Norwegian saxophonist Marius Nest exploded on to the UK stage in 2010 when he performed at Ronnie Scott’s as part of his mentor Django Bates’ 50th birthday celebrations.
Snowmelt marked the start of an ongoing relationship with Neset and the ensemble, along with conductor Geoffrey Paterson. Together, they recorded the the award-winning album and performed it live as part of the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival. Using a palette of visceral instrumental sounds, his music mixes the lyricism of his native Scandinavia with the high-octane fury of Bates and Zappa. The album stretches the boundaries of contemporary jazz, demanding infectious energy and lightening virtuosity from nineteen London Sinfonietta players and a jazz quartet, with Neset at their helm.
As powerful, skilful and idiomatically varied on stage as he is on record The Guardian
Orchestration: 1/picc.1.1/bass.1 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199.1 + Marius Neset Quintet (saxophone, piano, double bass, kit, percussion) – amplified = 19 players + jazz quartet + conductor + sound engineer
Usually perform with: conductor Geoffrey Paterson / sound projection – Sound Intermedia
Premiere: Friday 18 November 2016, LSO St Luke's