAL STEEL GUITAR AND CELLO
When BJ Cole and Emily Burridge perform together they produce a dynamic energy created out of their complimentary musical perspectives. Emily, the classically trained virtuoso ‘cellist with a talent for improvisation honed to spontaneous perfection by the demands of top flight session work. … and BJ, whose session CV confirms his conviction that the pedal steel guitar is long overdue for a re-evaluation as an orchestral instrument that demands a sophisticated repertoire.
“The unique combination of Emily?s ?cello and BJ?s Pedal Steel Guitar create orchestral sounds in a new and refreshing context; weaving around one another
in a sinuous dance of infectious sound and rhythm”. In working together these two have created an eclectic repertoire for their concert programme including a classical/jazz interpretation of Henry Purcell’s Dido, “Appalachian Spring” by Aarron Copeland, “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy. A highly original arrangement of the five piano Gnossiennes by Eric Satie, “The Gnossienne Suite” seamlessly tying the Gnossiennes together by using thesepieces to provide a window through which they enter a world of intuitive improvisation and sonic adventure. They have established a strong reputation with their unique musical interpretations and
have performed at a number of Festivals including The Aldeburgh Festival, Glastonbury Festival,The Wirral International Guitar Festival, Birkenhead, The Lewes Guitar Festival, East Sussex and The Rochefort En Accordes Festival, France, Hal’s international guitar festival in Croatia and Wymondham Festival.