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Pianist Matthew Bourne will play at London’s Café OTO on February 15th to mark the release of his first ever solo studio album, Montauk Variations (out Feb 7). Bourne’s extraordinary physical performance on the intimate venue’s grand piano is not to be missed.
With Montauk Variations, Bourne has reinvented his approach by stripping away the clutter and quirkiness characteristic of previous work. Fragility and romanticism have come to the fore while the performances still carry the Bourne hallmarks of unpredictability and intensity. You can hear a selection of songs from Montauk Variations here now. Let me know if you’d like to hear the full album!
Bourne first rose to prominence in 2001 when he won a Perrier Jazz Award, following that with the ‘Innovation’ accolade at the BBC Radio Jazz Awards in 2002. Since then he’s worked with a multitude of different projects, including The Electric Dr M, Bourne/Davis/Kane, Bilbao Syndrome, Nostalgia 77, Trio Grande, Broadway Project and more.
March 2012 will see Bourne head to China as part of a residency programme organised by The British Council and PRS For Music Foundation. Joining Imogen Heap, Jamie Woon and Gareth Bonello, the programme is designed to enable innovative British musicians to explore new musical trerritory, reach new audiences and write new material in the context of an emerging, international market. Click here for more details.
A snippet of Matthew’s recent show at Bishopsgate Institute was captured on camera by the team behind the residency programme and is well worth a peek to see the very talented man at work!
Plus support from the wonderful Icarus, who are releasing their new album ‘Fake Fish Distribution’ on 6th February. Click here for a preview
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