SNJO/Maria Rud, Where Rivers Meet Reviewed

Source: London Jazz News.

Where Rivers Meet is an ambitious project which sees Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) exploring music from the New Thing period of the 1960s and 1970s in partnership with visual artist Maria Rud. Over four streamed performances the orchestra plays new arrangements of classics from the period by four African American saxophonists (Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton and Albert Ayler) with one of the SNJO regulars taking the saxophone lead. Alongside (or rather, above) this, Maria Rud’s live painting is projected over the band onto the stained glass east window of the ancient St Giles Cathedral in the heart of Edinburgh. This review covers two of the performances – the other two have been reviewed by Patrick Hadfield (link to the other review)