Happy 70th Birthday to John Surman from all of us at Serious and the EFG London Jazz Festival.

We are looking forward to the Surman at Seventy residency at this year’s festival.

Friday 14 November 2014
EFG London Jazz Festival - Surman at Seventy residency
John Surman + Trans4mation Strings + Chris Laurence + Genevieve Lacey

LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)

Surman’s writing for the combination of a terrifically talented string quartet, the richly resonant double bass of Chris Laurence and his own solo improvisations represents a supremely personal approach to chamber music.  In a history stretching back over 15 years, their recordings and performances have entranced listeners and drawn critical acclaim – ‘a total joy; the best record I’ve heard this year’ said Jazzwise of their 2006 CD, The Spaces In Between.

Tonight’s concert will also feature the European premiere of Three Landscapes, a chamber work for strings, saxophones and recorder, written for the Australian recorder virtuoso, Genevieve Lacey.

Saturday 15 November 2014
EFG London Jazz Festival - Surman at Seventy residency
John Surman and Bergen Big Band – Another Sky

LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)

Surman’s collaboration with this big band of massive energy and spirit has produced a recording of original music.

Another Sky provides a tremendous setting for the band’s fine range of individual soloists - the emotionally charged alto playing of leader Olav Dale being a special highlight, as are Surman’s own rumbustious excursions on baritone and soprano saxophones.

Bergen Big Band has an impressive pedigree over two decades – a myriad of projects include playing with jazz icons Phil Woods and Joe Henderson, as well as innovative forces such as Maria Schneider, Terje Rypdal and Dino Saluzzi. The massively influential Norwegian singer Karin Krog will join Surman and the band on stage as a special guest.