Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra)

  • Tuesday | 24.01.12
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  •  £9 do...

Featuring full band and string quartet, this very special concert sees The Cinematic Orchestra‘s guitarist Stuart McCallum bring his refreshingly original alt-jazz sound to Band on the Wall.

From jazz beginnings to DJ culture, Stuart McCallum’s music is ‘alternative jazz’ – a distillation of influences, creating a sound that is concentrated and distinctive. Not wanting to hide behind over complicated harmonic and rhythmical structures, angular and forgettable melodies, Stuart’s music is a new hybrid of composition, production and performance. It embraces simple, memorable melodies, bass lines and drum beats, with electronica and improvisation enriched by elegant orchestral writing.

Stuart McCallum joined the Cinematic Orchestra in 2004 and has performed and contributed to the writing of the band’s critically acclaimed albums, Ma Fleur and Live At The Royal Albert Hall. In addition, he has contributed to the award winning Disney nature documentary soundtrack, The Crimson Wing, the remix of Radiohead’s Exit Music For A Film and many other projects.

Distilled, Stuart’s third solo album is the culmination of Stuart’s guitar playing, production and composition experience to date. The sonic palette of instruments and electronics used is a development from his 2 previous solo albums Echo Architect and Stuart McCallum. Stuart’s guitar playing is the main feature of the music – the vocalist in the instrumental lineup. His interest in exploring different sounds from both electric and acoustic guitars is apparent in the music, from the innovative use of delays and filters, to hitting the guitars with hands and drumsticks. The guitar plays alongside electronic and acoustic drums, double bass, keyboards, synths, percussion, harp, celeste, strings, woodwinds and horns.  Stuart has also performed and recorded with some of the most prominent jazz artists of today, including John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs, Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland, Laurent Robin and Laurent De Wilde.

This event will begin at 8pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open 5.30pm for delicious food and drinks.

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