KONRAD WISZNIEWSKI/EUAN STEVENSON DUO
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Modern jazz is a label that often arouses suspicion, its sometime exclusive image and self indulgence frightening or irritating. It's a rare thing then when two Scottish jazz musicians, saxophonist/composer Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist/composer Euan Stevenson, collaborate to create joyous music that by contrast is "lush, modern and brilliantly accessible" BBC Radio Scotland. Blending jazz with classical and Scottish folk influences, they create and perform original music that is clever, witty (and serious) but above all "plain damned heart-lifting." The Herald, 5 stars
Equally comfortable in any given workshop setting, their obvious enthusiasm for all genres make them hugely versataile, adaptable and engaging to people of all ages, levels and musical backgrounds whether they be novice, amateur or seasoned pro. As well as their own compositions, the pair are able to draw upon a vast repertoire ranging from well known classical pieces and jazz standards to folk or contemporary pop tunes. For example, in demonstrating to a largely classical audience that almost all Western music from the time of J.S Bach onwards shares the same harmonic language (and that only the rhythmic elements differ), a dazzling improvisation on Liszt's Liebestraum is played in a Romantic style before being given the full "Errol Garner treatment"!
When not touring with the award winning quartet Brass Jaw ("Ensemble Of The Year" 2011 Parliamentary Jazz Awards) or the world renowned Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Konrad teaches saxophones at Erskine Stewart's Melville School, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Strathclyde University as well as tutoring on The Napier Jazz Summer School and NYJOS Summer School.
Alongside their own critically acclaimed compositions, the pair are able to draw upon a vast repertoire of jazz standards, improvising on themes by composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. They also improvise on popular classical themes, well-known film themes, pop and folk tunes.
Testimonials and quotes:
Both the guys put on a fantastic series of workshops in Stornoway for mixed ages ranging from 9 to 60 years old. All the repertoire for the performance was taught without music - a new experience for most of the students, who are classically trained - even the arrangements were created in real time during the performance. The outcome was that all members reached a level of musicality which they had seldom (if ever) approached before.The concert had a profound affect on those who participated and those who listened. I cannot praise more highly the work the two did for us and we have already started making arrangements for their second visit. Thank you for recommending them to us.
Gavin Woods (Stornoway YMI Jazz Project)
“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...plain damned heart-lifting."
5 Stars, The Herald
- "Combining jazz and classical idioms is a tricky business, but this succeeds splendidly.”
4 Stars, The Observer
4 Stars, Tim Stenhouse UK Vibe Online Culture Magazine
- "An outstanding set of arrangements and execution of music from an extremely talented duo".
- "Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson’s collaboration: A joyous
celebration of all that is best about jazz" The Scotsman