Music Network Presents Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen’s The Little Radio on Saturday 1st February, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford at 8pm.
Meet the Odd Couple: Iain Ballamy’s big-hearted Ben Webster-ish tenor saxophone, and the restless yet lush accordion playing of Stian Carstensen. It’s an unlikely pairing yes, but critics and audiences alike have been utterly seduced by the wonderful interplay between the two instruments and the jaw-dropping virtuosity of two players at the top of their game.
Engagingly humorous, their playful choice of melodies and the charm of their arrangements have proved irresistible to listeners. Join in the fun: in previous tours, the duo have taken special requests via social media in the run up to concerts.
A former member of the pioneering British big band Loose Tubes, Ballamy has worked with many of the leading musicians on the European jazz scene as well as composing film works for Arve Henriksen, the London Sinfonietta and the Henri Oguike Dance Company.
Best known for his work with the band Farmer’s Market, Stian Carstensen also plays bagpipes, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and a traditional Bulgarian flute called the Kaval. He recently became the first person in Norway to be prosecuted for playing the violin whilst driving…
“Rarely have a jazz-improvising duo sounded so together… Delicious.” – The Guardian
“This may be the accordion’s most distinguished moment in jazz to date.” – The Telegraph
Bookings: 051 855038/ http://www.garterlane.ie Start time: 8:00pm – Tickets: €15 / €12