Peter Oxley & Nicolas Meier guitars
Expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America to English pastoralism. Hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more!
For their live gigs, the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project aims to entertain by playing with a spontaneity and an intuitive interplay between them that keeps them fresh and fired up from gig to gig. The duo, therefore, comes to the performance with what they hope are the audience’s anticipations: to expect the unexpected!
The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project has continued to be highly productive: following nearly 100 concerts on the back of their 2017 album, The Colours Of Time, they have now recorded an album of brand-new, original pieces in their quartet format, but also featuring the great multi-percussionist Keith Fairbairn.
As ever, all of the pieces have been arranged so that they can be performed live in either duo or quartet line-ups. On the album, Pete and Nick have continued to use many varying types of guitars: fretless 11-string (Glissentar), acoustic and electric 12-strings, slide, 7-string nylon, sitar guitar, fretless guitar, jazz guitars etc.
The Oxley-Meier Guitar project began working in earnest following their second release in 2015, Chasing Tales, which was supported by three tours, totalling 90 dates. Pete and Nick then toured the UK and Europe a further three times, promoting The Colours of Time, also performing at several major jazz festivals over this time.
‘This album is a wonderful example of the high level of music that can be made by combining two great guitarists/composers/improvisers such as Pete and Nicolas. They have put together a feast of virtuosity, delivered with depth, wit and joy’ (Ralph Towner, Oregon etc.)
The above was pertaining to the duo’s double-CD, The Colours of Time (MGPrecords CD019). Released in February 2017, this is their most ambitious project to date, in that it is a ‘double’: one disc in duo format, the second in quartet with bass and drums. The release of the album coincided with a major UK tour of 35 dates, which was followed by further touring in the UK and Europe in autumn 2017.
Oxley & Meier were invited by Jazzwise to be the first ever featured artists to have a covermount CD attached to the magazine (December/January 2015/16 edition).
‘A fascinating fusion opulent with evocative splendour’ (MOJO) ★★★★
(Listed as No. 3 in the top 10 jazz albums of 2015)
‘CD of the week’ (Evening Standard) ★★★★
‘Top ten CDs of the year’ (The Telegraph) ★★★★
‘This album captures the lightning in a bottle effect created by the union of two perfectly matched artists and is already the front runner for my album of the year.’ (Jazz Views) ★★★★
Pete Oxley ~ Guitar
Pete began his musical career in Paris in the mid-’80s before relocating to the UK in 1997. Shortly afterwards he opened The Spin jazz club in Oxford which in 2012 won the Parliamentary jazz award as ‘The Best Jazz Venue In The UK’. Pete regularly performs with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Chris Garrick, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’Higgins, John Etheridge and his own band Curious Paradise. He has now released 14 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his original compositions.
As a composer, Pete was selected as one of only a handful of British jazz musicians to have his compositions included in the definitive ‘European Real Book’ (Sher Music).
Nicolas Meier ~ Guitar
With his unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nick has toured extensively around the world with his band the Meier Group. This wonderful band (featuring sax maestro Gilad Atzmon and Dave O’Higgins) won the overall prize for ‘best band’ at the Juan-les-Pins jazz festival!
His recent album Kismet is a wonderful heady mixture of Flamenco, jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern music. His prodigious jazz talent is matched by his other great passion: playing heavy metal guitar in his scorching group ‘Seven7’.
Nick was, for the last three years, guitarist in guitar supremo, Jeff Beck’s band, with whom he toured all over the world, performing at major venues and festivals. He has recently recorded a stunning album with the A-lister rhythm section of Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) and Vinnie Coliauta (Sting, Frank Zappa etc.).
Duration: 2 hours (incl. interval)
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