Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Jazz Trio Concert @ Acapela Studio 9th May 2015 Violin - Vocals - Harp

Gypsy & Swing Jazz Trio Concert

Saturday 9 May 2015 
Starts 7.30pm
Acapela Studio 
Pentyrch, Cardiff, CF15 9QD

Ben Creighton Griffiths  (harp)
with special guests 

Adrien Chevalier (violin)

Tatiana Eva-Marie (vocals)

Tickets £9 / £12

Box Office 
Tel: 08448 700887
click to buy tickets on line at www.acapela.co.uk

Ben and Adrien first met in October 2013 when they performed together in a number of concerts in Guadeloupe and Martinique as part of Journées Internationales de la harpe dans la Caraïbe and they are delighted to be performing together again here in South Wales and this time to be joined by jazz singer Tatiana Eva-Marie.

During the evening Adrien, Tatiana, and Ben will present a varied programme of improvised jazz, ranging from traditional swing standards to French gypsy, and modern and electronic jazz & funk.

Ben Creighton Griffiths. Ben’s fourteen years as a harpist has been an incredible journey. It has taken him across three continents to perform at many prestigious festivals, from the exotic locations of Rio and the Caribbean, to World Harp Congresses in Vancouver and Amsterdam. He has traveled across Europe performing in France, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Croatia, Hungry, and most recently the Czech Republic. He has made TV appearances for the BBC, ITV, S4C, O Globo (Brazil), performed for Prince Charles, performed concertos and other works with orchestras and choirs. He is now in great demand for teaching jazz workshops and courses here and abroad.

Adrien Chevalier is a violinist and composer from Avignon, in the South of France, classically trained at the Avignon Conservatory. After discovering a passion for jazz and Gypsy music, he went on to study with jazz violin master Didier Lockwood in Paris. His style is reminiscent of Stéphane Grappelli but also greatly influenced by klezmer, tango and Balkanic music.

Currently based in New York City, Adrien Chevalier is the founder and band leader of the Hot Club of New York and the Avalon Jazz Band, who have performed extensively in New York City and around the United States. He has performed with noteworthy musicians, such as Stéphane Wrembel, Adrien Moignard, Michael Valeanu, Gordon Webster, Brandi DisterheftBria Skonberg, Molly Ryan, Jérémy Bruyère, Leah Zeger,Tatiana Eva-Marie…

Adrien Chevalier can be heard several times a week in many great venues around New York City, such as Matisse, Fada, The Lambs Club, Radegast Hall, Apotheke, Beaumarchais, Domaine, the Manderley bar, the Standart Hotel…

Tatiana Eva-Marie is a singer and actress living in New York City. She is the lead singer of the Gypsy-French Avalon Jazz Band and is currently developing a project inspired by her Romanian and Yiddish musical roots. She has shared the stage with renowned performers such as Nellie McKay, Marilyn Maye and Norah Jones.

Past shows include The Rainbow Room Opening Night, The Carlyle, “Tatiana’s Swing Caravan” and “Do You Zazou?” at Joe’s Pub, the New York Hot Jazz Festival, The Salon at the Empire Rooftop, the New York Botanical Garden, concerts for the French Ambassador in Washington DC on Bastille Day, the New York City Opera gala at the Plaza, private concerts for the Prince of Saudi Arabia, opening night of George Clooney’s “Monuments Men”.

Tatiana Eva-Marie frequently guest stars with Gordon Webster & Friends. Past shows include the Frankie Manning Tribute festival in Toronto, the London Lindy Exchange, the Catalina Swing Dance Festival and the Canadian Swing Championships.

When in New York, she performs regularly in clubs, speakeasies and restaurants around the city, such as The Lambs Club, Apotheke, The National Arts Club, Le Cirque, The Soho Grand Hotel, The Standard Hotel, the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel (home of Sleep No More)… Visit the shows page for detailed information.

Tatiana Eva-Marie has had the pleasure of being accompanied by some of the greatest musicians of our time, such as Nicki Parrot,Adrien Chevalier, Caroline Bugala, Dan Levinson, Will Anderson, Adrian Cunningham, Oran Etkin, Bria Skonberg, Gordon Webster,Thomas Enhco, Brad Whiteley, Michael Valeanu, Richard Padron, Randy Napoleon, Olli Soikkeli, Adrien Moignard, Vinny Raniolo, Samuel Strouk, Jérémy Bruyère, Brandi Disterheft, Or Bareket…

Jazz Fest @ Edinburgh International Harp Festival

"Jazz Fest" @ Edinburgh International Harp Festival 
 Sunday April 12th, 7:30 pm
 Tickets: £14.50 (full) £12.50 (conc) £7.00 (16) - Further info at Festival web site
Amanda Whiting - The Whiting on the Wall Trio / Ben Creighton Griffiths

These wonderful jazz harpists, both from Cardiff, will each be performing their own styles of jazz in separate sets during the concert.

Ben Creighton Griffiths has been earning an enviable reputation as a jazz artist both locally and abroad, and will perform a varied jazz set – from Funk to Latin – featuring his own compositions as well as his own interpretations of some famous jazz standards. During his electro-acoustic jazz set you will hear (and see) him use a wide variety of special effects and technology which enables him to create a unique modern sound.

“You are a brilliantly talented young man. You will discover many things for the next era of the harp. Congratulations on your spectacular performance.” – Ray Pool, on YouTube.

Amanda Whiting with her trio The Whiting on the Wall make their first performance at EIHF. This jazz trio of Amanda (harp), Deej Williams (bass) and Tony Robinson (drums) met while studying at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff in 2011. They will perform music from Piazzolla, Ellington and Hubbard, amongst other greats, creating a mesmerising sound which transports you between a foot tapping groove to a chilled vibe. They have recently released their CD Butterflies with another in the pipe line. 

“A fresh new sound that transports you to afternoons of sunshine” – Roger Warbuton