ABOUT NEW FOCUS
"Luscious moments as jazz quartet and string quartet entwine...a highly organic and lyrical collaboration"
- The Scotsman ****
"This is perfect festival fare: rich arrangements, memorable themes, fine playing and a unique mix of jazz, classical and folk..."
- London Jazz
Saxophones / Konrad Wiszniewski
Piano / Euan Stevenson
Bass / Andrew Robb
Drums / Alyn Cosker
The Glasgow String Quartet
Flute / Nicola Wiszniewska
Harp / Alina Bzhezhinska
22nd January - New focus Quartet Support for the Afro Cuban Allstars @ Celtic Connections, Glasgow Concert hall
17th February - New Focus Duo @ Craiglockheart Church, Edinburgh - 7:30pm
3rd March - New Focus Nonet @ The Institute, New Lanark Music Society
11th March - New Focus Duo @ Dunfermline Music Guild
14th April - New Focus Quartet @ St James, Leith
13th May - New Focus Quartet @ Merchants House, Glasgow
27th May - New Focus Duo @ Lythe Arts Centre, Caithness
2nd June - New Focus Duo @ Linlithgow Jazz Club
27th January- Inverurie Jazz Club - SOLD OUT!
18th March - Jazz @ Hospitalfield, Arbroath - SOLD OUT!
31st March - Birnam Arts Centre
8th April - Nairn Arts Centre
May 20: SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye - SOLD OUT!
26th May - The Tolbooth, Striling
2nd June - Glasgow University Lunchtime recital - SOLD OUT!
14th June - Kew Gardens, London
15th June - Greenock Arts Centre
22nd July - Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, The Rose Theatre
16th August - New Focus Quartet @ Ronnie Scotts, London
17th August - New Focus Quartet @ Ronnie Scotts, London
18th August - New Focus Quartet @ The Crypt, London
29th August - New Focus @ the BBC Quay sessions
20th October - New Focus Quartet @ Wakefield Jazz Club, Yorkshire
22nd October - New Focus Quartet @ Whighams Jazz Club, Edinburgh
23rd October - New Focus Nonet @ Biggar Festival, Biggar
5-12 November - tour of Ohio USA
18th November - New Focus Quartet @ Altachorvie, Isle of Arran
19th November - New Focus Quartet @ The Tron Sunday Jazz, Glasgow
30th November - New Focus Duo @ The Catstrand, New Galloway
4th April - Torphican Summer Nights series
8th May- Strathaven Choir Concert
22nd June - Support for Fly Trio @ The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow 7:30pm
9th July - Edinburgh House Concert
11th July - Kelburn, Largs
20th August - Edinburgh Festival Fringe @ The Jazz Bar 8:30pm (Quartet)
28th August - Edinburgh Festival Fringe @ The Jazz Bar 7pm (Quartet)
9th September - The Swallow Theatre, Wigton (Duo)
16th September - Cupar Music Club (Duo)
17th September - Craiglockhart Parish Hall, Edinburgh (Duo)
18th September - Eyemouth Hippodrome (Duo)
1st October - Southbank Centre, London, Live BBC Radio 3 Broadcast (Quartet)
8th October - Gartmore Music Club (Quartet)
15th October - The Old Parish Church, Falkirk (Quartet)
3rd November - The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (Quartet)
“Another impressive offering from the team of Stevenson & Wiszniewski…lush, rich colours and textures…if anything the synthesis between the three different strands of jazz, classical and folk is even more successful this time round”.
- The Jazz Mann
“Stevenson channels those Satie, Debussy and Ravel influences…his writing is consistently inventive and imaginative but always unfailingly melodic…a highly accomplished piece of work with the potential for considerable cross genre appeal.”
- The Jazz Mann
“Acoustic jazz roots with a rush of strings…tuneful melodies and lyrical improvisation”
- Mike Hobart, Financial Times
“powerfully inventive and melodic music”
- ****The Scotsman
"Here's proof from Scotland that the quest for the thinking person's fusion still offers no end of possibilities...Wiszniewski and Stevenson have sculpted a clutch of concise, hauntingly original pieces"
- The Sunday Times
“Fresh and interesting…sensuous, almost lush, and certainly engaging, well away from the routine…evocative of the best of movie music, varied and resolutely individual, the jazz sensibilities overlaid by a rather pleasing command of art music compositional concepts”
"The inspiration is sax legend Stan Getz's famous 1961 album Focus, and the comparably tender-toned Wiszniewski and gracefully grooving Stevenson have written a set of appropriately lyrical originals, with the band likewise augmented by strings ensemble and harp."
- The Guardian
“Stevenson’s dazzling jazz piano…Wiszniewski’s soprano tirades scales the heights.”
- Be Bop Spoken Here
“There’s something truly special going on in the musical minds of saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and arranger, composer and pianist, Euan Stevenson...Original music that exists virtually in a world of its own...What’s so thrilling about listening to this nonet is the way all the parts move and work together, creating a melodic, harmonic and rhythmical swell that’s aesthetically pleasing and then some but also, in essence, just plain damned heart-lifting."
- ***** The Herald
“Wiszniewski has a ravishingly beautiful tone and Stevenson’s scores for string quartet, harp and rhythm section amount to much more than mere accompaniment. Combining jazz and classical idioms is a tricky business, but this succeeds splendidly.”
- **** The Observer
"An excellent new album"
- The Independent
"Stevenson’s intelligent and skilfully crafted arrangements and orchestrations go beyond a simple amalgam of jazz and classical music, creating instead a genuinely organic blend that is a constant pleasure. Wiszniewski’s sensuous saxophone shines on every tune and the rhythm section of Michael Janisch and Alyn Cosker are alive to each textural and dynamic nuance."
- **** The Scotsman
"Stevenson confirms himself as a composer and arranger of great style, as well as a pianist with an elegant, coolly considered improviser's touch, and while Wiszniewski's saxophone talents have been conspicuous for some time, his playing here, always inventive, always soulfully communicative, puts him firmly in the international class."
- ***** The Herald