Last weekend when I was in London, we went for a walk in Covent Garden. We arrived by tube via James Street Station on the Piccadilly Line. What a lovely place!
We ran into a live concert and listened to some beautiful classical classics with a modern and funky twist. The musicians were playing with passion. These guys really enjoyed performing and I totally enjoyed their performance.
The Abraxas Ensemble was formed in 1999 as a string quartet, has a large variety of repertoire to suit all tastes, from classical through to jazz, traditional and pop arrangements
Christian Halstead leads the Abraxas Ensemble. I got in touch with him through Abraxas’ website, to ask who were the artists performing. Here’s a part of his reply:
Our group is run as a ‘collective’ of players, as we are not always all available! Four out of five of the players on Friday can be found on our website; myself (Christian Halstead), Margaret Jackson, John Garner & Philip Kelynack. The viola player depping with us on Friday was Amanda Drummond.
I hope to see you on your next visit to Covent Garden.
With best wishes,
The way Amanda Drummond, the viola player, as well as the rest of the band present classical music, I love. They were playing, they were having fun.. I did not grow up with classical music. I had to learn to apreciate it. The experience I had when I hear Abraxas, makes me love classical music.
I read a review of a concert Amanda Drummond played at recently, where the writer of the article, Alison Bentley describes perfect how I felt; http://londonjazz.blogspot.nl/2012/06/review-courtney-pine-europa-at-bath.html ,
Amanda Drummond‘s viola had at times a classical/rock sensibility, like the Kronos Quartet playing Hendrix, or bluesy jazz-folk, like Regina Carter. The audience loved her gypsy passion in the Eastern Deuteronomy.