Trio HLK, with Evelyn Glennie: Debut Album ‘Standard Time’ Launch Concert

Photo by Rob Blackham

8pm, 13 May 2018, The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh.

This brilliantly inventive UK jazz trio arrives in Edinburgh on 13th May on what must be one of the hottest tickets in Edinburgh this year. Led by evolved composer Richard Harrold, with widely respected 8- string electric guitarist Ant Law and drumming wizard Richard Kass, this innovative, highly accomplished and genuinely unique-sounding jazz trio are joined by pre-eminent classical percussionist, Evelyn Glennie. (Renowned alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, who plays on three compositions on the album, is not joining the trio on the tour.)“..the festival had one extraordinary performance that was in a class all of its own: Trio HLK’s collaboration with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie was an intense combination of complex musical ideas and virtuoso musicianship.” Tony Benjamin in Jazzwise, on the Bristol International Jazz and Blues festival 2018.

That the trio can attract collaborators of the distinction of Glennie and Lehman comes as no surprise, given the sophistication of the sound. With characteristic intensity and crazily ever – shifting harmony and especially rhythmicity, most pieces start from a jazz standard whereupon immediately head for outer space. The complexity and energy of the music gets the brain juices flooding, as if Bang on a Can has fused with trio VD (and what could be better than that!)

Thus this show – and album – will be of serious interest to all forward-thinking lovers of neoclassical, as much as it will be to followers of questing jazz. Don’t miss it!

2018 Tour details

8 May – Mad Hatter, Oxford

13 May – TQH, Edinburgh (Album Launch) (with Evelyn Glennie)

31 May – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

1 June – Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye (with Evelyn Glennie)

2 June – Menuhin Hall, Surrey (with Evelyn Glennie)

3 June – Devizes Festival (with Evelyn Glennie)

6 June – Queen’s Head, Monmouth

7 June – Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff (with Evelyn Glennie)

16 June- Mareel, Shetland

19 June – Gairloch Comminity Hall, Gairloch

20 June – Stables, Cromarty

6 July – 1000 Trades, Birmingham

7 July- Ashbourne Festival (with Evelyn Glennie)

11 July – Pizzaa Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, London

12 July – Hidden Rooms, Cambridge

29 July – Petworth Festival (with Evelyn Glennie)

22 August – Machynlleth Festival (with Evelyn Glennie)

2 November – Canterbury Festival (with Evelyn Glennie)

16 November – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds (with Evelyn Glennie)

20 November – Hampstead Arts Festival (with Evelyn Glennie)

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