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Having a love of modern jazz and classical music, I used to dream of playing in a group that would straddle the boundaries between these genres. I also have a passion for un-amplified music and natural sound. So in1995 I formed a trio with pianist John Horler and clarinettist/saxophonist Tony Coe. We performed numerous concerts in Britain and Europe - always without amplification - and recorded an award-winning album (In Concert - ABCD 6) in the wonderful acoustic of St. George's in Bristol.

In 2000, Tim Garland replaced Tony Coe. Tim is undoubtedly one of the finest saxophonists in the world, and I celebrated his arrival by giving the group a name - Acoustic Triangle. Our 2001 album Interactions (ABCD 5012/SABCD 5012) was also recorded at St. George's, and it too picked up some awards and highly favourable reviews.

Two major UK tours later, the marvellous John Horler left us, and we welcomed Welshman Gwilym Simcock on piano. Gwilym, at 22, was already an astonishing pianist and a composer of considerable stature.

Our choice of material continues to reflect our classical backgrounds as well as our careers in the jazz world. We are committed to this unusual blend of European 'classical' music and modern jazz, as well as exploring extended written works and our own brand of collective improvisation. Tim and Gwilym have penned most of the material of late (I do all the organising!). Gwilym's gorgeous In A Wondrous Place was written the day before the recording of the second album (Catalyst - ABCD 5015), and became a natural choice for the opening track. His Suite, from the same album is a wonderfully accomplished extended work - full of contrasting styles. Gwilym attributes the inspiration for this piece to Acoustic Triangle's Interactions album, and in particular Tim's arrangement of Ravel's exquisite Trois Poèmes de Stephane Mallarmé. Our third album Resonance (ABCD 5017) features some more of Gwilym's fine compositions, including the classically-inspired Ritual and the jumpy Fundero.

Tim Garland is a prolific and diverse composer. He wrote All Change and Beyond The City - The Stars especially for the Catalyst CD. The latter's rondo form borrows from the classical tradition, and it suits us perfectly. We each play an unaccompanied solo in between the written passages; Tim is featured on bass clarinet this time. Spiritual is a salute to the great John Coltrane, and Tim wrote the beautifully elegant Rosa Ballerina for his young daughter. Resonance features Tim's From The Land, which eventually became the basis of the second movement of a piano concerto. He also wrote As The Boy Gathers His Dreams, written for his son Joseph, and Bourdion - a fun and rather quirky French-style dance. We also play material by Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Towner and John Taylor three giants of contemporary jazz, and the occasional standard by Cole Porter or George Gershwin.

Our 2005 Tour Of Sacred Places was a high point in the trio's development. We had always enjoyed playing in churches, so in 2005 we went all-out to play in as many as we could in a real celebration of some of our great buildings. Generous financial help was given by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and Yamaha, and in the end we were able to visit 28 sacred buildings of various kinds during the year.

In 2008 we were joined by six virtuoso string players, including the superb Sacconi String Quartet for a tour of some of the UK's most extraordinary buildings, including Canterbury, Exeter, Lincoln, Lichfield, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Bury St. Edmund's and Worcester Cathedrals. Again we are grateful for the support provided by the Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and Yamaha. For more on this ground-breaking Acoustic Triangle project, click here. We are planning many more such concerts and working hard to encourage more music and art generally in such places.

Our fourth CD 3 Dimensions (ABCD 5024) features the string players from the 2008 tour as soloists and fully integrated members of the group. The album features brand new compositions by Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock which were performed during the tour.

Our four albums are produced very carefully in churches; the sound characteristics they offer seem to suit our music particularly well. We use the best microphones, the best recording equipment and the finest engineers (Bob Whitney, for the latest three). In post-production we use absolutely no electronic reverb. For each recording we placed microphones in the body of the church in order to pick up the natural echo of the building.

There are no musicians I would rather share a stage with than Tim and Gwilym. We pick our concert venues carefully for their fine acoustics and we choose the best pianos - often with Yamaha's help. In the right setting, our drum-less and amp-less approach enables every nuance of our music to be heard fully.

We have received invitations to tour in some far-off lands and we are planning collaborations with larger groups - including a symphony orchestra. We recently had an offer from a film producer to make a film about our music for television.

Malcolm Creese.

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Acoustic Triangle in the Studio


Acoustic Triangle has appeared at:

  • Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Belfast Festival
  • Berkhamsted Civic Centre
  • Beverley Minster
  • Blackheath Halls, London
  • Brecon Cathedral
  • Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
  • Buxton Opera Festival
  • Cadogan Hall, London
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • CBSO Centre, Birmingham
  • Cheltenham Music Festival
  • Chester Festival
  • Christ Church, Spitalfields, London
  • Civic Centre, Berkhamsted
  • Corsham Festival
  • Coventry Cathedral
  • Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • Darlington Arts Centre
  • Dartington Hall, Devon
  • Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham
  • Dorchester Abbey
  • Dore Abbey, Herefordshire
  • Ealing Jazz Festival
  • Ely Cathedral
  • Exeter Cathedral
  • Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury Festival
  • Harrow School, Middlesex
  • Hexham Abbey
  • Hexham Abbey Festival
  • Jacqueline DuPré Music Building, Oxford
  • Keele University, Staffordshire
  • King of Hearts, Norwich
  • Kings Place - London
  • Lanercost Priory, Lanercost, Cumbria
  • Leasowes Bank, Shropshire
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Leicester International Festival
  • Lichfield Cathedral
  • Lincoln Cathedral
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Machynlleth Festival, Powys
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • Mansion House, London
  • Museum Of Garden History, London
  • N.E. Lincolnshire Arts Festival
  • New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Northampton Festival
  • Norwich Cathedral
  • Oakham School Chapel, Rutland
  • Petworth Festival
  • Pinner Parish Church
  • Pizza Express Jazz Club, London
  • Pizza Express Music Room, Maidstone
  • Poole Arts Centre
  • Purcell Room, London
  • Queille Festival, France
  • Richmond, Yorks
  • Riverhouse, Walton-on-Thames
  • RNCM, Manchester
  • Rochester Cathedral, Kent
  • Romsey Abbey, Hampshire
  • Royal Holloway College
  • Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • Sevenoaks Festival
  • Sheffield Cathedral
  • Shrewsbury School
  • Southwell Minster
  • Square Chapel, Halifax
  • St. Bartholomew's, Brighton
  • St. David's Cathedral
  • St. Edmundsbury Cathedral
  • St. George's Bristol
  • St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
  • St. John the Evangelist, Oxford
  • St. Luke's, Battersea
  • St. Mary's, Banbury
  • St. Mary's, Stapleford, Hertfordshire
  • St. Peter's Church, Canterbury
  • Stirling Castle
  • Swaledale Festival
  • Tampere, Finland
  • Teignmouth Festival, Devon
  • The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, Shropshire
  • The Forge, London
  • The Grim's Dyke, Old Redding
  • The Guildhall Theatre, Brecon
  • The Lawn, Lincoln
  • The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk
  • The Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'abernon, Surrey
  • The Sage, Gateshead
  • The Ship Theatre, Sevenoaks
  • The Stables, Wavendon
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Truro College, Cornwall
  • Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton
  • Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey
  • Uppingham School, Rutland
  • Wakefield Sports Club
  • Wells Cathedral School
  • Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford On Avon
  • Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • Worcester Cathedral
  • Zeffirellis, Ambleside, Cumbria

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