The strings are the thing as charismatic young trio StringTing perform jazz standards with virtuosic alto saxophonist Aleksandra Topczewska.
Classical music has always provided the best jazz players with a technical and theoretical basis. Many musicians on the current jazz scene, including Shabaka Hutchings, Sarah Tandy and Cassie Kinochi, emerged from a classical background.
Conversely, classical composers down the ages, for example, Ravel, Ligeti, Stravinsky and Mark-Antony Turnage, have drawn significant inspiration from jazz and popular music.
The rich history of jazz and classical feeding into each other to forge a new path was first formalised by the music critic Gunther Schuller under the term ‘third stream’.
In a series of three performances, Southbank Centre and Tomorrow’s Warriors explore this beguiling world.