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‘Fifty shades of light blue’

Classical violinist Thomas Gould launches the first of his Gould Standard sessions at Kings Place in a collaboration with the jazz world

21 September, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Thomas Gould. PHOTO: Aga Tomaszek

Ace Camden classical/jazz violinist Thomas Gould is launching a series of Gould Standard sessions featuring his jazz heroes at Kings Place, the King’s Cross arts venue, next Thursday evening (September 28).

Playing with him at the initial session are leading UK jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and multi-percussionst Bernhard Schimpelsberger. Playing with him in the second Gould Standard session in December are pianist John Turville, saxophonist Tim Garland and double-bass player Yuri Goloubev.

“In this series, all of us are presenting ourselves with fresh challenges because the programmes combine classical and jazz repertoire,” says Gould. “Trading solos with Tim Garland or Gwilym Simcock is a white-knuckle ride. They’re likely to throw you a million notes and you have to respond.

“There’s so much subtlety in jazz, so much creative space. It’s like when you go into a paint shop and ask for ‘light blue’ and then realise there are 50 shades of light blue!”

Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1, 8pm, from £9.50 online, 020 7520 1490, www.kingsplace.co.uk

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