About the event

Tuesday, July 31, 7 pm
St Catherine’s Church (30 Vilniaus St, Vilnius)

BYRON WALLEN (trumpet, keyboards, Great Britain, Belize)
Guest Artist ESKA (vocals, Zimbabwe/Great Britain)
ROB LUFT (guitar, Great Britain)
PAUL MICHAEL (bass, Great Britain)
ROD YOUNGS (percussion, USA)

Trumpet player, composer and producer Byron Wallen is coming to Lithuania heading the line-up of his dazzling Four Corners band. His international adventures into straight-ahead and world jazz have taken his name and music afar. For Byron’s fourth album, Meeting Ground (2007), featuring Gnawa master musician Boujemma Boubul, he received nominations for Best Band and Best Album in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards and Best Jazz Act in the 2007 MOBO Awards. He has been playing alongside legendary musicians such as Andrew Hill, Mulatu Astatke, George Benson, Red Snapper, Jack Dejohnette and King Sunny Ade, and is one of the creators of the Game of Thrones’ series soundtrack. The other members of the group, percussionist Rod Youngs and bass player Paul Michael regularly play with the brightest jazz stars. While the young (24) guitarist Rob Luft is already today being compared to legends such as John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Paco De Lucia.
Byron is bringing with him as a guest artist one of the best singers and multi-instrumentalists in Great Britain, Eska Mtungwazi, who was bestowed with a wonderful talent that was revealed with all its power on her debut album ESKA. Nominated for the prestigious Mercury Award, astonishing the musical world with her voice and work, this special guest artist is sure to delight the Christopher Festival’s audiences.
The performers have put together a program that is a mix of soul, jazz and folk music elements, playing original compositions from their forthcoming album and songs from the well-loved American songbook.

Program features D. Ellington, T. Monk and B. Strayhorn, plus original works by B. Wallen and Eska

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