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Little Radio at Goldmark Gallery

Published: 25 Oct 12, 11:36am  |  Author: DG Music

We're excited to announce the return of Little Radio to the Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, on 27th January 2013. Having first played at the gallery over 5 years ago, Little Radio were a resounding success and we can't wait to see them again, for what promises to be a fantastic evening of live music.

The duo consists of Iain Ballamy on tenor saxophone and Stian Carstensen on button accordion.

The resonance of button accordion and tenor saxophone is a rare, rich and beautiful sonority. In the hands of these two musicians it is a combination capable of a great range of moods and textures, at times showing great dexterity and alternately a full and rich resonance seemingly far larger than the sum of its parts.

Their repertoire ranges widely from Chopin to Whitney Houston via Eric Satie and Kurt Weil, incorporating classic songs, jazz standards, original works, tangos and even children’s songs to make a rich and diverse program in a new and imaginative setting.

Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland
Sunday 27th January
Doors Open at 7.30pm
Tickets: £25*

*To book your tickets Click Here. There are only 60 available so get yours early!

Stian Carstensen, (b.Norway 1971)

Stian plays accordion, a traditional Bulgarian flute called the Kaval, bagpipes, guitar, violin, mandolin and banjo. He’s an eclectic musician having studied Bulgarian polyphony in Bulgaria and American Afro-Celtic music in the Appalachians. At the age of 9 when began playing and learning from his father he was quickly recognised as a child prodigy and became a regular on Norwegian TV, radio and at festivals. He’s also toured America playing classical music. At the same time he developed an interest in swing, performing standards with his father playing bass.

At the age of 15 in a fit of teenage angst, Stian threw away his accordion and began to play electric guitar in a rock band. Fortunately this brief spell bored him considerably and his interest in jazz re-emerged. He went on to study jazz at Trondheim conservatory forming his now legendary group called “Farmers Market”

Stian is currently learning pedal steel guitar has recently been prosecuted under Norwegian law for the unique traffic offence of playing the violin whilst driving.

Iain Ballamy (b.Guildford 1964)

Saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy, is recognised internationally as an original, uncompromising and forward-thinking musician.

His work is eclectic, contemporary and un-encumbered by formality and tradition as is clearly evident in his recent writing commissions for Arve Henriksen and the London Sinfonietta, The Henri Oguike Dance Company and the soundtrack for ‘Mirrormask’ the highly acclaimed movie directed by Dave McKean for the Jim Henson Company.

For more than a decade Ballamy has forged strong and ongoing musical relationships with musicians around the globe, especially in the Scandinavian countries where he continues to work with many of the cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary Jazz scene. The group named ‘Food’ which he co-formed with drummer, composer and electronics wizard Thomas Stronen has signed to ECM records for their seventh release.

Ballamy leads his own quartet ‘Anorak’ featuring Gareth Williams, Steve Watts and Martin France.

April 2013 will see the ECM release and a tour of ‘Quercus’ a unique trio featuring Ballamy with pianist Huw Warren and the legendary folk singer June Tabor.

He is a specialist tutor at The Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Ballamy enjoys metal detecting (in what little spare time he has) and being a caring individual, he counsels the jazz fraternity through his Jazz UK magazine shrink column ‘In the saxophonists chair’.

Little Radio

Little Radio have created a unique, rich and beautiful sound that propels familiar material into an unfamiliar soundscape – creating an exciting, and diverse program. 

The evening promises to be a wonderful example of what happens when you bring together two exceptionally creative and talented musicians. This is a gig not be missed!

Click Here to Book Your Tickets!

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