Paul Clarvis/Liam Noble & Orquestra Mahatma
A double bill of the unique duo of Paul Clarvis & Liam Noble performing the whole of West Side Story in the first set followed by a second set from Orquestra Mahatma. Paul Clarvis was the favourite drummer of Leonard Bernstein and he performed and recorded with the great master composer many times over the years. In celebration of that time Paul and Liam present the whole of West Side Story in a one medley set; in their unique way…
Orquestra Mahatma (sometimes credited as Orqestra Mahatma) is an eclectic UK band which draws heavily on international music including Spanish, French, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Latin-American as well as jazz influences.
Line Up: Paul Clarvis – drums percussion & Liam Noble - piano
The members of the Orquestra are violinist Sonia Slany - string player, Stuart Hall -Mischa Mullova- Abbado– Bass guitar, & drummer Paul Clarvis
Advance: £12.50/£10.00 Members/Students £5.00
On the Door: £15.00/£12.00/£5.00
Having played in many bands together, Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis reconvene in their original formation, a duo that moves between pop, classical and jazz repertoire with fluidity, awkwardness and grace. Bernstein’s “West Side Story” grooves mingle with soundscapes and counterpoint, and Paul laughs a lot. Piano and drums duo tackle Leonard Bernstein, moving between rambunctious abandon and pointillistic pianissimos, deep grooves to pastel soundscapes.
“Noble…trickles around the keyboard and improvises with economy, never making this anything less than a pleasure. You’d think that as Clarvis’ name is billed first that this could be some flashy percussion showcase. Quite the reverse: his brush strokes are supportive and complementary, adding to the work’s mellow and diverting feel.” Daryl Easley, BBC Music Review
“exquisite and casually joyous music-making between consummate improvisers” John Fordham, The Guardian “Maybe grown-ups get in the way, and it takes a six year-old to understand such things.” LondonJazz
"It is like eavesdropping on an intimate conversation as tunes are gently revealed in a new light.” The Times
Line Up: Paul Clarvis– drums percussion & Liam Noble- piano
Orquestra Mahatma (sometimes credited as Orqestra Mahatma) is an eclectic UK band which draws heavily on international music including Spanish, French, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Latin-American as well as jazz influences. A rare opportunity to check out one of the few truly original bands in modern jazz. Those who like excellent renderings of music from absolutely all over the place should check out ORQUESTRA MAHATMA.
Mahatma's sound encompasses many worlds and cannot be shoehorned into a single category.
Expect a gig full of surprises ranging from Ellington, Prado and Rabih Abou-Khalil though Bulgarian and Macedonian tunes, to American waltzes and fiddle mania.
"A little miracle of home grown British Jazz"
"…stirring experiments in jazz without frontiers" Sunday Times
Mahatmas extraordinary sound is created by four of London's' finest musicians:
Paul Clarvis - Drummer
It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that accomplished drummer/percussionist Paul Clarvis has performed with everyone you know and on everything you love. Clarvis was the late Leonard Bernstein's preferred London percussionist and helped Rick Smith with the drum arrangement for the London Olympics 2012 show-stopping opening, as well as having worked with high-profile musicians like Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, and Elton John.
His film slate is just as impressive, including memorable films like “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Twilight,” “Skyfall”, ”Spectre,” “Tron,” “Grande Budapest Hotel," “Shrek,” "Avengers Endgame" and “The Hobbit.” Beyond his ongoing and in-demand work as a session musician, Clarvis is also an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Liam Noble : Pianist/Composer
One of the most sought after musicians on the European scene, Liam has played with countless musicians at home and abroad. From Elgar to electric Miles, his recent solo CD “A Room Somewhere” reflects both a wide range of interests and an attention to nuance and detail. As well as his additional releases “Close Your Eyes”, “In The Meantime”, “Romance Among The Fishes”, “Brubeck”, he also works with Mark Lockheart’s “Malija”, Chris Batchelor’s “Pigfoot”, Ingrid Laubrock’s improvising trio “Sleepthief”. Other collaborators have included Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland, Drew Gress, Larry Grenadier and a duo with Dave Liebman. A new CD on Edition records, due for release in Summer 2019, features Tom Herbert and Seb Rochford.