Fresh back from NZ and it’s kicking in … BIG TIME! Everybody involved with our modest little Chaser Productions set-up is hyped with the imminent performance of Sacred Music – Sacred Spaces: A Re-envisioning of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’.
Sacred Music – Sacred Spaces has been on the back burner gently bubbling away for a couple of years now. I’m pretty sure people that who know me are tired of me going on about it. However, at long last, on June 21st – the summer solstice – it is about to become a reality and a re-envisioning of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ will be performed in the spiritually charge atmosphere of The Chapel at Kings College in The Strand in London.
With the help of the PRS foundation we secured the services of master musician and flautist Rowland Sutherland to globally “re-envision” Trane’s iconic, spiritually charged masterpiece.
Rowland has followed in the footsteps of both John and Alice Coltrane and incorporated instrumentation from different cultural and spiritual traditions extending and re-imagining the 4 parts of the Suite – Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance, Psalm.
At the helm of the 15 piece ensemble will be original Jazz Warrior, Orphy Robinson. Alongside exercising his vibes and marimba via the Black Top project he is fresh from touring the world with virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy.
Fully aware of the gravity of the task at hand Chaser Productions secured the enthusiastic backing of Sound & Music and that has enabled us to look to the future while creating a stellar ensemble of UK players that includes Ansuman Biswas melodic Indian instruments, Byron Wallen trumpet / conch shells, Crispin Robinson (+ 2) Bata drums, Juwon Ogunbe – voice Maya Jegede kora / harp, Neil Charles contra bass, Nikki Yeoh piano, Orphy Robinson – steel pan /marimba Pat Thomas electronics, Rowland Sutherland flute, Richard Spaven drums, Steve Williamson tenor saxophone, Shabaka Hutchins bass clarinet.
It’s risky business taking on a revered piece of music like ‘A Love Supreme’ but as Wynton Marsalis said of their performance at the Lincoln Center, “You don’t try and play what Trane played…. I’m not trying to be up there wasting musical time idol-worshiping. But it’s an honor and I’m going to play with integrity… the most difficult thing is the spiritual intensity and the emotional range of that music.”
It is that deep sense of love, compassion and devotion to the creator that drives John Coltrane’s original composition and recording and on the night, at The Chapel, we shall endeavour to tap into and channel those same life enhancing, positive energies in order to allow a deeper reflection that can hopefully uplift and benefit all present.
In the wise words of John Coltrane we shall seek, “Elation, Elegance, Exaltation”.
NB: As the venue is most intimate and hold only 250 people there will be two separate performances on the night. Ticket will… Jah willing… go on sale by the end of this week. Watch out for more info. on this.
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A who’s who of British jazz musicians, looks awesome.
Definitely trying to mix it up… through Straight No Chaser I have a long standing working relationship with most of the players involved… so, that’s cool… everybody’s stretchin’ out, reaching beyond what is expected… as Steve Williamson said to me the other day A Love Supreme is an antidote to the negativity that permeates and all too often
dominate our lives.
I hope the performance has been recorded and that it will be available someday. Anyway, it’s a great idea to play John Coltrane’s music time and again.
Thanks for putting at last this magnificent cover from this extraordinary album.