Imelda May and Lisa O'Neill join Imagining Ireland at Barbican
15th Jan 2020
This is an hour-long journey into the world of piano-based composition, curated by Bill Laurance himself, a great way to gain insight into his upcoming Queen Elizabeth Hall show on Friday 29 March, which coincides with the release of his album Cables.
Support from pianist Ashley Henry (also a big fan of Errol Garner’s 'Nightconcert') makes the show a great way to celebrate Piano Day 2019 - you can hear his latest EP Easter here.
Brad Mehldau - After Bach
'One of the true masters of the instrument exploring one of the true masters of composition. This stuff is magic.'
Keith Jarrett - Köln Concert
'Alongside the record's iconic status, I love the story about the incorrect (and in much worse condition) piano being accidentally setup on stage, forcing Jarrett to find something more out of the instrument than a 'perfect condition' one might have offered and as a result, recording one of the most seminal solo piano concerts of all time. A good reminder of necessity being the mother of invention.'
Bill Evans - Lucky to be me
'His approach to harmony always made me think of french impressionist painters. So much light, calm and effortless mastery.'
Errol Garner - Easy to love
'Pure joy all the time. Errol always puts a smile on my face.'
Hania Rani - Glass
'Rani is based between Warsaw and Berlin and signed to Matt Halsall’s Gondwana label. There's a beautiful fragility about this recording.'
Kelly Moran - Helix
'Prepared piano with nuts and washers, John Cage style. Moran released her second album on Warp last year and I love her use of texture as a compositional tool.'
Michel Petrucciani - Live, Caravan
'When the piece gets going, he really goes for it. I love Michel's use of dynamics and different ways to approach the well-known melody.'
Toshiko Akiyoshi - Kyo-Shu
'At 89, she appears to still be playing. Akiyoshi put out her first album in 1953, studied at Berklee later in the fifties, was married to saxophonist Charlie Mariano in the sixties and has released everything from solo to big band records!'
Ahmad Jamal - Live at the Pershing
'One of my favourite trio records and the original inspiration for my track 'Denmark Hill'. I had the honour of meeting Ahmad backstage at a gig in Brazil. He taught me in our short meeting the power of faith in whatever it is you want to believe in and I've always carried that with me.'
You can also hear a full recording of Bill Laurance's solo concert at La Petite Halle, Paris on 21st February, 2019 here. Recorded by TSF JAZZ and broadcast live, this concert was the first night of Bill's solo EU tour - it promises to be a incredible one.