by Margaret Chrystall
A DRUMMER brought up in Inverness will appear at the Edinburgh Blues and Jazz Festival in a collaboration that’s one of this year’s special projects.
Richard Kass is playing in Trio HSK with Grammy-winner Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy on Sunday, July 19 at the Festival Theatre Studio as part of the Scottish Jazz Expo, supported by The Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festival Expo Fund.
Cory - who started playing keyboards at the age of two won a Grammy in 2014 with Snarky Puppy for best R&B performance.
Richard said: "The gig I’m doing for the jazz festival is a collaboration between myself, Cory Henry and two other musicians, Ant Law and Richard Harrold.
"Myself, Ant and Rich Harrold all play in a group called Trio HSK, music which is rooted in contemporary classical composition and jazz.
"Cory will be joining us to play our arrangements and compositions and will also be opening the gig with a short solo set.
"Obviously I’m pretty stoked.
"Cory is an immense talent and Snarky Puppy is a group I really admire.
"Ant and Rich H are both incredible musicians too – playing in Trio with them is both a pleasure and a privilege.
"And the opportunity to be involved in a project like this is one I’m immensely grateful for. In particular I’d like to thank Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Scottish Government’s Festival Expo Fund who made this all possible."
Richard is a full-time member of electronica act Homework - with the line-up also including his brother Oliver.
Richard is also a member of jazz/fusion trio Discordian Trio and jazz/funk quintet Thunkfish, as well as being in Trio HSK. For more details of the festival: http://www.edinburghjazzfestival.com
Tickets for the festival – which runs across Edinburgh from Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 26 – go on sale at noon on Wednesday, May 6. For more about Richard and his music: www.facebook.com/richkassdrums