Music Network presents Andy Sheppard with Shakespeare Songs

Andy Sheppard performs at South Bank Centre - 24/11/13
Music Network presents

Savour the honeyed tones of saxophonist Andy Sheppard, performing music inspired by characters from Shakespeare in a sparkling dialogue with French pianist Guillaume de Chassy and drummer Christophe Marguet, presented by Music Network.

’The great English poet of the saxophone’, jazz virtuoso Andy Sheppard joins forces with drummer Christophe Marguet and pianist Guillaume de Chassy in a musical journey across Shakespeare’s world. Part-improvised and part-written, the music draws inspiration from Renaissance composers Thomas Morley and William Byrd, with the trio unfolding an extraordinary palette of sounds to conjure up everything from star-crossed lovers and brooding Danish princes to the rustling advance of Birnam Wood.

West Country saxophone colossus Andy Sheppard has composed over 350 works and collaborated with artists as varied as percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, violinist L. Shankar, pianist Joanna MacGregor, songwriter John Martyn and a myriad of leading jazz figures, including Carla Bley, George Russell and the late Gil Evans. De Chassy and Marguet, who share writing duties on the project, have between them collaborated with such luminaries as Paul Motian, Mark Murphy, Enrico Rava, Buddy de Franco, Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield and Evan Parker.
[blockquote_right]16th March 2016 at 8pm
in The Main Space[/blockquote_right]
Andy Sheppard, saxophones
Guillaume de Chassy, piano
Christophe Marguet, drums

A completely enticing jazz-meets-Shakespeare show” – The Guardian, on Shakespeare Songs

An ability to make even the simplest melodic fragments sound profound and beautiful” – The Jazz Mann, on Andy Sheppard

A magical performance” – The Jazz Breakfast, on Shakespeare Songs

A truly gorgeous piece of music-making” – Jazzwise, on Andy Sheppard’s Trio Libero

A prodigious talent” – The Independent (UK), on Andy Sheppard


Music Network is Ireland’s national music touring and development agency, and was founded in 1986 by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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