“PAULA GARDINER’S 6.0” (Sextet) Sunday 22nd Aug 4pm CASTLE HOTEL
LINEUP: Paula Gardiner (Musical Director guitar, bass)
Dionne Bennett (vox) / Simran Singh (violin) / Paula Gardiner (guitar and bass) / Rebecca Nash (keys) / Ursula Harrison (bass) / Liz Exell (drums)
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“Brecon’s Jazz Festival has always provided the incentive to create new music with new friends – and 2021 is no exception”.
Paula Gardiner is best known for her work as jazz bassist and composer, based in South Wales. Here Paula goes back to her roots as a guitarist for this specially curated performance. She will be re-imagining ‘the archive’ as well as exploring new sounds alongside the fabulous line-up of musicians who represent Wales and the West’s top improvisers.
Paula has previously founded several bands including the Paula Gardiner Quartet (featuring John Parricelli), The Paula Gardiner Trio and the anarchic big band that was Wales’ Jazz Composers (featuring Huw Warren). She has worked internationally, taking her own music to the US and composing/conducting a major project in Wales and South Africa for the Cultural Olympiad, 2012. Paula has had a close association with the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition, most recently acting as mentor and bass accompanist for the televised final. She is an active member of the Ivors Academy Jazz Committee.
The stella ensemble includes Welsh-Jamaican singer, songwriter, producer and radio personality Dionne Bennett. She is internationally known for her unique and diverse vocals that covers all Afro-culture music genres from jazz to rhythm & blues, soul, reggae, funk, rock n roll and beyond. Simmy Singh is a versatile violinist and composer, born and raised in South Wales to an Indian father and English mother, whose ambition is to push the boundaries of classical music and its audiences and to explore creativity and different genres with the violin. All ably supported by the astounding Rebecca Nash, Ursula Harrison and Liz Exell.
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