Olivier Le Goas & “Reciprocity” feat. John Escreet and Nir [email protected] Arts – Thursday 9th June 7pm £16/14

Olivier le Goas

Olivier Le Goas & Reciprocity feat. John Escreet and Nir Felder

A very special concert by an all-star international band led by French drummer Olivier Le Goas and featuring a rare UK appearance by Yorkshire born pianist John Escreet.

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French drummer and bandleader Olivier Le Goas with a group of top New York-based musicians, showcasing the cascading piano playing of John Escreet, one of the most innovative musicians and composers working in jazz and improvised music, alongside rising star American guitarist Nir Felder, whose warm tone and fluid lines are a key component of their sound and in-demand New York bassist Chris Tordini. The group has been compared to Pat Metheny’s Unity Group and Olivier readily acknowledges the Metheny influence in the band’s music.

“… Le Goas has a distinctive, full-of-surprises, off-kilter drumming style, one that enhances and punctuates with exclamation points the lubricious flow of this unfailingly engaging music.”– AllAboutJazz.com

A graduate of the Agostini Drums School Paris, drummer Olivier Le Goas is also an accomplished composer. He has released six albums as a leader and has recorded with among others, Kenny Wheeler, John Abrecrombie, Ralph Alessi, Grew Gress and Larry Grenadier. His 2016’s album ‘Reciprocity’ earned a 4.5 star review from Downbeat for its “Great writing, superb execution and inspired soloing make this one highly recommend”. Olivier’s 2020 album, ‘On Ramp of Heaven Dreams,’ was inspired by the Pat Metheny album ‘Off Ramp’ while the composition, “Light Size Dreams” is a reference to Metheny’s debut album ‘Bright Size Life’. Their sound has a clean, sharp-edged fusion atmosphere which is rhythmically and harmonically adventurous, with guitarist Nir Felder’s expansive, glowing sustain, pianist John Escreet’s eloquence and Le Goas’ irrepressible presence behind the kit.

A skilled drummer with a strong command of polyrhythms and complex meters, Olivier Le Goas is also an accomplished composer with a gift for pleasing harmonies and memorable melodies. The veteran French bandleader showcased his abundant gifts on 2016’s acclaimed Reciprocity, which was hailed in a 4-1/2 star Downbeat review as “an appealing sound that has one foot in chamber-like formalism while also exploring heightened realms of improvisation.”

Le Goas’ stakes out agreeable and dynamic musical territory; the kind that was favorably compared to the Pat Metheny Unity Group on his last outing. Returning from Reciprocity is rising star American guitarist Nir Felder, whose warm tone and fluid lines are a key component here alongside John Escreet’s cascading piano work, Larry Grenadier’s resounding bass lines and Le Goas’ irrepressible presence behind the kit. Together they navigate the twisting terrain of the drummer-bandleader’s fully-realized compositions with sensitivity and aplomb, with a couple of knowing winks to Metheny along the way.

…’ Le Goas’ most dynamic, consummately crafted and rewarding offering to date’… an outstanding offering from a talent truly deserving of wider recognition’ – Bill Milkowski, Downbeat review of ‘On Ramp of Heaven Dreams’

Pianist John Escreet has released eight diverse and critically acclaimed albums – the most recent being his 2018 release Learn To Live – a wide-ranging program of electronic and acoustic music. His music is often described as eclectic and John continues to forge ahead with multiple projects ranging from his Trio, to his Quintet (The John Escreet Project), to collaborative work, the most recent with free-jazz icon Evan Parker, as well as his recent forays into writing extended works for strings. John is also a much sought after sideman. In recent years he has been mostly associated with the Grammy award-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez Over the years, he has worked with other international artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, David, Wayne Krantz, Eric Harland  and Greg Osby. In 2015 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

“Escreet …embraces aspects of contemporary classical music, Frank Zappa, dance music, electronica and a wide swath of jazz, from bop to avant-garde. What comes out is uniquely personal – some of the most inventive and distinct jazz around today.” – New York City Jazz Record

“Transatlantic Jazz Genius”  – Time Out

Guitarist Nir Felder, a rising guitar star, moved to New York after graduating from the Berklee School of Music in Boston where he was awarded the Jimi Hendrix Award. He soon became one of the most sought-after musicians in the city. Dubbed a “whiz kid” by The New York Times and “the next big jazz guitarist” by National Public Radio, he was heard with the likes of Greg Osby, Esperanza Spalding Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Erykah Badu, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack DeJohnette, John Mayer, Chaka Khan and Dave Matthews Band. In 2010, he formed his own quartet and in 2014 released ‘Golden Age’, which was praised as “mesmerizing” (Boston Globe), “lofty and lyrical” (The New York Times) and as an Editor’s Pick, a “great record” (DownBeat). His ambitious second album, II, was released in 2020.

Bassist Chris Tordini is an in-demand bassist on the New York City music scene. A graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Chris has played and recorded in bands led by artists such as Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt and Ari Hoening and is also a collaborator in projects led by drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey and trombonist/composer Michael Dessen. Recently Tordini has performed and recorded with prominent bandleaders such as Chris Speed, John Hollenbeck, Steve Lehman and Tigran Hamasyan.

Olivier Le Goas (drums), John Escreet (piano), Nir Felder (guitar) and Chris Tordini (bass).

Thursday 9th June @Seven Arts 7pm £16 full price, £14 concessions, £8 for 25s and under, and under 16s come along free.