New Words 2011

Trio Verso

Poetry, jazz and improvised music


Saturday 24 September 2011
8pm – 10pm

Review by
Alistair Massey

Acorn Centre, Inverurie [Map]

Tickets £9, £7 (concession), £1 (children & full-time students) available at the door or from Morgan's Music Shop

Trio Verso

Brian Johnstone (poet and reader)
Richard Ingham (saxophones, bass clarinet and low whistle)
Louise Major (double bass and percussion)

Trio Verso is a collaboration whose work interprets and refocuses the 1950s poetry and jazz movement for a 21st century audience, through the fusing of evocative lyric texts with free improvised jazz grooves and jazz-inflected soundscapes. The CD Storm Chaser was released in 2010.

Performances are centred on close interaction, the poet exploring different interpretations of his texts in reaction to the sounds and rhythms created, while the musicians exploit their technique and the potential of their various instruments in response to the readings.

Trio Verso (image: Al Buntin)

Since forming in 2007, Trio Verso has performed at the Big Tent Festival in Falkland, for St Andrews University Music Centre, at the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, at the Wordfringe Festival in Aberdeenshire, at the Callander Poetry Weekend and for the poetry sessions, Last Monday at the Rio in Glasgow and Shore Poets and the Golden Hour, both in Edinburgh.

Trio Verso

See for more about Trio Verso.

Brian Johnstone

Brian Johnstone has published two pamphlets and two full collections; his latest The Book of Belongings was published by Arc in 2009. He has given readings across Scotland, in England and in various European countries. He was Festival Director of the StAnza Poetry Festival from 2000-10.

Richard Ingham

Richard Ingham is an international soloist, composer, band leader and jazz educator who has appeared in concert in Europe, America and Asia. He is Composer in Residence and Fellow in New Music at the University of St Andrews and jazz tutor at St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh.

Louise Major

Louise Major is a double bass tutor for the University of St Andrews Music Centre and St Leonards School, St Andrews. She leads jazz band The Major Groove, co-ordinates the popular Thursday night jazz sessions at the Byre Theatre, and is also double bassist with the Heisenberg Ensemble.

Promoted by

Inverurie Music

Supported by

Enterprise Music Scotland
Acorn Centre
North East Writers

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