On September 25th 2007 Mike Gibbs will be 70 years old and
many great musicians, who have huge respect for Mike’s
achievements, will be celebrating his genius in a major UK a
tour in early October. The programme will include both new
arrangements and re-workings of some of Mike’s most famous pieces and will feature a number of extraordinarily distinguished world-class musicians with whom he has collaborated closely over the years. These include former Mike Gibbs student Bill Frisell, who is regarded as one of the greatest jazz guitarists in the world and who also has a
reputation for working across musical boundaries, the hugely
admired bass player Steve Swallow, drummer Adam Nussbaum, saxophonists Chris Hunter, Julian Arguelles, Julian Siegel, trumpeters Henry Lowther, Gerard Presencer, Claus Stötter, John Barclay,trombonists Jeremy Price, Andy Wood, Sarah Williams and Pete Beachill, French horn Jim Rattigan, Hans Koller keyboards.
Mike Gibbs is one of the most influential composers of the last 50 years. He has worked with many of the leading lights of the music world including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Michael Mantler, Mike Stern, Joni Mitchell, Whitney Houston and Peter Gabriel. He has always been eclectic in his musical tastes and his work has spanned many genres. His work derives from many and diverse sources – rock, pop, jazz, classical. His ability to draw on these influences and his skills as a big band arranger are legendary. Mike’s visionary approach to music, reaching across boundaries and allowing influences to come from just about anywhere, is highly relevant in today’s music culture.
The 5 date tour at some of the major venues in the UK will start at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (Oct 2), and continue to The Sage, Gateshead, (Oct 3) St.
George’s Bristol (Oct 4), Cadogan Hall in London’s Chelsea (Oct 5), and Birmingham CBSO (Oct 6.
Basho Music gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of England.