Shirley Smart is fast becoming known as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists – being equally at home and well versed in classical, jazz and middle Eastern music. With her ensemble she presents a fresh new approach to the cello, taking the listener on an improvised journey incorporating music from North Africa, Middle East, Balkans, and South America, and jazz as well as original compositions.
Originally trained in classical cello under Raphael Wallfisch at the Guilldhall School of Music, and Janos Starker in Paris, she subsequently moved to Jerusalem, where she remained for 10 years, studying and performing a wide variety of world music from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region, as well as being highly involved with the jazz and improvised music scene. Since returning to the UK, she has quickly become known as one of the most creative cellists on the music scene and has worked with many leading jazz and world music groups, as well as leading her own projects. She teaches Musicianship and Improvisation at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and is a Visiting Lecturer at City University, and will be heading the London Cello Society's "Beyond Cello" division beginning in 2016.
“…must rank as one of the leading cello improvisers in the UK…’ (The Jazz Mann)
“…Superb cello...” (Songlines magazine)
“ Three Instrumentalists in One” – (Rhyll Music Club)
“ A Must-see performer” – (Vortex Jazz Club)
She is joined this evening by Maurizio Minardi on piano and accordion - “ One of the finest pianists on the UK scene” – (Rainlores World of Music), and drummer/percussionist Demi Garcia Sabat.
Recent performances have included the Vortex Jazz Club, Old Ford Jazz Club, Brunel Museum, Green Note, Crouch End festival and Hafensommer Festival, Wurzburg in Germany.
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7.00pm - 9.00pmTuesday 8th March 2016