'English Poet of the Saxophone' to play Donegal

Andy Sheppard

'English Poet of the Saxophone' to play Donegal

One of Europe’s leading saxophonists will be making an appearance in Donegal later this month with a collection of music that is inspired by the world of William Shakespeare.

Englishman Andy Sheppard is one of a very few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene, playing and writing for settings from solo to big band and chamber orchestra. Sheppard has composed over 350 works.

Described as ‘The great English poet of the saxophone’, Sheppard is coming to the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on March 13th. 3He will be joined by drummer

Christophe Marguet and pianist Guillaume de Chassy in a musical journey across Shakespeare’s world.

Part-improvised and part-written, the music draws inspiration from Renaissance composers Thomas Morley and William Byrd.

Sheppard has collaborated with artists as varied as percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, violinist L. Shankar, pianist Joanna MacGregor, songwriter John Martyn and a myriad of leading jazz figures, including Carla Bley, George Russell and the late Gil Evans.

French pianist, composer and self-taught improviser Guillaume de Chassy’ collaborations span many artistic disciplines, from opera singing Laurent Naouri, choir director

Joel Suhubiette (for whom he wrote a Jazz Cantata), filmmaker Antoine Carlier and flamenco dancer Ana Yerno.

Christophe Marguet has worked with musicians such as Vincent Herring, Buddy de Franco and Evan Parker.

Music Network presents Andy Sheppard with Shakespeare Songs, Sunday 13th March, 8.00pm

Tickets from An Grianán Theatre Box Office: 074 91 20777, price: €12/€10.