Glasgow based saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski joins forces with fellow Scottish compatriot pianist/arranger Euan Stevenson in launching their award winning, genre-bending musical adventure 'New Focus' on Whirlwind Recordings Ltd.

 

New Focus Quartet featured on BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line Up


 
Top 50 Albums of 2012 (All Genres)
  • The Herald
Best Albums of 2012 (Critics' List)
  • The Jazz Breakfast

Nominated for Scotttish Album of The Year 2013


 

 

Featuring a unique amalgamation of classical string quartet meets jazz quartet plus harp, 'New Focus' showcases a cinematic soundscape of through-composed melodies meeting cutting edge improvisation, drawing upon influences from across the musical spectrum.

This hefty nine-piece ensemble excitedly features The Glasgow String Quartet, (comprising some of the finest virtuosos from The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Scotland's leading string quartet), alongside Stevenson on piano leading the first call drum and bass team of Alyn Cosker (drums) and Michael Janisch (bass), Wiszniewski at the helm on saxophones, and Alina Bzhezhinska on harp.

Stevenson's tight knit arrangements offer concise, pleasing trajectories, preserving the original sentiment of each composition, enriching them with ever changing soundscapes of strings and harp. Wiszniewski's tone (capable of sounding as sweet as Getz or as plaintive as Coltrane) tells parables of Polish ancestry while the arranger's own crystalline piano laments for pit closures in a northern mining town. A powerhouse rhythm team (Michael Janisch, Alyn Cosker) provides a counterfoil, never allowing the music to become sentimental.

This is music at its resourceful best; borrowing the harmonies and sonorities of the classical world, the tone poetry of Scottish Folk, the directness of pop, and all mixed with the bustling edginess of jazz rhythms and improvisation. Duke Ellington famously quipped that there were only two categories of music - good and bad. New Focus most definitely belongs to the former. 

 

 

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Dates 2016

31st Jan - New Focus Quartet

  • The Tron Bar, Glasgow 2pm

25th Feb - New Focus Duo

  • Pizza Express, Glasgow

24th April - New Focus Duo

  • Torphichen Music Society

8th May- New Focus Duo

  • Strathhaven Choir

22nd June - New Focus Album Launch

  • Glasgow International Jazz Festival

9th July - New Focus Duo

  • Royal Crescent, Edinburgh

20th August - New Focus quartet

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival

28th August - New Focus Quartet

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival

9th Sept - New Focus Duo

  • The Swallow Theatre, Wigtown

17th sept - New Focus Duo

  • Criaglockhart Church, Edinburgh

3rd NOV - New Focus Quartet

  • The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen

 

Dates 2015

25th Jan - New Focus Trio with Special Guest Stephen Duffy

  • The Tron, Glasgow

28th Feb - New Focus Quartet Supporting Ravi Coltrane

1st March - New Focus Quartet Supporting Ravi coltrane

2nd march - new focus quartet supporting ravi coltrane

4th march - New focus Duo

  • Mavisbank School

12th march- New focus Duo

  • Merchants Hall, Glasgow 1pm

28th march - New focus quartet

  • Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

1st may - new focus duo

  • Woodend Barn, Banchory

28th June - New Focus Quartet

plus special guest Korey Riker

19th July - New Focus Trio

  • Altachorvie Hotel, Isle of Arran

12th September - New Focus Quartet

     8th October - New Focus Quartet

    The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen

     

     

     

     

     


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