SymphRONica, residencies at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2019.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
We have received the following press release;
SymphRONica storms into Edinburgh
Canadian pianist Ron Davis returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with SymphRONica, playing a programme that showcases world music melodies played with jazz creativity and classical elan by an eight-piece band
comprising jazz quartet and string quartet.
With his first SymphRONica concert in Toronto, Ron Davis brought a jazz group into the heart of a symphony orchestra. This wasn’t jazz with orchestral accompaniment or jazzed-up classical music but tuneful, inventive music with big grooves and melodies that the audience went away humming.
Now condensed into a mobile, mellifluous octet, SymphRONica captures original compositions, newly reinvigorated jazz standards and folksong melodies from Eastern Europe with energy, pizzazz and grooves that
explore new musical realms across a journey of enjoyment. It’s rich, it’s substantial and above all it’s entertaining, presented with wit, wisdom and irreverence by the classically trained jazz adventurer Davis.
When SymphRONica first appeared on the Fringe in 2016, audiences and media alike responded with enthusiasm to the band’s chamber music panache and jazz dive grit. BBC Radio 3’s In Tune featured them on
three episodes. Subsequent visits to Edinburgh in August, which have included side trips to rave receptions at Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick and the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, have seen the SymphRONica
Appreciation Society’s UK division gather momentum.
With a brand-new album, UpfRONt leading the charge and a line-up that combines Davis’ compatriot, guitarist and musical director, Kevin Barrett with leading Scottish players including drummer Stephen
Henderson (from the Fergus McCreadie Trio and a Jazzwise magazine ‘One to Watch’ in 2018) and violinist and radio presenter Seonaid Aitken,
SymphRONica is set to take Fringe 2019 by storm.
SymphRONica appears at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh from August 6-10 and at theSpace @ Niddry Street from August 12 to 24.
“One of the great minds in jazz!” - Jazz.FM91
**** “enjoyably intimate” – The Scotsman
**** “serious musical ability juxtaposed with wit” – The Herald
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