Glasgow International Jazz Festival presents: Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Evan Parker Sunday 29 June 2014, 3.00pm Recital Room Tickets: £10 £10 for 3 events! In conversation: Brian Morton and Evan Parker 3pm, Recital Room

Join GIO to celebrate the 70th birthday of one of the world’s most respected and admired musicians. Evan Parker, arguably the world’s most influential saxophonist since John Coltrane, discusses his work with the authoritative and charismatic writer and broadcaster Brain Morton.

Evan Parker solo 4pm, Recital Room

Evan has been rewriting the book on the sounds that can be made with a saxophone for almost half a century, developing a remarkable technique that has allowed him to play counterpoint on what was designed as a single-line instrument, generate electronics-like textures acoustically, and build a personal soundscape that avoids conventional tunes but has its own arresting lyricism. His solo performances have frequently been described as life changing. Evan Parker’s astonishing command of the saxophone is matched by an apparently infinite reserve of imagination, where rhythmic patterns, melodic twists and turns, and a constantly surprising sonic palette combine in the art of a master improviser and innovative force. Saxophonist Evan Parker is one of the best known of the British improvisers, having an international reputation stretching beyond the normal confines of the improvisation and jazz worlds. Playing with John Stevens’ Spontaneous Music Ensemble in the mid 1960s and with guitarist Derek Bailey in the influential Music Improvisation Company he developed a highly idiosyncratic style on tenor and soprano saxophones, which have widely influenced contemporary instrumentalists in many different musical spheres.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra – Parallel Moments Unbroken 5pm, Recital Room Evan Parker joins GIO as a featured soloist for a performance of Parallel Moments Unbroken, by Raymond MacDonald, a piece originally commissioned by Radio 3 that uses paintings, musical notation, and pre-recorded loops to explore new ways of creating music in large ensembles.

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