Nigel Kennedy heads to Sydney with the music of Purple Haze

Nigel Kennedy plays HendrixAfter shredding the bow on his National Australian Tour, Nigel Kennedy will perform two shows of his brilliant Kennedy plays Hendrix at The Basement in Sydney on Saturday 11 February 2017.

Kennedy’s performances have ranged from straight classical interpretations to collaborations with Stephane Grappelli, Kate Bush, Robert Plant and Paul McCartney. But from early on in his career there has been one composer to whom he keeps on returning: Jimi Hendrix…

“What attracts me to Jimi Hendrix’s music is the amazingly open mind that Jimi had,” said Kennedy. “This was reflected in many ways: he was always gracious and never insulting to anybody and this showed in his music. There were any number of influences that one could hear in his compositions; these range from rock, blues and Celtic through to trance and experimental styles.”

“Maybe that is why I find it so natural exploring Jimi Hendrix music, having been involved in so many similar styles myself. I particularly get off on the transcendental, psychedelic side of Jimi’s music, which really hits home hard.”

The program will feature Hendrix classics, including: Purple Haze, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Crosstown Traffic, Fire Drifting, Little Wing, 1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be), Third Stone from the Sun, Foxy Lady and others…

Kennedy is excited to be working with a brand new international line up of musicians who have been performing with him on his national Australian tour. The brilliant young 23-year-old guitar prodigy Julian Buschberger, Tomas Kupiec on bass, Adam Czerwinski drums (one of the leading European rhythms sections who emanate from the Jarek Smietana band), and the brilliant pianist Pawel Tomaszewski.

“Every bit the performer. Kennedy’s music is a blast whether he’s playing Vivaldi or Hendrix.” – Limelight Magazine 2017

Nigel Kennedy plays Hendrix
The Basement, 7 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Performances: Saturday 11 February 2017 – 8.00pm (doors: 6.30pm) / 11.00pm (doors: 10.00pm)
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