19:30 | 02 Oct 21 | The Blue Lamp

Seonaid Aitken Chasing Sakura

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The singer and fiddler is one of the biggest names in Scottish jazz in 2021, with recent spectacular successes singing Ella Fitzgerald tribute shows, working with Big Bands and Strings, fronting the leading gypsy swing band, Rose Room, and, of course, being the voice of Jazz on the BBC. All the time, she maintains a constant presence on the Classical Music scene playing for Scottish Opera, and being commissioned by the SCO, Royal Philharmonic and many others to write, arrange, and perform. Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival commissioned new music from her this year, and she responded by creating an incredibly exciting new band and writing music which enompasses classical, jazz and folk and takes inspiration from trips to Japan and the world of cherry blossom.

The band is an all female sextet, with two violins, viola ( the great folk musician, Patsy Reid), bass, and the young saxophone star, Helena Kay, and this will be their first public performance. 

“engaging...spring murmurs, Kay’s sax singing potently against the strings...Aitken’s lead violin sounding brightly against ensemble pulsing...Aitken vocalising over gently plucked strings” reported The Scotsman on their debut 

This is healing music, life affirming, positive, engaging, melodic - a real thrill!
The singer and fiddler is one of the biggest names in Scottish jazz in 2021, with recent spectacular successes singing Ella Fitzgerald tribute shows, working with Big Bands and Strings, fronting the leading gypsy swing band, Rose Room, and, of course, being the voice of Jazz on the BBC. All the time, she maintains a constant presence on the Classical Music scene playing for Scottish Opera, and being commissioned by the SCO, Royal Philharmonic and many others to write, arrange, and perform. Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival commissioned new music from her this year, and she responded by creating an incredibly exciting new band and writing music which enompasses classical, jazz and folk and takes inspiration from trips to Japan and the world of cherry blossom.

The band is an all female sextet, with two violins, viola ( the great folk musician, Patsy Reid), bass, and the young saxophone star, Helena Kay, and this will be their first public performance. 

“engaging...spring murmurs, Kay’s sax singing potently against the strings...Aitken’s lead violin sounding brightly against ensemble pulsing...Aitken vocalising over gently plucked strings” reported The Scotsman on their debut 

This is healing music, life affirming, positive, engaging, melodic - a real thrill!