Jazz fans in for a treat at New Focus concert

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New Focus, a jazz group hailed as ‘one of the most appealing, most beautifully realised projects to emerge on the Scottish jazz scene in recent years’, are coming to Arran later this month.

Multi-award-winning saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson, winner of the ’emerging artist’ award at the 2013 Scottish Jazz Awards among other distinctions, will be supported at the event by Mario Caribe on bass and Alyn Cosker on drums. A special pleasure for Arran will be that vocals are to be supplied by Joni Keen of Arran Lodge, formerly Altachorvie, in Lamlash. Joni, hailed as ‘the best female jazz voice in Scotland’, is known as a brilliant singer well beyond the island.

The Herald had special praise for New Focus: ‘There’s something truly special going on in the musical minds of saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and arranger, composer and pianist, Euan Stevenson … original music that exists virtually in a world of its own … aesthetically pleasing … just plain damned heart-lifting.’

Everybody who goes along to the community theatre in Lamlash on Saturday November 18, and not just jazz fans, can look forward to an evening of pure enjoyment. The concert starts at 7.30pm and appropriately for the occasion, seating will be in café style at tables and it is also a BYOB event. Children will be admitted free, and an accompanying adult also gets free admission.

Tickets will be available on the door, but to be sure of a seat they can be bought in advance, online from Arran Events at www.arranevents.com, or from Inspirations of Arran shop in Brodick.

Arran’s own Joni Keen will be performing on vocals at the New Focus event

Arran’s own Joni Keen will be performing. No_B45music01

New Focus whose music has been described as ‘aesthetically pleasing’.  No_B45music02