Liane writes about Ian..Ian writes about Liane

(Ian Shaw and Liane carroll. Photo credit: Corrie Scott, at the Holders Season, Barbados)

Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll will be performing in the Saturday night Base series at Kings Place on March 26th. They’ve written for us about the joys of performing as a duo together:

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Ian on Liane . . .

Liane Carroll and I met on a train bound for some festival gigs. The year was 1492. We locked horns over many many things. Large gin and tonics in sunny French festival hotels were the ordre de jour. Our first musical collision was in a motel in Le Mans. There was a piano, we were keeping the bar open in a most unFrench way..and that was it. She wailed an Ellington and a Laura Nyro and my eyes filled with tears at the brittle beauty of her musical and emotional honesty.

Twenty odd years later we are often together, crashing each other’s band sets, doing two Steinway, four handed shows, singing with big bands, guesting on each other’s albums. These times with Liane are so brimmed with “moment” they keep me as sharp as a Sabbatier. To accompany her, in a pianist role, is fulfilling beyond measure. We hear the same stuff, the same harmonic nuances…and it is always, for me, a rare and beautiful thing. It never goes wrong, and in its often shabby-round-the gills form, it gives me energy and reminds me why I do my job.

Liane on Ian . . .

When I was a child, certain music would make me “fizz”, Usually, it was sweeping orchestral scores, raging big bands and wonderful singers that you KNEW were singing from the bowels of their joy, pain, love, despair etc. I used to fantasize that when I was older, I would be lucky enough to sing and play with such orchestras, big bands and singers, and practiced every day, pissing my piano teacher off because I was more interested in jazz than classical, which she would equate with having to have me exorcised, or something equally as blinkered and patronising, but I never swayed.

Then 20 years ago I had a brief encounter on a train to Le Mans with a man whom, to this day, I believe is the very best of ALL that made me fizz. Ian Shaw is not only one of my dearest friends, but a revolutionary who breaks down all musical barriers, and just happens to make the most wonderful noise I’ve ever heard. I am honoured and privileged every single time we play together, and I don’t ever want it to stop.

Boooking for the Base at Kings Place

Ian Shaw will also be performing songs from his new Abbey Road Sessions CD (Splashpoint) at the Pizza Express Dean Street on March 9th and 10th – pizzaexpresslive.co.uk

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  1. Ian & Liane were fabulous at Holders last year. They came on stage and I was unprepared for what came next. They gave me goosebumps ( or as we say in the Caribbean ” it did raise up me pores”)
    Wish they were coming back.

  2. This is such a lovely piece and as someone who has sung with them both and seen countless gigs of theirs together and alone I can vouch there is not one exaggerated word there. They are both astoundingly good musicians and true artists and I think because they are so humorous, down to earth such natural talents (and of course because they are jazz artists so will never likely be household names) it is easy to take for granted how good they really are.

  3. Yes they are amazing musicians and even better friends ….. Reg and Melissa Simmonds were responsible for getting them to Barbados when they played in 2010…. i hear they will return to Barbados later in the year or is it in 2012 to play in Bridgetown at Gale Theatre of London and Barbados's next Season. http://www.galetheatre.com watch this space ………..

  4. Having played with both of these outrageously gifted performers for over 20 years, i can honestly say that every performance with them, either separately or both together, is an absolute honour and a privilege.
    They never cease to amaze me… long may it continue.
    Mark Fletcher (noisy bugger)

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