And all that jazz: Courtney heads to Islay festival
CELEBRATED saxophonist, Courtney Pine, will headline the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival in September, accompanied by MOBO award-winning jazz pianist, Zoe Rahman.
The festival aims for a high quality artistic programme - a showcase of everything that is new and exciting.
The music is presented in the most unusual and atmospheric surroundings - from bird sanctuaries to distilleries – against the beautiful backdrop of the most southerly island in the Hebrides.
Islay is a magical place at all times, and during the festival it has an extra dimension to its allure. Listeners get a choice of music throughout the weekend. They can mix and match, creating their own odyssey of concerts and places. Decisions may be made according to the appeal of a specific musician, but they might also be made by scheduling a distillery visit, a seafood lunch, a walk on a beach or a birdwatching trip. Alternatively, there is the special limited- edition Jazz Festival bottling of Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky. Playing the festival for the first time, Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman will perform at Lagavulin Malt Mill and Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle. Italian pianist Enrico Zanisi also makes his festival debut, playing three concerts across the island while Alan Barnes and Jim Mullen fly in from London.
Other highlights of the festival include Brass Gumbo playing a pop-up concert at Bowmore Pier, the mighty 12-piece Fat-Suit at Bowmore Hall, Rose Room, Fergus McCreadie, New Focus Quartet, Islay’s 95 Roots whie Mario Caribe’s Band delivers the grand finale at Bruichladdich Hall.
Stuart Todd of Islay Arts Association, co-promoters of the festival said: ‘Visitors to the festival are smitten with the combination of nature and art, and the sense of community which is central to the experience of living on Islay and which can be shared even on a weekend visit.’
Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s head of whisky outreach, commented: ‘ The festival is a great way to put Islay on the map and we’re happy Lagavulin has been involved for six years.’
The Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival takes place from September 11-13.