The second New Focus album released in August 2016 on Whirlwind Recordings comprises of original music written for jazz quartet, string quartet, woodwind and harp...the album has been quietly picking up some very favourable reviews for it's unusual blend of jazz, classical and Scottish Folk. To find out more about the album, hear some excerpts (and perhaps even purchase the album!) click here
I had the great pleasure of performing both a solo and trio set at the lovely East Neuk Festival in Fife. Thanks to Svend Brown and his brilliant team. Nice mention in a 5 star review in The Scotsman:
"The award-winning young Scots pianist Euan Stevenson also proved in Gallic mode, in an eloquent solo opening spot that saw his own compositions, an appealing setting of Loch Lomond and even a Duke Ellington medley emerge couched in the impressionist harmonic sensibilities of Debussy or Ravel, while a concluding, ambulatory tribute to Erik Satie came over as just right."
Nice review in The Herald. It was a great pleasure playing with Dave. More gigs to come...
David Newton-Euan Stevenson Duo, Glasgow Art Club
It had all been going so well, too. As Euan Stevenson made way at the piano for his partner in this marvellous new keyboard duo, David Newton, it appears that he forgot to set out the music in readiness for a smooth hand-over. Cue an unscheduled pause for adjustments and a mirthful mock reprimand from Newton that summed up the mood this pair created almost as much as did the music itself.
They’re a generation apart, one is the other’s hero, but on this, only their second gig together, they showed that they’re already very much a team. And jeez do they have fun while playing at a level of spontaneous creativity that only occasionally slipped off the keenest of edges.
The script for their adventures was written by Oscar Peterson’s classic We Get Requests album, which Stevenson felt sure that his hero would know intimately. It turns that Newton had only listened to it once before but while tracks from the album, including the one with the aforementioned minor hiccup, Time & Again, featured it was more a case of applying their own personalities in the Peterson spirit.
Switching between grand piano and two electric keyboards they made big currency of Newton’s ability to find a concise, booting, boogie-style new impetus for tunes such as Tea for Two and I’ll Remember April and their shared talent for witty reinvention: Darn that Dream recast as the offspring of Jimmy Van Heusen and the Goldfinger theme and the flowing build-up and segue from Peterson into Abdullah Ibrahim’s rolling keyboard style on Hymn to Freedom were just two examples of their magic.
From The Herald, May 5, 2014
Delighted to win the award for Emerging Artist 2013 at the recent Scottish Jazz Awards! NEW FOCUS was also shortlisted for no less than four awards (Best Album, Innovation, Best Ensemble, Best Live Experience). A big thank you to all who voted!
Whirlwind Recordings was founded by Michael Janisch in early 2010, and just a little over three years later with a catalogue of 25 critically acclaimed releases including Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszniewski's NEW FOCUS they have decided it was time to throw the first Whirlwind party. What better way than to host a festival, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do on October 10, 11 and 12 this year at one of Europe’s leading cultural landmarks, The Kings Place in London.
Find out more about the festival
and buy ticketshere
If you would like to purchase a copy of Euan's solo album: Portraits, Preludes and Landscapes please go to contact and leave a message with details of your address.
”...beautifully lyrical…the opening piece might have been written by Ravel, Debussy or even Satie, and this is true of many tracks.” Tony Augarde, Jazz CD Reviews
If you would like to purchase a copy of New Focus or if you would like to learn more about the project please visit www.new-focus.org
NEW FOCUS will be performing at The Whirlwind Festival:
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Nominated for Scottish Album of the Year 2012
"An excellent new album" The Independent
“New Focus is a great advertisement for the Scottish jazz scene. Wiszniewski and Stevenson are talented composers who, together with their fellow players, meld inspirations from classic jazz and Scotland’s own musical heritage to create exciting and innovative music” All About Jazz