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basquiat strings with special guests

FreeDM Studio, Roundhouse

Friday 26 October

Basquiat Strings are a classically-trained quintet led by cellist Ben Davis, one of Europe's top jazz string players. Nominated for the Mercury Prize this year, they performed at the BBC Electric Proms with recognised tenor saxophonist from New York, Ellery Eskelin as well as leading improvising UK bassist Simon H Fell.


Sorry we were only able to keep performance videos online for a week after the festival.

on the bbc

Radio 3
  • Radio 3
  • Radio 3 hosted Basquiat Strings as part of Jazz on 3

what happened

Minute by minute report, via text message, by the BBC's Pete Marsh

  1. 21.43 - The Basquiats take the stage. They have 20 strings between them and Seb Rochford on the drums.
  2. 21.50 - If Bartok had heard Bossa Nova he may have come up with something like this.
  3. 22.00 - Cellist Ben Davis takes an extraordinary solo on new piece 'Jack and Jill' which starts off sounding like Janacek and ends up like King Crimson. Sort of.
  4. 22.10 - Saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and bassist Simon H. Fell join the fray, weaving dense, knotty bursts of free jazz in and out of the lush strings.
  5. 22.14 - The two double basses are locking horns. It's getting heavy. Eskelin's tenor blasts are threatening to take the paint off the walls.

also at bbc electric proms

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