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Paul McCandless & Charged Particles

Wednesday 5 September 2018



Fougou Jazz is delighted to present Grammy Award winner and world renowned-jazz superstar Paul McCandless and the Bay-Area jazz trio Charged Particles who will be touring the UK and playing compositions from McCandless’ solo records.

During a distinguished career spanning over four decades, Paul McCandless has brought the soaring lyricism in his playing and composing to the ensemble sound of two seminal iconic bands of jazz: the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, OREGON.

Known for soaring lyricism and gorgeous compositions, McCandless plays soprano, tenor, and sopranino saxophones, oboes, English horn, bass clarinet, penny whistles, and a collection of folk flutes.  As a leader, McCandless has released 30 records.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Charged Particles features three of the country’s virtuosos playing jazz while crossing stylistic boundaries and blending diverse traditions to create engaging new sounds.

The McCandless/Charged Particles project is bringing alive McCandless’ repertoire of original compositions that have been featured on his solo records over the years.  This collaboration with Charged Particles showcases music from his records with a fresh twist and new energy.

The group premiered their collaboration at Yoshi’s jazz club in San Francisco and have appeared at jazz clubs across North America including  Birdland (New York City), Blues Alley (Washington, DC), the Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis), festivals such as the Stanford Jazz Festival, the Jazz Gunung Bromo Festival (Indonesia), the San Luis Obispo Jazz Festival. Upcoming performances include more visits to Canada plus two, two-week tours of the U.K.

“An electrifying, push-the-limits performance style… A tight and enormously talented trio.” -Jazz Times Magazine

“Fresh, energized contemporary jazz that showcases the trio’s individual technical mastery as well as a cooperative, refined approach to the art form.” – Jazz News Magazine