Thursday 5 December 2013
John Surman Wins British Composer Award
The Annual British Composer Awards Ceremony was held this week, and the award for Contemporary Jazz Compostion was won by multi-intrumentalist and composer John Surman with Lifelines, 'a choral piece 'which blends folk and jazz into a convincing and original portmanteau'.
John Surman has long been regarded as a world class improviser and composer, with a ferocious instrumental technique and broad, far-reaching vision and imagination. Over his lengthy and prolific career he has performed in a wide variety of settings and collaborated with artists such as Dave Holland, John McLaughlin, Ronnie Scott, Bill Frisell and Elvin Jones as well as maintaining long term relationships with John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Jack DeJohnette and John Warren, among others.
In early 2013, John also won the JazzFM 'Album of the Year' award for this ECM release 'Saltash Bells'.
Other nominees for Contemporary Jazz Compostion in this week's Annual British Composer Awards were fellow saxophonists Trish Clowes for Iris Nonet and Tim Garland for Songs To The North Sky, the latter to be released in the new year as part of his recent signing to Edition Records.
The Annual British Composer Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 this Saturday at 22.45. Listen HERE.