Manchester Jazz Festival: Winstone/Gesing/Venier
with Special Guest Abel Selaocoe
Friday 27 July 8.00pm
RNCM Concert Hall
Norma Winstone voice
Klaus Gesing bass clarinet, saxophones
Glauco Venier piano
Abel Selaocoe cello
‘Serendipity is a word I would use to describe how I would feel about this group coming together. Glauco and Klaus uncannily seemed to know what the other was going to play when I first performed with them. Rhythmically, there’s no certainty as to where the beats are and sometimes we will stretch a bar almost as they do in classical music.’ Norma Winstone
Descansado – Songs For Films is the trio’s fifth recording together and the fourth for the ECM label, boasting a beguiling set of personal interpretations of these broad-ranging and often overlooked songs.
Norma is one of the UK’s most cherished improvising artists. Her crystalline tone, vast range and open versatility have graced an astonishing international performance and recording career that stretches back over decades. The dynamic Manchester-based South African cellist Abel Selaocoe joins with the effortless Italian pianist and the incisive German reeds player for this concert, adding an extra international dimension to their universal sound.
‘While some singers choose to sing at their audience, Winstone sings to her listeners, creating a close-up and personal relationship where her voice and tone give meaning to the lyrics and the lyrics give meaning to her voice. It’s a delicate balancing act, but when it works, as it does here, it can create something meaningful and profound.’ Jazzwise