Guitar virtuoso-fronted ensemble experiment in jazz, classical and world
This article is from 2008.
A short bus ride heading eastwards and in no time at all the crowds ease as the coastal community of Musselburgh comes in sight with its handy bus stop just outside the honest toun’s Brunton Hall. Appearing here with special guest singer, Daisy Chute of All Angels fame, the ensemble Camerata Ritmata debuts a unique, new programme that mixes classical, experimental, jazz and world music like no other. Led by guitar virtuoso Simon Thacker, there is, he says, ‘everything from Billie Holliday and Cuban to modern arrangements of Led Zeppelin.’ An award-winning classical guitarist, Thacker originally formed Camerata Ritmata as an outlet for performing other types of music that were equally part of his musical psyche. With Edinburgh-born Chute on board, that now extends to jazz and popular singing as well as classical and jazz instrumentals. As Thacker explains, ‘The common thread is the instrumentation and the people who are performing it.’
Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, 665 2240, Sat 23, 7.30pm, £14 (£12).