“a soundtrack to getting lost in the stars” ★★★★1/2 Downbeat
” translucently beautiful” ★★★★ The Guardian
“career-defining moment for Sheppard” ★★★★ Jazzwise
“poignant serenity” f f f f Télérama
“lyrical flair with an ethereal tone” Financial Times
“a quiet masterpiece” London Jazz News
“titanic power with ineffable beauty” Jazz Times
“beautiful crafts and a vision to capture the ineffable” Aftenposten
“lyrical magic” BR Klassic
Described as “one of the year’s most affecting albums” (Jazz Times) Andy Sheppard Quartet Surrounded by Sea, the saxophonist third ECM album, embarks on a European Tour this February with dates in Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Sweden and Poland.
Mestre (Italy), Bolzano (Italy) , Zürich (Switzerland), Sandvika (Norway), Salzburg (Austria), Lund (Sweden), Warsaw (Poland), Vienna (Austria), Dornbirn (Austria), Molde (Norway)
The elegantly poised textures of Andy Sheppard’s new quartet – given a haunting, other-worldly presence by the electronic soundscapes of guitarist Eivind Aarset – mark a striking new direction for this most lyrically gifted of improvisers.
Andy Sheppard’s first leader date for ECM was the 2008 recording Movements In Colour (where Eivind Aarset was one of the featured guitarists). His second project for the label introduced Trio Libero – a freely lyrical trio with Michel Benita and Sebastian Rochford where all three players share a sense of stylistic open-mindedness.
Sheppard can also be heard with Carla Bley and Steve Swallow on Trios (ECM 2287, recorded 2012), and on ten of Carla Bley’s albums on the ECM distributed WATT label, beginning with Fleur Carnivore in 1988. Sheppard has previously recorded as a leader for Island/Antilles, Blue Note, Verve, Label Bleu and Provocateur, written music for ensembles of every size including his Saxophone Massive project with up to 200 players, and been featured as soloist with great jazz composers and arrangers including George Russell and Gil Evans.
This tour features works from his new album, Surrounded by Sea (ECM) and sees Andy joined by Eivind Aarset (guitar and electronics), Michel Benita (bass) and Michele Rabbia (drums).