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Jazz Musician Chris Lee Premiered New Works Inspired by I-SIS Artists

It was the first of three evening concerts for the Colours of Water art/science/music festival and also the very first concert ever to be performed at the Menier Gallery in which the art exhibition for the festival is held. And to the wild delight and appreciation of a packed audience, jazz pianist/composer Chris Lee gave the first recital of six splendid new works for his trio – with Joe Pettitt (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums) - each inspired by a different painting* in the exhibition.  The six pieces were distinct, each capturing the precise mood, colours, and message of the particular painting, and even the essential qualities of the artist. The artists involved were overtaken by surprise, and very pleasantly so. They too, loved the compositions and the performances; “inspired and inspiring!” was the first thought that came to mind. Jenny Howe’s rendition of Chris’ famous arrangements of familiar songs in the second half rounded off the memorable event, which fittingly marked the mid-point and certainly a high-point of the festival. Stay tuned for more…

The paintings were:

Raindance by Li Poon

Raindance by Li Poon


Sea Breeze by Li Poon

Sea Breeze by Li Poon


Creatures of the Blue Lagoon by Li Poon

Creatures of the Blue Lagoon by Li Poon


Sun and Surf by Matt Poon

Sun and Surf by Matt Poon


People of the Water Reeds by Li Poon

People of the Water Reeds by Matt Poon


Flow by Li Poon

Flow by Mae-Wan Ho


Article first published 27/03/13



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