The music kicked off on Saturday 24 September 2011 with the music of double bass player Michael Cretu and Pianist Ed Barnwell. Complementing the Hungarian Portrait, charismatic Romanian bassist Michael Cretu performed a selection of his Transylvanian-styled compositions along with the resolute and passionate playing of pianist Ed Barnwell.
Saturday 15 October 2011 – RNCM
Sara Dowling – voice
Andy Kingslow – piano
Continuing the words and music theme, the commanding vocalist Sara Dowling teams up with the versatile and energetic pianist Andy Kingslow to perform a surprising mixture of songs, ranging from overlooked jazz standards to re-arrangements of Stravinsky!
Friday 18 November 2011 – RNCM
Semay Wu – cello
Complementing Sollima’s distinctive approach to the cello, Manchester’s very own Semay leads a specially-assembled small group of music-makers to perform some quirky and surprising sounds, incorporating the many reference points in her musical career – electronica, jazz, improvisation and rock – uncategorisable yet compelling!
Saturday 10 March 2012 – RNCM
Adam Fairhall – piano
Tim Fairhall – double bass
Gaz Hughes – drums
Rising star Adam’s playing demonstrates a passion for jazz, blues and other areas of American music, notably two composers whose work was touched by the shadow of war in different ways: Charles Ives, who was drawn into music via his father’s marching bands in the American Civil War, and Conlon Nancarrow, who fought in the Spanish Civil War, both of whom seep through Adam’s angular, inventive style.
Saturday 28 April 2012 – RNCM
Doreen Edwards – voice
George King – piano
Manchester’s most enchanting jazz vocalist radiates irresistible warmth and joy as she explores the theme of love with a choice selection of standards, accompanied by the clear-cut and graceful pianist George King.
Saturday 26 May 2012 – BWH:
Neil Yates – trumpet
Following a concert in which the music draws heavily on this country’s rich folk heritage, we turn to folk-inspired music from slightly further afield to present one of England’s most original voices on the trumpet: Neil Yates has forged a unique sound which incorporates the sounds and techniques associated with Celtic folk music and combines it with jazz to form his own style – ‘diddleknock’. Highly expressive playing, a plaintive tone and exquisite compositions.
Camerata Concerts begin at 7.30pm and an approximate start time for the mjf concerts will be @9.30pm