The long-standing Ango-Norwegian band Food is now comprised of duo saxophonist Iain Ballamy and percussionist Thomas Strønen. The 3rd of June sees Food taking to the stage of the Bath Festival as part of the Conexions concert series.
Ballamy, known throughout Europe as the “fantastic Englishman” was playing at Ronnie Scott’s by the age of 20 and rapidly made himself indispensable in the UK contemporary music scene. He can count Bill Bruford, Django Bates, Gil Evans and Bryan Ferry amongst his collaborators. Thomas Strønen works not just with Food, but with Humcrush, Meadow, Monsters and Puppets and many more.
Now in their thirteenth year, signed to ECM records, this groundbreaking duo has toured and recorded internationally, creating thought provoking music of great depth and beauty. Their dynamic approach incorporates juxtapositions of sound, space and texture.
By combining acoustic elements – bells, blocks, gongs and a lyrical saxophone voice, along with live sampling, drums and electronics – the musicians create a broad palette ranging from reflective minimalism to the angular and more turbulent end of the musical spectrum.
“A stylistic match made in minimalist heaven!” – Jazzwise
Read Allaboutjazz.com's Adriana Carcu excellent interview with Thomas Strønen.
Iain Ballamys’s biography.
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