Wednesday 19 November 2008, 7.45pm
London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3
Nominated for this year’s Mercury Award, the Portico Quartet play melodic, rhythmic music that mixes the inspiration of Philip Glass and Steve Reich with a very contemporary kind of improvisation – engagingly chiming themes delivered by steel pan-like Hang drums, saxophone and bass. They have played and busked all over the world, and they’ve always been fascinated by gamelan, so they jumped at the chance when Southbank Centre and the London Jazz Festival suggested a collaboration with Indonesian gamelan master Rahayu Supanggah, a Southbank Centre Artist in Residence, supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Rahayu Supanggah opens the evening performing with Southbank Gamelan Players, Portico Quartet play their own set, and then Supanggah and Portico join forces.