And all that jazz: Court­ney heads to Is­lay fes­ti­val

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

Court­ney Pine and Zoe Rah­man

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