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June 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Rost, Glasgow
49 Bell Street
Glasgow International Jazz Festival

A Madman’s Approach to Music – Lindsay L. Cooper

GIO is delighted to welcome two towering figures of improvisation – Maggie Nicols and Joëlle Léandre – to celebrate the life and music of Scottish bassist Lindsay L. Cooper as we release a new CD based on his poem, A Madman’s Approach to Music. World renowned, charismatic and virtuosic, Maggie Nicols and Joëlle Léandre have been at the forefront of the international improvisation scene for over 40 years. Nicols, a founding member of The Feminist Improvising Group (FIG) in the 1970s and Léandre, a founding member of the European Women Improvising Group (EWIG), also play together as part of the iconoclastic trio Les Diaboliques. The new CD features evocative soundworlds combining with spoken, sung and muttered words from vocalists Tam Dean Burn, Cliona Cassidy and Maggie Nicols. The first half of the concert will include small groups featuring Nicols/Léandre while the second half will present a full-scale GIO performance of A Madman’s Approach to Music.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra is a large improvising ensemble of approx 20 musicians from diverse artistic backgrounds ranging from free improvisation, jazz, classical, folk, pop, experimental musics and performance art. Since its inaugural project in 2002 the Orchestra has established an international reputation and garnered critical acclaim for its innovative projects and its exploration of improvised music. A host of collaborations with world renowned improvisers and other ensembles have expanded the band’s artistic horizons and given rise to musical connections throughout the world. To date they have released eight CDs. Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra perform in venues around the UK and Europe and have now established their own annual festival in Glasgow which provides a platform for improvising musicians and artists. Alongside their composing, recording and performing activities they are committed to an ongoing programme of education and outreach activities including workshops, lectures and master classes.

“One of the best large improvising ensembles in the world” BBC Jazz on 3

“alive with the intimate ebb-and-flow that marks the best examples of the form” The Independent

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