THE Oxley-Meier Guitar Project play the National Centre for Early Music, York, on May 18 in the wake of releasing new album Mercurial Indigo on the MGP label today.
In the line-up are Pete Oxley and Nick Meier, guitars, Raph Mizraki, bass and percussion, and Paul Cavaciuti, drums, who specialise in melodically and texturally driven contemporary jazz.
Oxley-Meier bring ten differing guitars to each concert, including fretless nylon, acoustic and electric 12-strings, sitar-guitar and 11-string fretless.
“These instruments – with these players – allow for a huge variety of textures and soundscapes, from Middle Eastern-influenced music to Brazilian-inspired sambas,” says Pete.
The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project has – either in duo or quartet formats – performed hundreds of concerts in myriad venues, such as Ronnie Scott’s and the Wigmore Hall, in London; Sage Gateshead; Musicport World Music Festival, in Whitby, and the London Jazz Festival. They have toured widely across Europe too, presenting music from their five albums.
Outside of this project, Nick Meier has toured the world in late guitarist Jeff Beck’s band and has recorded with such A-listers as Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa) and Jimmy Haslip (The Yellowjackets).
Pete Oxley has recorded 15 albums of original music and, as a composer, was among only a handful of British musicians to have been included in the European Real Book [Sher Publishing]. For the past 20 years, he has hosted and been the house guitarist in the Oxford jazz club The Spin.
Tickets for this 7.30pm concert are on sale at ncem.co.uk or on 01904 658338.