Tom Syson - Trumpet | Mark Pringle - Piano
Tom Syson - Mark Pringle Duo
Pianist Mark Pringle and idiosyncratic trumpeter Tom Syson explore the art of the duo. Embracing influences from the golden early years of jazz and the contemporary avant-garde, the pair weave rich melodic tapestries, evoking times past and present, all projected through the prism of their own experiences to create music tinged with nostalgia, yet driven by radicalism.
Beginning in 2014 as an investigation of Chet Baker's music, the duo use composed material as a starting point for developing music through improvisation. Quickly moving away from this early influence, they nevertheless retain a focus on purity of expression and song-like melody. Each performance is not only slightly different, but significantly so. Sparks fly across the listening room through lively interplay, revealing unexpected moments of playfulness, dark intensity and beauty.
"The technique of both players was absolutely superb and the interplay with each other seemed to be telepathic ... As I Ieft, a fellow audience member said ‘that was beautiful’. I saw no reason to disagree" - Bebop Spoken Here