Stravinsky, with all that jazz!, in Biggar

Jazz octet will play Biggar
Jazz octet will play Biggar

Biggar Music is presenting a concert featuring the David Patrick Octet, performing The Rite of Spring on Wednesday, October 26, during the Biggar Little Festival.

David Patrick is a Scottish pianist, and BBC Radio Scotland said his “virtuosity at the keyboard is matched only by his skills as an arranger and composer of the highest calibre”.

It is his reworking for a jazz octet of Igor Stravinsky’s 1913 masterwork The Rite of Spring, which will be performed in Biggar, retaining all of the themes and almost all of the orchestration of the original composition.

Critics have described live performances of the piece as a triumph and “a brash and brilliant homage”.

With personnel drawn from Scotland, England and Germany, this international group is a world-class ensemble.

Patrick’s stylish contemporary piano-playing has always worked hand in hand with his arranging and composition skills, whether writing for the dark contemporary edge of the Scottish Jazz Composers’ Orchestra, or the smooth swing-feel of jazz singers.

The programme is completed with original jazz compositions for the octet by Patrick himself.

The concert is open to everyone. Tickets cost £12 and will be available at the door. Students and accompanied children are free.

For further information, contact the secretary, Margaret Filshie on 01899 220 119 or visit the website www.biggarmusic.org.uk