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Mark Latimer, Asaf Sirkis

Duration:
1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 20 September 2009

Claire Martin presents an interview with versatile pianist Mark Latimer. His latest commission, Two Dragons, is an installation for the Big Pit coalmine in South Wales and is about to have its official opening. The composition refers to the mining communities of Chongqing in Central China and South Wales. It is a digital presentation involving modern jazz, improvisation and folk instruments from both Chinese and Western music traditions, with spoken word in Welsh, English and Mandarin, as well as work by digital artist Alex So.

Latimer is a musician equally at home with classical and jazz repertoire - he first appeared on the programme with his trio, featuring Harold Fisher on drums. Since then he has taken part in many projects and albums, including recitals at two prominent London venues, St John's, Smith Square and the Wigmore Hall.

There is also a concert by Israeli-born drummer Asaf Sirkis given at the Jazzland Club, Swansea. He performs with Tassos Spiliotopoulos on guitar and Yaron Stavi on electric bass.

Playlist:

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Artist: Partisans (Phil Robson - guitar, Julian Siegel - saxes, Thaddeus Kelly - bass, Gene Calderazzo - drums)
Album: By Proxy
Label: Babel BDV 2983
Track: 3
Comp: Julian Siegel
Publ: PRS/MCPS
Dur: 7m09s

Title: Lush Life
Artist: Kurt Elling
Album: Dedicated To You
Label: Concord Jazz 08880 72313149
Track: 5
Comp: Billy Strayhorn
Publ: Billy Strayhorn songs, Inc/State One Songs America
LLC/ASCAP
Dur: 4m23s

Title: Big Pit, Two Dragons (excerpt)
Artist: Mark Latimer
Album: Promo
Label: n/a
Track: n/a
Comp: Mark Latimer
Publ: n/a
Dur: 1m31s

Title: Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Artist: Mark Latimer (piano)
Album: Take # 1
Label: Spotlight Jazz
Track: 4
Comp: Sigmund Romberg
Publ: n/a
Dur: 4m36s

Title: Big Pit, Two Dragons (excerpt)
Artist: Mark Latimer
Album: Promo
Label: n/a
Track: n/a
Comp: Mark Latimer
Publ: n/a
Dur: 2m03s

Title: Send for Me
Artist: Monty Alexander/Lorin Cohen/George Fludas
Album: Calypso Blues - the Songs of Nat King Cole
Label: Chesky SACD 339
Track: 5
Comp: Ollie Jones
Publ: Wednesday Music (BMI)
Dur: 3m51s

Title: The Ups, The Downs
Artist: Alex Hutton/Mike Janisch/Enzo Zirilli
Album: Songs from the Seven Hills
Label: 33 Records 33JAZZ 177
Track: 6
Comp: Alex Hutton
Publ: Alex Hutton
Dur: 3m38s

BBC recording, made at the Swansea Jazzland Club in May 2009
Title: Beatrice
Artist: Asaf Sirkis (drums), Tassos Spiliotopoulos (guitar), Yaron Stavi (bass)
Comp: Sam Rivers
Dur: 9m03s

BBC recording, made at the Swansea Jazzland Club in May 2009
Title: Life Itself
Artist: Asaf Sirkis (drums), Tassos Spiliotopoulos (guitar), Yaron Stavi (bass)
Comp: Asaf Sirkis
Dur: 9m08s

BBC recording, made at the Swansea Jazzland Club in May 2009
Title: The Journey Home
Artist: Asaf Sirkis (drums), Tassos Spiliotopoulos (guitar), Yaron Stavi (bass)
Comp: Asaf Sirkis
Dur: 9m31s

BBC recording, made at the Swansea Jazzland Club in May 2009
Title: Dream
Artist: Asaf Sirkis (drums), Tassos Spiliotopoulos (guitar), Yaron Stavi (bass)
Comp: Asaf Sirkis
Dur: 13m11s

Title: My Little Brown Book
Artist: Stan Tracey, Andrew Cleyndert, Clark Tracey, Guy Barker
Album: Let Them Crevulate
Label: Trio Records TR 573
Track: 5
Comp: Billy Strayhorn
Publ: MCPS
Dur: 5m38s.

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