Sinfonia UK Collective at Edinburgh Fringe

Dr Lee Tsang and pianist David Braid – a Canadian two-time Juno Award winner and Steinway artist – visit the Edinburgh Fringe this year, showcasing their latest musical project with the Sinfonia UK Collective. Braid recently hit the big screen as the composer for Born to be Blue, a critically acclaimed film starring Ethan Hawke, which will soon reach UK shores.

Conducted by Lee Tsang, the Sinfonia UK Collective has its base in Hull, which in 2017 plays host to UK City of Culture.  The performance at the Edinburgh Fringe will provide audiences with a special taste of what the Collective has to offer for next year when further collaborations with Braid will see premieres of new works in Hull and a tour that will bring them  into the Arctic Circle.

The programme – flow² – will give audiences at the Fringe a chance to unlock the secrets of one of music’s greatest enigmas: how to make contemporary classical music that really connects with audiences! The music, developed in 2015 on a tour of the North of England, Quebec and Ontario, commanded multiple standing ovations and a recording by multi-Grammy Award winner Dixon van Winkle, considered by many as the world's most sought after recording engineer. That performance has been variously described as "thrilling" by Steinway & Sons, as "incredible" by CBC, and as "spectacular, tremendous, vibrational, cosmic" by Jennifer Jonas of New Real Films, the producers of Born to Be Blue. So what is the appeal and what makes this music so special? The music connects ancient, folk, classical and improvised techniques in dramatic ways that are exciting to audiences of all ages.  A strong sense of narrative underpins the musical ideas, engaging the imagination like a compelling film, but without the need for visuals or dialogue. It's a genre-busting approach that has even attracted the coining of a new term: "post-jazz". In addition to the delights of Braid's own music, audiences at the concert will be treated to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Braid in the solo spot.

You can catch the main performance this Fringe in Edinburgh' s Stockbridge Church. Audiences seeking a free sneak peek can enjoy a preview in the form of a daytime demonstration workshop at St Giles Cathedral. Both are suitable for all ages.

5 August 2016
St Giles Cathedral, 12.15 - free preview/demonstration workshop. 
Stockbridge Church, 19.30 - concert. Tickets £12 (£10) (£5C) (£20F)
All tickets available from the Fringe box office: tickets.edfringe.com

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