The ever-creative Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) has announced its most ambitious multi-dimensional event to date – an online concert series, Where Rivers Meet, featuring Russian painter Maria Rud, which is to be streamed over four consecutive nights.
Edinburgh’s 12th-century St. Giles cathedral is the unique backdrop for a new collaboration between the Orchestra and the artist, whose live paintings will be projected onto the magnificent stained-glass west window. The ‘soulful and spiritually-charged’ paintings will be matched in the music of Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton and Albert Ayler. The pieces are arranged ‘a distinct and fresh light’ by Tommy Smith, Paul Towndrow, Paul Harrison, and Geoffrey Keezer.
Smith has said, ‘This concert is all about expression, the deepest emotion of our inner voice. To reach that space where we summon heart and spirit, the soloists must bare their souls – that was the challenge and the achievement of much of the best of the free jazz of the 1960s and beyond. And that’s what we’re after here.’