Archive: Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet + Tim Hill – Friday 17th February – Francis Close Hall Chapel


The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet

Asaf Sirkis (drums / compositions / percussion)
Sylwia Bialas (vocals / compositions)
Frank Harrison (piano, keyboards)
Yaron Stavi (electric bass)

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a collaboration between Israeli UK resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with the Lighthouse trio (ACT), Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Corryel, John Abercrombie & the Asaf Sirkis Trio, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas.

The quartet features London based, Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards.

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates new music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between.

Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.

The quartet`s latest album „Come To Me“ was selected as one of the best releases of 2015 at All About Jazz website (USA).


Tim Hill (solo)

Tim Hill is a saxophonist, composer and bandleader, often making music out of doors, drawing on free improvisation, street bands, grooves, electronica, composition, traditional music and ritual noise.

Since the 1980s he has played with improvisers like Mike Cooper, Paul Burwell, Steve Noble, John Edwards, Derek Bailey, and Alex Ward. He has recently started making noises on his own, indoors.

“Muscular, well developed playing… somewhere between Johnny Hodges and Dudu Pukwana Phillip Clarke.” The Wire

Doors at 8pm

Ticket price £7 and £3 students. Email to reserve tickets.

Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire. Swindon Rd Cheltenham GL50 4AZ


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