Intakt Festival Day 1 Reviewed

English: Barry Guy, Jazz bassist; Picture take...


It had, said the MC, taken 33 years, 15 hours and 25 minutes for Intakt to showcase its artists in London. Now the Swiss contemporary music label is making up for lost time: this gig, packed almost to excess, launched a 12-day festival devoted to its musicians.

The event also marked the 70th birthday of double bassist Barry Guy, one of the first artists to record for Intakt. The four-ensemble event ranged from early music to the avant-garde and from the through improvised to the rigorously composed. In each setting, Guy delivered sensitive interplay, technical finesse and a gorgeously rounded tone.