Jazz cellist Shirley Smart and Italian accordion maestro Maurizio Minardi's repertoire spans music from classical genre, jazz standards, tango and music from North Africa, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe, all re-imagined though jazz-inspired improvisation.
Shirley, one of the UK's few jazz cellists, has spent many years living in Jerusalem, where she studied and performed a wide variety of world music from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region, as well as being highly involved with the jazz and improvised music scene. Since returning to the UK,she has quickly become known as one of the most creative cellists on the music scene and has worked with many leading jazz and world music groups, including Antonio Forcione, Gilad Atzmon, Neil Cowley, Julian Ferraretto, Partikel Trio and Maurizio Minardi Group, as well as leading her own projects.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Maurizio Minardi has recorded 9 albums and performed with a number of artists including Carmen Souza, Antonio Forcione, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Georgia Mancio. Maurizio has played in a range of venues and festivals, including BBC London, Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Royal Albert Hall Ignite Series, Upstairs at Ronnie Scott's, Kings Place Festival, The Vortex, the Apollo Hammersmith, the Lost Theatre, and more.
There will be a cash bar available.