The Festival headline concert features ECM recording artist and internationally recognised saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy, playing big band arrangements of a broad selection of his work from over the last thirty years of his career.

With arrangements by Malcolm Edmonstone, Head of Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and performed with the Guildhall Big Band under the directorship of Scott Stroman.

Listed in the BBC’s publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’ between Count Basie and Chet Baker, Iain Ballamy’s work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references and yet un-encumbered by formality and tradition. Over three decades spent transcending musical genres and stereotypes and by forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, Ballamy has worked with many cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary Jazz scene. He was presented with the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2001 and in 2007 was the first Jazz musician to receive the prestigious Paul Hamlyn composer’s award.

Iain has appeared in clubs worldwide and at most important Jazz festivals including Berlin, North Sea, Saarfelden, Montreux, Montreal, Vancouver, and Florence etc, and has appeared on 70 CD releases as both a leader and sideman. Highlights of a career spanning over 30 years include playing with Loose Tubes, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, Kenny Werner, Gil Evans, George Coleman, The Karnataka College of Percussion, John Taylor, and many more..

In demand as an educator, Ballamy is a visiting professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Leeds College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music who made him and Hon ARAM in 2014.

The evening's concert will begin with a pre-concert talk, as Iain Ballamy is joined on stage by Bill Bruford, the patron of Guildford Jazz and legendary drummer from Yes, King Crimson and Genesis, to chat about Earthworks tonight's concert and life in between. This will be followed at 8pm by a short comfort break before the evening's performance at 8.15pm.

More Info: Iain Ballamy In Concert: 21st Century Pastoral

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