Konrad Wiszniewski / Euan Stevenson
@ the PizzaExpress Jazz Club
13 November 2012
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Konrad Wiszniewski biography
Konrad Wiszniewski studied music at Strathclyde University, then
Berklee College of Music in Boston.
He has worked extensively with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
since 2001, working with a host of performers such as Joe Lovano,
Gary Burton and John Scofield.
He has been part of the renowned Scottish Jazz Outfit Brass Jaw
since 2006, touring throughout the UK, United States and Europe,
receiving the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Ensemble of the year
2011, Best Group and Best Album at the Scottish Jazz Awards.
Wiszniewski was awarded an Edinburgh Jazz Festival commission
in 2011 to compose a new work along with pianist Euan Stevenson
entitled New Focus, which features the Glasgow String Quartet.
Wiszniewski has appeared on BBC Television, ITV, Radio 3, Radio
Scotland and most recently broadcast to Europe on a special BBC
Radio 3 broadcast on New Years Day.
Outside of Jazz, Wiszniewski has toured / recorded with the following
artists / ensembles: The RSNO, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Brand
New Heavies, The Peatbog Faeries, Deacon Blue, Hue and Cry, Martha
Reeves, Aiden O Rourke, The Unusual Suspects to name a few.
Euan Stevenson biography
Conjuring the joyous swinging lines of Oscar Peterson, the rhapsodic
chordal work of George Shearing and the understated lyrical beauty
of Bill Evans, Euan Stevenson combines classical technique with
mastery of the jazz piano tradition. Improvising arrangements on
countless themes by composers such as Cole Porter, Harold Arlen,
Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, despite his virtuosity he remains
a faithful servant to the song, always melodic, never self indulgent.
His tasteful solo work has been enjoyed throughout Europe during
his residency on board the exclusive luxury cruise ship The Hebridean
Spirit. Top hotels at which Stevenson has performed include The
Oberoi in Mumbai, Reid’s Palace in Madeira, and closer to
home in his native Scotland, Skibo Castle, Gleneagles, The Balmoral
and 1 Devonshire Gardens. He has played for Royalty on several occasions,
most notably private dinner receptions at Holyrood Palace for Prince
Charles. He has performed his own compositions and arrangements
on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland as well as numerous live concerts
in The Glasgow and Edinburgh International Jazz Festivals.
Appealing to the purist and the amateur music lover alike,
The Euan Stevenson Trio is arguably the most authentic, swinging
jazz piano trio working in the UK today. With tight knit, dynamic
arrangements, the trio is renowned for its uncanny ability to capture
the energy and spirit of the popular piano trios of the 1950’s
and sixties. Much in demand by jazz singers and instrumentalists
alike, the trio has performed extensively in theatres and jazz venues
All the musicians in the trio are highly accomplished professionals
in their own right, and between them they have a collective CV that
makes for impressive reading having performed with musicians such
as Jamie Cullum, Larry Adler, Lesley Garrett, Matthew Ford, Lalo
Schiffrin, Joe Lovano, Tina May, and Niki King to name but a few,
not to mention playing for private parties hosted by Prince Charles,
Sir Richard Branson and Earl Spencer.
As a composer/arranger Stevenson is equally prolific. He arranged
trumpeter Colin Steele’s compositions for The 2010 Edinburgh
Jazz Festival Orchestra. He arranged both his own compositions and
those of Konrad Wiszniewski for jazz quartet and string quartet,
receiving a 5 star review for the concert in the 2011 Edinburgh
Jazz Festival, cementing his reputation as a serious composer/arranger
for both jazz and classical forces.