Following up on the success of their first concert playing to London's Vortex Jazz Club in the Summer of 2008, pioneering jazz performers Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde took their highly creative new duo into the studio. The music itself is a perfect synthesis of Yarde and McCormack's diverse musical backgrounds, creating an exciting and unique musical style. At times classical lyrical with controlled poise, the pace can snap to white hot with raw energy and spontaneity. The musicians have a long association of working together in many groups through Dune Music. Both are also forging their way as individual composers with ever increasing success and notoriety having gained commissions for the London Symphony Orchestra through the Panufnik and UBS Soundscapes programs. Look out for tour dates for their new album. You will shortly be able to buy the new album at www.jazzcds.co.uk and download it from many digital stores or better still, get a copy directly from them when you catch them live!...

Andrew & Jason in the Studio 1 Andrew McCormack launched his solo career in April 2006 with his debut album, 'Telescope'. The album garnered great critical acclaim and led to him receiving the BBC Jazz Award for "Rising Star" in July 2006. Presenting the award was Courtney Pine OBE who spoke of Andrew's exceptional musical talent and his pleasure in watching his development as an artist.

 Since then Andrew has continued to perform throughout the world with various groups including his own and as a pivotal member of the Kyle Eastwood Band. In 2007 he opened the Young Artist Series in Newbury Spring Festival with an eclectic solo piano recital and in 2008 Andrew's trio opened the main stage at the Barbican for Branford Marsalis' Quartet.

 

Andrew McCormack

Andrew is currently taking private composition lessons with Mark-Anthony Turnage and this year was picked out of six composers to receive a major commission from the London Symphony Orchestra for a Barbican concert in 2009 as part of their Panufnik Young Composers Scheme. Andrew has also recently contributed to the score and orchestrations, as well as performing on parts of the soundtrack for Clint Eastwood's film Flags Of Our Fathers and its companion movie, Letters From Iwo Jima with the latter movie picking up the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film and Academy award nomination for best picture. He was invited back to do orchestrations and additional music for Mr Eastwood in the John Cussack/Harvey Weinstein movie, 'Grace Is Gone', which received a Golden Globe nomination for best original score and can be heard in a similar role on Mr Eastwood's latest release, 'Changeling'.