A NEW MEETING
OF JAZZ AND CLASSICAL
Spanning the worlds of jazz, classical and world music, Waywiser brings together a group of restlessly creative musicians to perform music which combines the epic with the intimate and the intricate with the spontaneous. After a first performance at Union Chapel’s Daylight Music series in 2018, Waywiser is currently in the process of recording a full album for a late 2019 launch and tour.
Anchored around the compositions of Eddie Harvey award winner James Brady, Waywiser makes music which is expansive, adventurous and fresh sounding, equally influenced by Hugh Masekela, Hermeto Pascoal and Bach.
Composer and trumpeter James Brady has been writing and improvising music for nearly 20 years, during which he has immersed himself equally deeply in the jazz and classical traditions. During postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2014, he met fellow explorer John Garner, co-leader of the Guastalla Quartet and accomplished improvising violinist. After various experiments, in 2018 they decided to bring their working groups together to play expanded and new works by James, which combine open-ended jazz improvisation with tightly worked counterpoint and an unshakable devotion to melody.
Unusually for a meeting of jazz musicians and string players, the string parts are just as immediate and visceral, and rarely, if ever, serve merely as background, instead exploiting the vast expressive range of the violin, viola and cello as individual and collective voices. For this, the musicians of the Guastalla Quartet are the perfect protagonists, having recorded music by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Milhaud as well as touring with acclaimed jazz pianist Kate Williams as ‘Four Plus Three’. Uniting with expertise in deep grooves and melodic improvisations brought by drummer Matt Parkinson bassist Edwin Ireland and saxophonist Alex Hitchcock, Waywiser is a unique collaboration dedicated to developing new musical language whilst remaining accessible to a wide audience.