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Oxley-Meier Guitar Project

EFG London Jazz Festival 2017

Venue: Culford Room at Cadogan Hall

Performers

Pete Oxley
guitar
Nicolas Meier
guitar

With this gig the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project begins its second extensive tour of the year promoting its new double-album, The Colours Of Time – a development from their previous release, Chasing Tales. On both of these albums, Oxley and Meier shared writing duties throughout, bringing to the fore their diverse influences and interests in ‘orchestrating’ various guitars.

When playing live, they aim to recreate their broad palette of sounds, bringing at least ten differing guitars with them (nylon 7-string, steel string, fretless, 11-string fretless, sitar-guitar, 12 string, etc.). Having clocked up hundreds of concerts together throughout the UK and Europe over the last five years, they perform with an almost uncanny empathy in their interplay. Expect the unexpected: lush and scintillating soundscapes ranging from Turkey to Brazil!

“When it comes to empathy, this duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection” (The Observer ★★★★)

“[The Colours of Time] is a wonderful example of the high level of music that can be made by combining two great guitarists/composers/improvisers such as Pete and Nicolas. They have put together a feast of virtuosity, delivered with depth, wit and joy.” (Ralph Towner)

“Two masterly guitarists creating an array of changing moods.”
(Daily Telegraph – Best Jazz Albums Of 2015 ★★★★)

“The music always communicates with a feeling of spontaneity, passion and enjoyment.” (Herald Scotsman)


Pete Oxley
Pete began his musical career in Paris in the mid ‘80s before relocating to the UK in 1997. Shortly afterwards he opened The Spin jazz club in Oxford which in 2012 won the Parliamentary jazz award as ‘The Best Jazz Venue In The UK’. Pete regularly performs with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Chris Garrick, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’Higgins, Bobby Wellins, John Etheridge and his own band Curious Paradise. He has now released 14 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his original compositions. As a composer, Pete was recently selected as one of only a handful of British jazz musicians to have his compositions included in the definitive European Real Book (Sher Music).

Nicolas Meier
With his unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nick has toured extensively around the world with his band the Meier Group, sharing the bill with some of the biggest names in jazz including Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau. This wonderful band (featuring sax maestro Gilad Atzmon) won the overall prize for ‘best band’ at the Juan-les-Pins jazz festival! His recent album Kismet is a wonderful heady mixture of Flamenco, jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern music. His prodigious jazz talent is matched by his other great passion: playing heavy metal guitar in his scorching group Seven7. Nick was, for the last three years, guitarist in guitar supremo Jeff Beck’s band, with whom he toured all over the world, performing at major venues and festivals. He has recently recorded a stunning album with the A-lister rhythm section of Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) and Vinnie Coliauta (Sting, Frank Zappa etc.).

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Concert Duration:
approx. 2 hours (incl. 30 min interval)

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