Adam Fairhall solo

Adam’s solo performances explore the full range of the solo jazz piano vocabulary, from ragtime to explosive free playing. As with his other work, languages are overlaid (sometimes literally, with stride in the left-hand and free playing in the right), or mixed on a more subtle level. During this process Adam’s forward-looking personality and lyricism always shine through.

Please press play below to listen to The Crow Pound, a solo piece recorded in 2008 at the Axis Theatre, MMU, Alsager. Here a left-hand boogie figure is hinted at in a free improvisation, before becoming the basis of a full-on boogie section. By the end of the piece, the contours of the boogie figures remain, but they are played in clusters in a percussive section that eventually becomes a free passage involving elbows and palms.

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Recently Adam has started to incorporate other mechanical keyboard instruments into his solo work, including a prepared toy piano, an Indian harmonium, a prepared Hohner Pianet and a 100 year-old Dulcitone, which has some interesting idiosyncrasies that Adam enjoys exploiting during  improvisations.

He has also, after years of looking, acquired a portable acoustic piano. It is a Cramer ‘ship’s piano’, and  fits in the back of his car without even needing to go on its side! It has been fully restored and re-stringed, and is an ideal solution for venues without pianos.

Notable solo gigs have included performances at Leeds International Jazz Conference 2005, Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2011 and Manchester Jazz Festival 2014. Please follow the link below to view a performance at Poets and Players in the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester in 2013.

Adam Fairhall Solo has been selected for the Northern Line scheme 2014-15, in which Jazz North provides half of the artist fee for gigs in the north. For details  on the scheme, please follow the link below:

Below is a tech spec and stage plan document for promoters and venues: