A Celebration of Keith Tippett: The Rare Music Club

A Celebration of Keith Tippett

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Bristol Beacon and St George’s Bristol, driven by individuals from his life, are delighted to announce a special weekend of music celebrating the inimitable pianist Keith Tippett.

Starting off in Bristol Beacon’s foyer in homage to The Rare Music Club, the line up features sets by Chris Wood, David Le Page & Philip Sheppard, Theo May and Paul Dunmall; a varied tapestry of talent that captures the diversity of the artists who inhabited the club over its various incarnations.

The Rare Music Club

On Fri 26 Jun 92, in the friendly setting of the Malaap Indian restaurant in Bristol, Keith Tippett presented the first gig in a format which he devised, and, with the help of various enthusiasts, which was to be repeated in several locations at various times for the rest of his life.

The Rare Music Club concept was simple: an informal club atmosphere; an egalitarian approach to musicians; and a triple bill evening with three areas of music: traditional/folk, contemporary 20th century classical and jazz/improvised music, usually with members of Mujician as a resident band.

The list of musicians who played the RMC is a spectacular who’s who of the musical territory it covered; Eliza Carthy, Stephan Hannigan, Chris Wood, Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr, Ayub Ogada, Mairi ni Chathasaigh, Dave Swarbrick, Thomas Ades, Mary Wiegold and The Composers Ensemble, Julian Jacobson, the Balanescu String Quartet, Philip Sheppard, David Le Page, Suzanne Stanzeleit; Westbrook Trio, Derek Bailey, Satoko Fujii, Nana Tsiboe, Tobias Delius, Paul Rutherford, Howard Riley, Lol Coxhill, Julie Tippetts, Oren Marshall, Tony Levin, Paul Dunmall and Paul Rogers.

Theo May’s Odd Unit

Theo May- violin, composer
Gustavo Clayton-Marucci – clarinets
Ali Watson – bass
Reuben Goldmark – piano
Alex Temple-Heald – drums

David Le Page & Phillip Sheppard

David Le Page – violin
Philip Sheppard – cello

Chris Wood

Chris Wood – guitar, vocals

The Paul Dunmall Quartet

Paul Dunmall – saxophones, clarinets, bagpipes
Philip Gibbs – guitar
Paul Rogers – double bass
Tony Orrell – drums
This is an unreserved part standing, part seated show at Bristol Beacon Foyer.

Age: 14+ – under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult.

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A Celebration of Keith Tippett: The Rare Music Club

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