Cold Light Ensemble

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Fusing together the classic Jazz Trio line-up and the Classical String Quartet, composer and pianist James Woodhall presents the Cold Light Ensemble. Exploring all the possible combinations of this instrumentation there are huge cinematic moments, driving grooves and sublime beauty. This exciting group will play music from their recently released debut album as well as new material. Who needs labels for music? This isn’t Jazz or Classical or Contemporary, it is all about driving rhythms that make your pulse race, melodies that make your heart ache, and captivating harmonic shifts. Don’t miss this chance to see and hear the Cold Light Ensemble at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club.

For 'Under 18s' discounted tickets (£8), please contact the Box Office on 020 7439 4962.

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The Cold Light Ensemble’s debut album ‘Let it Fall’ was recorded and released in 2017 and features compositions by James Woodhall. James had played piano alongside Daniel Tigg (Bass) and Rob Pennel (Drums) for many years but wanted to combine the trio format with string quartet.  This music is all about combinations and collaborations and therefore at their launch concert, the band performed surrounded by contemporary visual art, and even featured contemporary dance.

The influence of the Neil Cowley Trio and GoGo Penguin are immediately apparent in the trio writing. The string writing owes more to Stravinsky and Bartok and the result is a vibrant, engaging sound world. Neil Cowley himself described the music as ‘punchy and tight’ and ‘full of energy’.

The band are delighted to be playing at the legendary PizzaExpress Jazz club for this Sunday lunchtime concert which will feature music from ‘Let it Fall’ as well as new material.

James Woodhall (piano/compositions)

Robert Pennel (drums)

Daniel Tigg (bass)

Rebecca Ryan (violin)

Phoebe Snelling (violin)

Kerenza Peugniez (viola)

Christopher Peugniez (cello)