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Jazz at The Hive





9th JANUARY 2016





Duncan Eagles (saxophones),

Max Luthert (double bass),

Eric Ford (drums),


Benet McLean (violin),

Dave Le Page (violin),

Richard Jones (viola),

Mathew Sharp (cello) tbc.



Ticket prices:  £14, £12 members, £7 under 22s


Take a shot of jazz with a classical twist in this exciting collaboration. The jazz trio Partikel will combine with a string quartet led by Benet McLean, to play music from their highly rated album ‘String Theory’, (Reviews below).  This has been described as ‘… a perfect marriage of two seemingly disparate entities, resulting in an album of richly mellifluous sonority.’ (Roger Farbey, All About Jazz).  Appealing to both jazz and classical fans this fascinating enterprise could not be resisted by us here at SJN and will be a great start for our 2016 season – an event not to be missed and a sure highlight in Shrewsbury’s cultural calendar.  


The following comes from Partikel’s press release:


Partikel will be performing material from String Theory, the ambitious third release from a band that's been playing non-stop the last few years and is largely heralded in the UK as one of the most exciting new groups working in improvised-based music. This latest project sees the band pushing … boundaries by teaming up with four of the most in-demand string players on the UK scene, fusing their love of jazz, rock and world music with the sounds and textures of a string quartet to create a high energy album that merges a bewildering array of unique soundscapes. The string quartet have been integrated seamlessly into Partikel's trademark style of raw emotion and fiercely interactive improvisations, striking an intriguing balance between intensity and rich harmony. It's an excellent example of a band not content with resting on their laurels.


The approach to this album has been very different to the last two albums where the band went through periods of non-stop rehearsing and fine-tuning on arrangements before going into the studio. Says Eagles on the process, "With this album the charts I wrote for the trio were purposefully more open and melodic than previous material and the arrangements were developed through touring with the band, rather than all the rehearsing, which I think gives the trio performance on this album a much more natural and spontaneous dynamic." A great example of what Eagles refers to is the second track “Seeking Shadows” which is a product of their live set. "On that track the band would begin playing freely each show we developed this and discovered more parts that we liked, slowly over time building a structure that now sounds completely composed, but really there was never a chart for this track. When we recorded it in the studio there was still an air of unknown whilst playing the section for the album." The band has also started to incorporate electronic effects into their live set, which they touch upon in the production of this album, giving it a different overall feel from the previous two in that they solely featured the acoustic trio.




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"Inventive contrapuntally - rich arrangements, this excellent experiment represents a perfect marriage of two seemingly disparate entities, resulting in an album of richly mellifluous sonority" All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆☆


"Turbulent avant-riffage, lush, cinematic sophistication... an ambitious project, convincingly realised" JazzWise ☆☆☆☆


"A triumphant third album" MOJO  ☆☆☆☆


"The always stimulating Partikel meets this string section on equal terms. Eagles's tone on his various horns achieves an impressive blend of colours and dynamics. His compositions and arrangements, embracing sinuous, sinewy elegance, spiky funk and languid ballads, repay close attention. It's another intriguing step in the evolution of this talented outfit." BBC Music Magazine ☆☆☆☆


"Definitely the best Partikel album to date... containing plenty of depth, sinewy improvising, and good ideas" Marlbank ☆☆☆☆


"String Theory is one of the most successful jazz / classical collaborations I've heard, a genuinely convincing hybrid.... the album is a brilliant realisation of all the ambitions and objectives Eagles had for the project.... an astonishing performance." Ian Mann ☆☆☆☆


"In balancing Partikel's familiar free jazzy energy with a compositional coherence that draws the textures of the string players and the trio into striking and often unexpectedly seductive accords.... String Theory is an intriguing insight into the depths of their resources"  John Fordham - The Guardian