Artist: Barry Guy Album: The Blue Shroud Genre: Avant Garde Jazz, Modern Composition Label: Intakt Recording Date: 2015-2016
After his great compositions for the London Jazz Composers Orchestra and the Barry Guy New Orchestra, Barry Guy has written a large scale work for a new international ensemble. Guy’s work The Blue Shroud is an hommage to the painting Guernica by Pablo Picasso. It is for the people of the Spanish town, who were victims of the Nazi German air force bombardment during the Spanish Civil War. Guy also wants us to remember the occasion in 2003, when the Guernica-tapestry at the UN Security Council was obscured by a blue drape as Colin Powell made the case for invading Iraq. The strength of art against the power of the military, government and the media. Barry Guy uses the techniques of new music and jazz improvisation, as well as fragments of Baroque music and a poem by Irish writer Kerry Hardie. He has transformed the poem into moving songs for vocalist Savina Yannatou. Fragments of compositions by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and J.S. Bach are mingled into Guy’s intricate work. “The work might just be the crowning achievement in the Englishman’s long and varied career”, wrote The New York City Jazz Record magazine after the premiere of the 70 minute long masterpiece. - Intakt Records
Alto Saxophone, Oboe – Michael Niesemann Baritone Saxophone – Julius Gabriel Bass, Director – Barry Guy Drums, Percussion – Lucas Niggli, Ramón López Ensemble – Blue Shroud Band Guitar – Ben Dwyer Piano – Agustí Fernández Soprano Saxophone, Reed Trumpet – Torben Snekkestad Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Per Texas Johansson Trumpet – Percy Pursglove Tuba, Serpent – Michel Godard Viola – Fanny Paccoud Violin – Maya Homburger Voice – Savina Yannatou
1 Prelude 6:01 2 Song 1 4:46 3 Song 3 3:05 4 Bull / Mother And Child / Warrior 11:23 5 "The Carrying Of The Cross" Mystery Sonata IX 2:22 6 "A Blinded Bird Of Hope" (Song 4) 7:38 7 Bird 8:09 8 Aria From "Crucifixion" Mystery Sonata X (Song 7) 6:51 9 Light Bearer 6:03 10 Fugitive 6:03 11 "Agnus Dei" From The B Minor Mass 8:59 Recorded October 17, 18, 2015, during the Ad Libitum Festival Warsaw at the Witold Lutos?awski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.Mixed Warsaw, February 16, 17, 2016 and March 15, 16, 2016.