Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra
This article is from 2009.
The second of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra’s two concerts turns from familiar ground with Duke Ellington into rather more uncharted waters. Robert Burns has been even more ubiquitous than usual in the course of this 250th anniversary year, but this project gives a new twist to the celebration.
Pianist David Milligan, a man equally well-versed in jazz and folk music, was commissioned to produce a piece for jazz orchestra to mark the anniversary. The result, Sylvander & Clarinda: A Song Cycle for Scots Song and Jazz Orchestra, premieres in this concert.
As co-director of The Unusual Suspects, Milligan is already comfortable with the idea of piloting a genre-busting large ensemble and his arrangements for the band should be fascinating. The job of singing the songs will fall to three Scottish singers, Corrina Hewat, Annie Grace and Karine Polwart. They are best known in the folk world, but also have distinct crossover tendencies, and should be well-placed to take on this unique challenge.
Queen’s Hall, 668 3456, 8 Aug, 8.30pm, £19.50, £16.