Will Butterworth follows up his 4 releases since 2008 with an original suite of music for Quartet. Based on Oscar Wilde’s short story of ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ this beautiful album will be released on Jellymould Jazz on 1 September 2017.
Starting life as a solo piano composition by Will, for a story book many years ago, it has since grown both in the studio and on the road, into a suite both delicate and dynamic, translating Wilde’s story of love and sacrifice. The Quartet have played together for many years in various guises and their ease together allows the melodies to be starting points for freewheeling improvisations.
The Quartet toured UK in February 2017 with the project, and return for album launch gigs from late August through September – with their album launch at Pizza Express Soho on 11 September – and a London Jazz Festival date 12 November. In June they presented The Nightingale and the Rose at the Belfast Book Festival, Crescent Arts Centre with actor Adam Turns narrating Wilde’s text during the concert.
“…words and music dovetailing in sympathetic symmetry…Butterworth’s suite captures some of the poetry, pronounced rhythmic cadences and vivid colors of Wilde’s text” Ian Patterson All About Jazz review of Belfast concert
At the London Jazz Festival, the Quartet will be joined by writer, broadcaster, actor and Honorary President of the Oscar Wilde Society, Gyles Brandwith, in a fusion of spoken word and music, at Zedel’s in Soho.