jazz & blues

Barry Guy: The Blue Shroud

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Improvised jazz meets Baroque music in a major work for 14-piece ensemble based on Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, here in its UK premiere.

British composer and double bassist Barry Guy composed The Blue Shroud to represent the strength of art against the power of the military, government and the media.

The piece commemorates the bombardment of Guernica by the Nazis in the Spanish Civil War, as well as recalling the occasion in 2003 when the Guernica tapestry at the UN Security Council was obscured by a blue drape as Colin Powell made the case for invading Iraq.

The pan-European ensemble features violinist Maya Homburger, Greek vocalist Savina Yannatou, Spanish pianist Agustí Fernandez, Irish guitarist/composer Benjamin Dwyer and Swedish saxophonist Per 'Texas' Johansson amongst others.

The work might just be the crowning achievement in the Englishman’s long and varied career
New York City Jazz Record
just compelling music

Dates & times

16 Nov 2019
Approximate run time: 70 mins
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Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
Under-14s should be accompanied by an adult.

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