Andre Canniere (trumpet)/Brigitte Beraha (voice)/Tori Freestone (tenor saxophone)/Ivo Neame (piano)/Michael Janisch (double & electric bass)/Andrew Bain (drums)
Inspired by writers Rilke and Bukowski, trumpeter Andre’s fine ensemble of contemporary London players grasps his pieces with a corresponding mystical intensity, grit and astonishing sonic variety.
The Darkening Blue is a new project inspired by the words of Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke and American author Charles Bukowski. The concept for this band was born out of my long time desire to let the writing of some of my favourite literary figures connect with and inspire my own work. Combining the mystical intensity of Rilke with the grit of Bukowski into a cohesive collection of musical compositions was a welcome challenge that has allowed me to stretch outside my comfort zone as a composer.
In 2016, The Darkening Blue album was released to much critical acclaim and supported by a successful ACE-funded UK tour.
“A fine example of a stellar line-up achieving a remarkable amalgam of depth, warmth and sensitivity.”
All About Jazz
“Another ambitious step for trumpeter Andre Canniere and a very classy sextet… Canniere’s range-spanning trumpet and bright runs, and Freestone’s sensitivity to spacing and dramatic narrative accompany Beraha’s impassive eloquence with the lyrics… Canniere’s instrumentals confirm his jazz-composing power and constructive writing for improvisers. The band is terrific.”
“The Darkening Blue is Canniere’s most ambitious, wide-ranging and personal album to date.”