JUL 01] COVENTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Jazz Festival Unmasked
Jazz Festival is to host a UK premiere by Colin Towns’ Mask
Orchestra in August.
Mask Orchestra’s Kurt Weill arrangements have never before
been heard in the UK and will be played for the first time as
part of Coventry Jazz Festival at the city’s Belgrade Theatre
on 25 August.
powerful and dramatic one–off performance will contain an hour
of specially arranged Kurt Weill pieces – including jazz
standards such as Mack the Knife and Speak Low.
line-up for the Orchestra contains some of the most exciting
jazz soloists in the country including, Henry Lowther, Guy
Barker, Mark Nightingale, Peter King, Alan Skidmore, Julian
Arguelles, John Paricelli and Paul Clarvis.
year the NDR band in Germany asked me to rearrange Kurt Weill
pieces for a CD and also for concerts. It is a great honour
that the Coventry Festival have made it possible for the Mask
Orchestra to perform this music in England for the first
second hour of the Mask Orchestra’s set will consist of
previously unreleased Mask Orchestra tracks and pieces from the
‘Dreaming Man with Blue Suede Shoes’ album.
Towns started his career as a film and TV composer. The death of
his wife Jan from cancer spurred him on to realise his ambition
to write for a jazz orchestra, resulting in his work with the
Mask Orchestra is one of the acts booked for the six-day
Coventry Jazz Festival (22-27 August) which also includes
Courtney Pine, Tommy Smith, Tim Garland and Kenny Ball.
the third year Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions have
organised the festival together with a group of local jazz
programmes and festival tickets are available from Coventry
Tourist Information Centre 024 7622 7264, email email@example.com.
Mask Orchestra tickets call the Belgrade Box Office on 024 7655