Bassist/composer/sonic adventurer Al Swainger returns to SoundCellar with his band to promote his latest release ‘Hearts Full of Grace’. Al has worked with Mike Outram, Ant Law, Alan Barnes, Craig Milverton and many others.
This gig will take place at The Grasshopper,
139 – 141 Bournemouth Rd, Poole BH14 9HT.
Please note: If parking in either of the car parks at The Grasshopper, you must register your vehicle on one of the dedicated terminals at the bar or in the function room.
Ticket link below
Committed to a spirit of sonic adventure, Al Swainger has been focused on creating collaborations through his project Pointless Beauty since 2014 and has released two quintet albums, three solo albums and a host of collaborative and solo singles so far. Blending influences from ambient, latin, rock, pop and electronica with improvised music his use of effects pedals and computer manipulation alongside acoustic instruments provide an extensive and original tonal palette with which to sculpt his music. Described as ‘Cinematic Fusion for the Emotionally Curious’ Al’s goal is to gently restore our mental health and emotional independence through Pointless Beauty. He is delighted to bring his current quartet featuring Gary Alesbrook, Gary Bamford & Jon Clark to the Soundcellar.
If Weather Report got into a fight with Brian Eno and Chick Corea and Joe Satriani stood on the sidelines cheering them on maybe it would sound like this….
‘A beautiful collection of musical delights. Blissful listening!’ – Chris Hyson (Snow Poet)
‘Joyous…an alluring landscape that transcends its influences’ – Roger Beaujolais
‘Musically ambitious, adventurous and imaginative…played with style and panache’ – Theo Travis (Soft Machine, Steven Wilson)
‘Swainger has a knack for writing catchy melodies with great rhythmic hooks…blown away…highly recommended’ – Nick Lea (Jazz Views)
‘An eclectic range of jazz styles…musically adventurous…’ – London Jazz News
‘…easeful interplay…gentle strengths and spiritual uplift. What’s not to like?’ – Andy Robson (Jazzwise)
Al Swainger: bass/electronics
Gary Alesbrook: trumpet/flugelhorn
Gary Bamford: keyboards
Jon Clark: drums
Entry is £15 + booking fee in advance through the below link, or £18 on the door (cash or card).
All advance ticket buyers will receive an exclusive link to a video of the evening’s performance, available for one month
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15% pre-show food discount at The Grasshopper. Our regular host The Grasshopper, is kindly offering a 15% discount on food from their restaurant prior to every SoundCellar gig! Just show your ticket for that evening’s performance (the ticket QR code on your phone, or a printout). A table must be booked here or tel: 01202 741463 and food orders placed at least 60 minutes prior to the start time of the gig (eg by 7pm for a 8pm start).
(2) For young people: (i) U18s – FREE entry when accompanied by an adult; (ii) Age 18 to 25 – entry £10 (with NUS / TOTEM card). Simply select the relevant ticket option when booking. The offers are available for over 90% of our gigs, but subject to seat availability, so for some gigs, it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.
Parking is free at The Grasshopper but you must register your vehicle at the bar.