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Barry Guy New Orchestra

Jez Nelson presents a concert given at London's Cafe Oto by British bassist and composer Barry Guy with his twelve-piece New Orchestra.

British bassist and composer Barry Guy presents his twelve-piece New Orchestra in concert.

Known for his adventurous and demanding writing, Barry Guy's music is highly scored, yet unpredictable in nature - unusual instrumental techniques, sharp-turning textures and thunderous bursts can unhinge the music at any given moment. In controlled sections of improvisation, the composer exploits the talents of experienced free players within the band, including saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Agusti Fernandez, whilst the Baroque violin of Maya Homburger adds a contemporary classical flavour to the performance.

Here in concert at London's Cafe Oto, the New Orchestra perform brand new material, including pieces featuring smaller groupings of players from within the ensemble.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Horace Silver Tribute

    • Horace Silver

      The Cape Verdean Blues

      Composer: Horace Silver

      • The Cape Verdean Blues.
      • Blue Note.
  • New Release

    • Steve Lehman Octet

      Autumn Interlude

      Composer: Steve Lehman

      • Mis en Abime.
      • Pi Recordings.
  • Music writer Daniel Spicer joins Jez in the studio

  • Barry Guy and Johannes Bauer in concert at Cafe Oto, London on 22 May 2014

    • Line up: Barry Guy (double bass); Johannes Bauer (trombone)

    • Barry Guy & Johannes Bauer

      Enceinte Fortifree

      Composer: Barry Guy / Johannes Bauer

  • Daniel Spicer in conversation with Barry Guy

  • Barry Guy and Maya Homburger in concert at Cafe Oto, London on 22 May 2014

    • Line up: Barry Guy (double bass); Maya Homburger (baroque violin)

    • Barry Guy & Maya Homburger

      Rondo For Nine Birds

      Composer: Barry Guy

  • Barry Guy explains his piece 'Radio Rondo'

  • Barry Guy New Orchestra in concert at Cafe Oto, London on 22 May 2014

    • Line up: Barry Guy (double bass); Agustí Fernández (piano); Evan Parker (saxophones);

    • Jürg Wickihalder (saxophones); Per Texas Johansson (saxophones); Hans Koch (bass clarinet); Herb Robertson (trumpet);

    • Johannes Bauer (trombone); Per Åke Holmlander (tuba); Paul Lytton (percussion); Raymond Strid (percussion)

    • Barry Guy New Orchestra

      Radio Rondo

      Composer: Barry Guy

  • Avant Big Band Tracks Selection by Daniel Spicer

    • Szilard Mezei International Improvisers' Ensemble

      Kereg/Bark

      Composer: Szilard Mezei

      • Karszt.
    • Shiggajon

      B Part 2

      • Asconema EP.
      • Chironex.
    • Sun Ra

      Sea Of Sounds

      Composer: Sun Ra

      • Space Is The Place.
      • Evidence Records.
    • Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestras

      Pasiphae Gives Birth to the Minotaur

      Composer: Rob Mazurek

      • Matter Anti-Matter.
      • Rogue Art.

Barry Guy New Orchestra

Barry Guy New Orchestra
Photo by Manfred Rinderspacher

Barry Guy New Orchestra

Barry Guy New Orchestra
Photo by Werner Krepper

'Rondo For Nine Birds' Score

'Rondo For Nine Birds' Score
As performed by Barry Guy and Maya Homburger

Daniel Spicer and Barry Guy

Daniel Spicer and Barry Guy
In the Jazz on 3 recording truck

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