“sleek and sophisticated” – The Times
“dazzling jazz fiddle” – The Strad Magazine
“An elegant performance from classical violinist Lizzie Ball and her group, which repolished the works of Astor Piazolla with and others with relaxed circumspection” – The Guardian
“Your appointment as leader of my Orchestra of Life has been so amazing that I’m not just proud of you, I’m proud of myself for asking you to do it. You have been so incredibly positive about every moment on and off stage that I just cannot wait until the next time we do some damage. I love you and so does everybody else in the orchestra” – Nigel Kennedy
“utterly spectacular!” – Jeff Beck
“ a true professional talent” – Mick Hucknell
“ wonderful passion and total commitment: Lizzie has proved herself just as good a curator as a musician” – Tasmin Little OBE
“Really love your cd and your playing: great individual music making” – Rick Wakeman
Lots of great photos from the Jeff Beck/Brian Wilson tour here
Lizzie’s appearance this past Saturday in Madison Square Garden in New York as featured violinist for Jeff Becks performance in Crossroads Festival along with Tal Wilkenfeld on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums and Beth Hart as guest vocalist has been hailed as one of the festivals standout performances. The festival, curated by Eric Clapton, also featured BB King, Buddy Guy, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Allman Brothers aswell as a surprise appearance from Keith Richards.
This was just in the Yorkshire Post…
Nigel Kennedy *****
By Sheena Hastings
Published on Friday 20 January 2012 11:39
York Grand Opera House
NIGEL Kennedy, with his punkish hair, trousers decorated with safety pins and Doc Marten boots, has an approach and style that’s about moving with the movements and using a piece’s basic shape as a departure point. This show consists of his own composition The Four Elements and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to start an amazing musical journey. Accompanied by the marvellous strings of the Orchestra of Life, two sets of drums, two electric guitars, a jazz trumpeter, the percussionist from Massive Attack, and four singers with voices blended into the whole like another instrument, Kennedy moves between his Stradivarius and an electric violin, which is at times boosted into wailing effects by a Moog synthesiser controlled by foot pedals. Despite the pyrotechnics, the energy, earthiness and sheer brilliance of the music-making are what lure you in and fix your whole attention on this ensemble and the man in the middle with the sorcerer’s command of all about him. His 2012 take on the Four Seasons is intensely flavoursome and urgent, peppered with bongos and trumpet, and interrupted now and then for a side order of something else. One such detour is via a couple of Bach’s Two-Part Inventions, sublime musical conversations between Kennedy and the gifted cellist Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska. New sounds, semi-improvised riffs (full marks to orchestra leader Lizzie Ball for following Kennedy’s mercurial cues), a touch of Hendrix here, a spot of Duke Ellington there. These musicians had a ball, and so did we.
Original article here
Happy New Year everyone! Lets hope 2012 is a truly life changing year for us all… In the meantime Lizzie is chuffed as he band Eclectica’s recent album “Flight of Fancy” was recently voted in the top 10 jazz albums of 2011 by Chris Parker and the London Jazz Review, take a look here
Some lovely reviews of Eclectica’s new album Flight of Fancy in this month’s editions of The Strad and Jazzwise.
Lizzie Ball has both lyricism and exuberance in the locker, and while her vigorous Flight of the Bumblebee shouts loudest, the understated ensemble work in tandem with [Bernard] Gregor-Smith – and her beguiling singing in Jobim’s Corcovado – make more of an impression.
The Strad – April 2011
Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case of You’ is beautifully executed…. Ball’s voice has an appealing purity and integrity.
Jazzwise April 2011
Here’s a link to a recent BBC News piece on Nigel Kennedy with footage also of his Lizzie Ball his concert meister. It will run for another 7 days
Rather a nice article on Lizzie Ball here from Candice Ashby which talks about Lizzie Ball’s work with Nigel Kennedy, Britten Sinfonia, Ronnie Scotts, James Pearson and more…