Langtoun Jazz & Kirkcaldy Music Society present Seonaid Aitken Ensemble
THE START TIME FOR THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN AMENDED TO 7.30PM
Langtoun Jazz are pleased to be collaborating for the first time with Kirkcaldy Music Society to bring Seonaid Aitken Ensemble to kick off our Autumn Season in style.
Seonaid Aitken is a violinist, vocalist, composer/orchestrator and broadcaster from Glenrothes.
As one of the rare few female improvising violinists in the UK influenced by the great Stephane Grappelli, she performs with her award-winning Gypsy Jazz band Rose Room current winners of Best Band at the Scottish Jazz Awards as well as a guest with the Tim Kliphuis Sextet, Martin Taylor MBE and Swing 2022.
She was awarded Best Vocalist twice at the Scottish Jazz Awards following her highly acclaimed Ella Fitzgerald big band show A Night With Ella, took part in the 2019/2022 UK touring production of Disneys The Lion King on violin/viola and has played with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera for 21 years.
As a busy session musician Seonaid has performed or recorded with Deacon Blue, Carol Kidd MBE, Eddi Reader and iconic American composer Burt Bacharach and, as a composer/arranger, has been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and feature in the BBC/Richard Curtis film adaptation of Roald Dahls Esio Trot starring Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman. Seonaid is a regular tutor at the Grappelli-Django Camp in The Netherlands and presents Jazz Nights on BBC Radio Scotland.
In Japan, the cherry blossom (sakura) is widely celebrated. It is symbolic of rebirth springtime, hope, optimism but is also a reminder of the impermanence of life.
Its beauty is wonderful yet fleeting. Having lived in Tokyo and experienced Hanami the flower viewing or celebration of sakura Seonaid has drawn a parallel with this season to her life now in Scotland.
After a serious accident, Seonaid found herself unable to walk and was forced to slow down and focus on her well-being. During a lengthy and isolated recovery due to lockdown she was able to explore her local surroundings and discover the transformative and healing powers of nature. As both mind and body gradually healed, she found a new perspective.
Through jazz, classical and folk idioms, Seonaids musical suite Chasing Sakura originally commissioned by Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in 2021 was written for a hand-picked ensemble of string quintet and saxophone/flute. Featuring cross-genre and improvising musicians, it follows the lifespan of the cherry blossom and explores the themes of a fleeting but beautiful life, lived to the fullest.
This is healing music, life affirming, positive, engaging, melodic a real thrill!
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WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?
Seonaid pays homage to her favourite jazz vocalist the iconic Ella Fitzgerald by exploring the Great American Songbook with selections from her 2019 album What Is This Thing Called Love?. The Jazz world meets the Classical world as Seonaids cinematic string arrangements (inspired by the likes of Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Vince Mendoza) bring these jazz standards to life with flavours of the 1930s Golden Era, MGM musicals, Broadway pizzazz, Argentine Tango and a novel piece in pizzicato!
This will be a popular concert - EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISED
Doors Open 7.30pm
Kirkcaldy Old Kirk (View)
Kirkcaldy KY1 1EH