Thursday, 17 January 2013

Buster Birch Quartet (music)

Buster Birch Quartet (photo by Matt Booker)
There's something a bit different planned for February's jazz night at the Underground Theatre. In a music/film crossover performance, The Buster Birch Quartet will be playing along to silent films to enhance the mood of the scenes.

I've seen Buster Birch drum before, with the Latin jazz band Heads South, and he is also a member of Branco Stoysin who played at the Underground recently. His Quartet includes saxophonist Jo Fooks, pianist Jim Treweek and bass player Pete Ringrose. Their first set will be played to a selection of short films, each of which has been created especially for the music it accompanies. Tunes will be jazz standards from great artistes such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Bill Evans. 

The second set is the one that gives the show it's title, Buster Plays Buster (do you see what they did there?). The Buster Keaton 1924 pre-talkie film ‘Sherlock Junior’ will be shown and accompanied with tunes from the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Harold Arlen, Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter. The film lasts around 45 minutes and, although each tune is timed to illustrate a certain scene, there is still plenty of room for improvisation.

Underground Theatre, Fri 8th Feb, 20:00.
Tickets £11 (£10 members/students), available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Underground and the Tourist Information Centre.

1 comment:

  1. Very much enjoyed the Buster Plays Buster project which made for a great evening's entertainment. The first half is an informative tour of nine outstanding musicians and, as a relative jazz beginner, I appreciated the subtitled details of their lives projected with vintage footage behind the live quartet.
    The second half was great fun. The Buster Keaton film has many breathtaking moments and the jazz music added perfectly to the atmosphere of the movie.
    I would be happy to go to Buster Plays Buster again and, having heard Buster Birch mention this as the start of his project, I will be looking out for more in this vein to come.