“The pairing of UK pianist Gwilym Simcock and Russian double-bassist Yuri Goloubev was something of a masterstroke. Both musicians are fluent improvisers with strong personalities who blend jazz and classical influences with panache”
Gwilym Simcock and Yuri Goloubev have long been fascinated by the expressive possibilities of their duo which started in 2008, at the Musica Sulle Bocche festival in Sardinia to instant acclaim.
Their concerts allow them to navigate a route through jazz, chamber music and contemporary classical – their strong classical backgrounds allow them to take experimental risks and incorporate into both jazz standards and their own original pieces free improvisations and excursions into the culture of European music, often interpreting well-known pieces in unusual and unexpected ways that always intrigue the audience and excite their curiosity.
“Duo Art shimmers and dances with European art-music references, which surface in the elegant themes, the liquid movement of Simcock’s improv phrasing, and Goloubev’s astonishingly light-touch lyricism and cello-like purity.”
★★★★ The Guardian
Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a ‘harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions’. Gwilym has been hailed as a pianist of ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘dazzling’ ability, and his music has been widely acclaimed as ‘engaging, exciting, often unexpected, melodically enthralling, complex yet hugely accessible’, and above all ‘wonderfully optimistic’.
“The interplay between the two is like musical telepathy”.
★★★★ The Observer
Yuri Goloubev was born in Moscow in 1972 and studied at the Central School of Music and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory from which he graduated with a Masters degree in 1995 in Double Bass. He had already won first prize in the All-Soviet Union Student Competition in 1990 and as result became Principal Bass with the Ensemble XXI Chamber Orchestra from 1990 – 1991.
In Autumn 2015 he joined the Faculty of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where he teaches Jazz Double Bass and Harmony. In addition, he teaches Double Bass at King’s College in Taunton, Wells Cathedral School and Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians – a division of the Guildhall School.
Monday 22 January, 8pm