The Summer Solstice of 2010 saw a premiere of an exciting new musical work commissioned by Canary Wharf Arts & Events in London. Directed by pianist/composer Alex Wilson, The Compass
Suite takes the listener on a worldwide musical journey.
Composing the music for "North" is Kathryn Tickell, who featured on Sting's If on a Winter's Night and is steeped in Northumbrian folk music. British-Bangladeshi composer, Kishon Khan, then takes up the baton for "East" with a compelling fusion of western and Asian sounds. We then go "South" to Mali in West Africa and Alex Wilson takes us deep into the Mandingue musical tradition before sweeping across the Atlantic to some steamy, hot Afro-Cuban sounds featuring the traditional rumba group Dilanga. We finished by heading "West" for some slamming jazz-funk composed by James Morton which will include the powerful sounds of 20-strong Kinetika Bloco music troupe.
The piece came to a climax with a grand finale featuring all the composers and musicians - this was indeed an evening to remember.
Alex has put together a stellar seventeen-piece band to play this new work - these talented instrumentalists have accompanied Craig David, Incognito, Steve Winwood, Sting, Tom Jones, Level 42, Amy Winehouse, Pee Wee Ellis, Courtney Pine, George Michael and a myriad of other artists.
This one off performance of a brand new, cutting edge work is not to be missed .... The Compass Suite.