ZUM3 Violin, Cello & Accordion

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ZUM3 Violin, Cello & Accordion

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The Programm is a selection of Blues, Jazz, Celtic, Bluegrass, Klezmer and Folk from around the world, melted down and reforged into ingots of pure Zum. This is an irresistible alchemy with a Gypsy Tango core.

Sunday 18 January 2015 at 3.00 pm

The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA (map)
Eddie Hession Chris Grist Adam Summerhayes

The ZUM3 trio features Eddie Hession - accordion, Chris Grist - cello and Adam Summerhayes - violin.

It seems as if everyone has heard of Gypsy Tango these days so it is easy to forget that this extremely popular genre did not exist until ZUM created it in the early years of the millennium. ZUM first stormed the UK in 2001 in a national tour that culminated with two sell-outs in one day at the South Bank Centre.  Since then the group has enjoyed multiple tours and many repeat invitations to the USA, Saudi Arabia, Croatia and Finland. It has played in Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London, beside midnight Finnish lakes and with airplay on BBC R3, Jazz FM and worldwide, the group now has fans in many unexpected corners of the world.

Whilst ZUM was the brainchild of the witty and engaging frontman and cellist, Chris Grist, it also features the silvery melancholia of accordionist, Eddie Hession, and the virtuoso fiddle and piano playing of Adam Summerhayes who also writes the music and creates the unique arrangements.

A gypsy-tango heartbeat runs through everything that ZUM does as you would expect from the musicians who stole the music from the bordellos of Buenos Aires and the back streets of Eastern Europe to create gypsy-tango itself. Their outstanding collection of original melodies is sometimes transcendentally beautiful, hypnotic and seductive, often light-hearted and occasionally suprisingly amusing. Their trademark climaxes have a fierce and frenzied energy – beyond the known laws of music and instrumental virtuosity.

“Fiery, passionate and intriguingly beautiful” – BBC
“Intoxicating - - - - - virtuoso fiddle playing” – The Times

Adam Summerhayes' grandfather studied the violin with Joachim's last pupil and with Adolf Brodsky, the violinist who premiered the Tchaikovsky concerto. He learnt first from him and then from Yfrah Neaman, one of the twentieth century's greatest pedagogues. He enjoys feeling linked to the historical continuum of violin playing.

He has been very highly acclaimed as a chamber musician, particularly for a number of discs featuring first recordings of previously unknown repertoire, including works by Aaron Copland. He has also given many concerto performances and has performed in Russia, Germany, France, Spain, the Czech Republic and the USA.

He has recorded over 20 CDs - duo, trio, larger chamber music, ZUM and other interesting projects - for Harmonia Mundi, Chandos, ASV, Meridian, Sargasso and others. A disc of his music, written at Chris's behest and featuring his gypsy fiddle playing was described as "heady stuff … thrilling virtuoso playing". This disc lead to a cameo film moment in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, in which his performance of one of his own tracks is also featured.

He has broadcast live for BBC Radio 3. His chamber music recordings have been broadcast throughout the world, as have his compositions for ZUM and projects for Chandos and Harmonia Mundi.

Adam is a truly eclectic musician. He is as interested in Bulgarian Kopenitsa as in Beethoven and is entranced with the exploration of the violin: his collection now includes a cutting edge electric fiddle and period baroque instruments from the 1700s.
Chris Grist's busy career as a cellist, specialising in chamber music, has taken him throughout the UK, to Europe and to the Americas. He has an extraordinarily broad knowledge of music of all genres, the discernment to pick out the best and an instinct for the un-knowable. He has a sense of what might create something not just new, but remarkable.

Above all, though, he is a powerhouse of ideas and crazy projects. Perhaps his finest talent is ignoring anything that gets in the way of bringing one of his plans to fruition: at the first meeting to discuss the idea for ZUM, Chris was late, Adam didn't show up and Dave (David Gordon, composer) said that he didn't think that he would have time to write the music. Remarkably, Chris managed to take all this as a positive sign that the idea would be a sure-fire hit.
Despite being one of Europe’s master accordionists, Eddie Hession spent the first year with ZUM insisting that he had nothing to put on his biography. However, painstaking research and intense interrogation has revealed that he has played on films that include Lord of the Rings, Chocolat, Mickey Blue Eyes, Evita, Shrek, Chicken Run, Gosford Park, Shipping News and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (where he even makes a screen appearance), although ZUM considers the highlight of his career to be the recording of the theme tune for Captain Pugwash!

He has also worked with an endless list of stars from the Three Tenors to Westlife, including The Corrs, Chris Rea, Ronan Keating, George Martin, Ute Lemper, Andrea Bocelli, Bill Wyman, Lesley Garret and Russell Watson to name but a few. He has performed with many of the country’s finest orchestras (including the LSO, LPO, RPO, Philharmonia, CBSO, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, ENO).

His resolute pursuit of sticky English puddings is one of the group's important constants.
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