David Ferris Septet with Maria Vali


Lovedays, Quay Road, Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 28th February 2018
Time: 20:00

David Ferris Septet + special guest-Maria Vali

Maria Vali - vocals

David Ferris – piano, composition / Hugh Pascall – trumpet / Richard Foote – trombone Vittorio Mura – tenor & baritone sax / Chris Young  alto and soprano sax / Nick Jurd – bass / Euan Palmer – drums

 This band was originally formed in October 2016 by Birmingham-based pianist and

composer David Ferris, featuring some of the Midlands’ best musicians. The music written for this band draws from his experience of playing in large fully-orchestrated groups, and smaller more improvised settings, and focuses on melody and warmth, with influences ranging from John Scofield to Fred Hersch to The Beatles.

 For their debut album recording, the band was joined by special guest singer Maria Väli, a graduate of the renowned Trondheim Conservatory and member of the multi-award winning Estonian Voices.  The new music for the project includes settings of poems by WB Yeats, Seamus Heaney, WH Auden and Ted Hughes.

 “One to watch.” - Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

 “A young musician of great promise.” - Ian Mann, thejazzmann.com

 “It was the writing that impressed with nicely balanced use of the various textures the

instrumentation of the group provided.” - Tony Dudley-Evans



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