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D I S C O V E R S M I R N O V ! W o R K s B Y La M o n t e Y o u n g , B r i a n F e r n e y h o u g h , Jonathan Harvey plus a Soviet New Music project are among the highlights of the ntnth Almeida Festival i n London's Isltngton f m 2 June to 5 July. Sovret composers featured include Alexander Knaifel, Tigran Mansuryan and Valentin Silvestrov, all making their first visit to the UK, plus Dmitri Smirnov, whose opera The Lamentations Of The! (based on the writings of William Blake) receives its world premiere performances on 9, 10 and 1 1 June. The festival's other opera world premiere is John Casken's G o l e n ~(28, 30 June; 1, 3, 5 July); and will also include a retrospect~ve of French composer Jean Barroque (3, 18 June); 50th birthday trlbutes to Jonathan Harvey and Heinz Holliger (13, 24 June); and concerts of Brian Ferneyhough's late quartets (16, 21 June). Of special interest will be the first UK visit of pioneer minimalist La Monte Young, one of whose pleces comprised offering a piano a bale of hay and a bucket of water! HIS "early and l a t e experimental works" will be on offer to the public on 22 June (bring your own pianos). Details from 01 - 226 400 1.

S T R I P P E D P I N E S A x o P H o N I s T Courtney Pine's third LP, The Vzszon's Tale, is due for release in late summer. Recorded in NYC, the album sees Pine return to the quartet context, accompanied by three US musicians: Ellis Manalis (piano), Jeff Wat t s (drums), Delbert Felix (bass). Prior to the LP release Pine continues a tour with his regular UK sextet with concerts a t Nottingham Royal Centre (2 June);

Canterbury Marlowe Theatre (4); Southend Cllffs Pavtllion (5); Blackpool Grand Theatre (6); Sheffield Zaptent (9); Readlng Hexagon ( I I ) ; Guildford Civic Cen t r e ( 1 4 ) ; Millf t e l d Civic T h e a t r e ( 1 5 ) ; a n d Norwich Theatre Royal (18).


G L A S G O W M t c H A E L Brecker, Wtllem Breuker, Abdullah Ibrahlm, Astor P~azzolla, Stan Getz and special projects by Fred F r ~ t hand John Surman arc- among the highltghts of thts year's Glasgow Internattona1 Jazz Festival, which runs from 23 June to 2 July. Concerts at the Tramway Theatre include Abdullah Ibrahlm's Ralnbow Strlngs (25 June); Andy Sheppard Sextet (26), Astor Piazzolla ( 28) , Michael Brecker Qnt plus the Louts Sclavis Q n t ( 3 0 ) . C o n c e r t s a t t h e Heineken Late Night Club include the Willem Breuker Kollektlef (25); Orpheon Celesta (26); John Rae Collecttve (27); Steve WIIliamson Qnt (28); while concerts at the Theatre Royal feature the George Shear~ngTrto (23), Cab Calloway (24); Stan Getz Q t (29); J a cques Lousster ( 30) ; Duke Ellington Orchestra ( 1 J u l y ) ; Orchestre National De Jazz, with Tommy Smith (2).

Taylor and Gordon Beck, at Glasgow Cathedral on 27 June.

Guttarist Frith's new sextet Keep The Dog, with special guest John Zorn, plays two concerts a t RSAMD on 30 June and 1 July; while Frith also appears In an "improvised 11ve animation performance" with film-maker Pierre Hebert ( 1 July, RSAMD, afternoon) and in rwo duos with John Zorn and gui t a r ~s tRene Lussier (2, Third Eye Centre, afternoon).

Other events at Glasgow tnclude two evenlngs of Derek Bailey's Company (23, 24 June, Third Eye); a free, open-air Jazz Picnic with the Willem Breuker Kollektief and others (25, Kelvin Grove Park); films, photo exhibitlons, riverboat crutses. Details on all the above and more on 041 226 3262.

J U I C E O N T H E L O O S E T H E N A T I O N A LStudio for Electronic Music presents "Points Of Contact", a three-day season of electronic music, at London's Purcell Rooms from 1-3 June. Composers represented include Melvyn Poole, Luigi Nono and James MacMillan (1 June); Andrew Lovett, Bernard Parmegiani and Alejandro Vinao (2); and Jonry Harrison, Tim Souster and Stephen Montegue (3). Details from 01-928 8800.

Composer-in-res~dence Surman plays several concerts wlth a vanety of groups, including gigs with his Brass Project plus Stan Ttacey ( 23 June, Tramway); with h ~ s quartet (24, Heineken); with the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra (26, Royal Scottish Academy of Mustc and Drama): he also presents the world premiere of his new composition Ovatron, performed by the Glasgow Phoenix Choir with Karin Krog, John


T E M P O S ! D A v I D Murray's trio, Charlie Haden's Quartet West and the Mujician quartet lead the jazz highlights of this year's Greenwich Festival, which takes place from 2-18 June. On 3 June, Charlie Haden's band, with saxophonist Ernie Watts, plus the Orphy Robinson Q t and solo guitarist

Uwe Kropinski play at Greenwich Borough Hall; while the David Murray Trio (6) and Mujician wtth Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall, Tony Levin and Paul Rogefs - (13) both appear a t Blackheath Concert Halls. Full derails from, 01-317 8687.

T W O - T O W N T R U M P 1 A s R E v E A L E D exclusively In last month's W m , Miles Davis returns to the UK in July t& headline at both the JVC Capital Jazz Parade in London and t h e Birmingham International jazz Festival. The JVC Capital concerts, all at the RFH, feature Spiro Gyra plus the Stanley Clarke1 George Duke duo (10 July); Miles Davis (1 1); Stanley Jordan Qt plus Larry Carlton (12); New O r l a m Gala Night with Irma Thomas, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and mare (13); Sarah Vaughan (15). Derails from 01-928 8800.

Meanwhile, the Birmingham festival line-up has Cab Calloxmy . (9 July); Miles Davis (10); Blaes Brothers Band (11); Tommy Smith Band, Tommy Chase Band, Jean Toussatnt Band (12); Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Chicaga Blues Band plus Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (13); the Harlem Jazz & Blues Band (14, 15) and Iots more. Details from 021 454 7020.


T I N K L E T H E Z A P Tent - a travelling, 1,000-seater big-top venue run by Brighton's Zap Club - is tc visit Sheffield with a host of jazz, folk, rock and comedy artists between 9-18 June. Performers appearing in the tent, which will be sited on Devonshire Green, Division S t , include Courtney


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