JAZZ AT GUILDFORD CRICKET CLUB PAVILION
Wednesday October 6th
NICOLAS MEIER WORLD GROUP
& PRE CONCERT TALK IN ASSOCIATION WITH GUILDFORD BOOK FESTIVAL
“INDIAN SUN: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF RAVI SHANKAR”
PRESENTED BY OLIVER CRASKE
With option of supper from Mandira’s Kitchen served to your table.
About the Band
Richard Jones violin
Kevin Glasgow bass
Demi Garcia percussion
Nicolas Meier fretted & fretless nylon string guitars and glissentar
In just a few short years, UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern and Middle Eastern music, flamenco, tango and more – all mixed with jazz – his versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that… so much so that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend Jeff Beck who has since made Nicolas a mainstay in the Jeff Beck Group, taking him on two world tours over the past several years.
Meier originally hails from Switzerland. Born in 1973 to parents who are great lovers of the arts, with wide-ranging musical tastes extending to the classical, jazz, Latin, flamenco, rock, and even pop genres. A true gipsy spirit with a disciplined maestro’s touch, Nicolas has embraced a number of different cultures and studied their music forms, nuances and idiosyncrasies.
Having made a lasting impression on gentlemen like Jeff Beck, Bill Bruford and Steve Vai – to name just a few – Nicolas Meier is unquestionably one of today’s most well-rounded, ambitious, masterful up-and-coming talents on guitar.
Nicolas Meier World Group’s new album Peaceful features the talented Demi Garcia on percussion, Richard Jones on violin and Kevin Glasgow on bass. Together they capture the beautiful colours of the different folk sounds they incorporate in the world compositions written by Nicolas. They will make you dream and travel.
“Technically dazzling and genuinely exciting” – Jazzman review of Live, June 2020
PRE-CONCERT TALK: OLIVER CRASKE
The concert will be preceded by a talk from Oliver Craske, author of Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar, with an introduction to the incredible world of Indian music and culture that Ravi Shankar did so much to bring into people’s lives in this country from the 1950s onwards. This story is told partly through some of those Ravi influenced, such as The Beatles, John Coltrane, Yehudi Menuhin and Nitin Sawhney, and through his remarkable personal story – from child star in Paris to legendary appearances at Monterey Pop and Woodstock Festivals, and far more. Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar was published by Faber & Faber in 2020, and was nominated as a Book of the Year in The Times, The Spectator, Times Literary Supplement, Library Journal and BBC Music.
“FAR PAVILIONS” PRE-CONCERT MEAL
Supper from Mandira’s Kitchen is available for pre-order!
Veg Samosas with Tamarind Chutney
(Crispy handmade pastry filled with spiced potatoes)
(Fragrant basmati rice, spices and cranberries – as served in the Iranian cafes of Bombay)
Chicken (or Paneer) Rezala
(A delicately spiced dish made made with poppy seeds, maceand whole spices – from the royal kitchen of Lucknow)
(Smoky black lentils – a real Delhi favourite)
Meals are £10, please pre-order with your ticket booking