7 Star Arts promotes exciting and eclectic performances by a vibrant collective of musicians, actors, writers and artists, including acclaimed pianists Anthony Hewitt and Viv McLean, violinist David le Page, actress and writer Susan Porrett, jazz ensembles Partikel and the Liam Stevens Trio, and artist Klara Smith.
Performances often take place in smaller, more intimate venues and feature mixed-genre programmes combining music and words, and music, words and pictures to create unique and accessible concerts which offer unexpected insights into the music being performed.
From December 2016, 7 Star Arts has a residency at The Jazz Room at The Bull’s Head. Known as the “suburban Ronnie Scott’s”, The Bull’s Head is now an established part of the London jazz scene and host to many acclaimed jazz musicians and singers.
Classic Gershwin at The Bull’s Head – 24th December 2016
The vibrant music of George Gershwin is interwoven with his fascinating life story from birth in the colourful, teeming New York of 1898 to his tragically early death in 1937. Performed by Viv McLean, piano and Susan Porrett, narrator in the intimate Jazz Room at The Bull’s Head, Barnes, London SW13
“Vividly illustrated…. rapturously received.. highly recommended.”
Aydenne Simone & Liam Stevens Trio – 5th January 2017
Rowan Hudson with JJ Stillwell – 10th January 2017
The great strength of this format is the subtle interweaving of words and music. Susan’s text brings to life the personalities of Chopin and Sand through letters between them and their friends, and contemporary accounts. The readings set the tone, and the music reflects it, each piece sensitively rendered by Viv with expression and commitment, from the tenderest, most intimate Nocturnes (Op 9, No. 2, Op post. In C sharp minor) to an intensely poignant Mazurka (Op 17 No 4). …..Viv’s understated, modest delivery always allows the music to speak for itself, while Susan’s words lend greater focus, encouraging us to listen to the music even more attentively.
(from my review of ‘Divine Fire’)