The Tight Lines Quartet

Again I’m whoring off the great content provided by the venerable Marshall Cutchin, but hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right?

So we here at the Fiddle and Creel (and by we, I mean me, because there isn’t anybody else, yet) feel that cultures are intertwined multivalent fabrics of human expression. The world isn’t one dimensional. We all have other interests beyond the myopic foci of fishing, hunting, bluegrass, art and photography. The world we inhabit is knitted together from equal parts art, science, and literature. Its a tapestry of all those elements tied together from the threads of the human experience, and storyline.

So we think the Tight lines Quartet is a perfect representation of our world view. See for yourself in the description pulled from their site jazzandflyfishing.com and eventually I will post the full Fiddle and Creel manifesto, exploring the shared cultural heritage between bluegrass and fly fishing. But for now, jazz and fly fishing will have to do.

The Tight Lines Quartet is a jazz band where all four members are passionate fly fishermen. These four jazzcats dedicated one year of their lives to the Jazz & Fly Fishing tour. Making this tour happen wasn´t easy, but they pulled it off, and did the tour of a lifetime. They went head-on into an adventure that no one believed in or had done before. This site is their blog and the official website of the Tight Lines Quartet and the Jazz & Fly Fishing project.

The band was touring all summer 2009, and the tour was filmed to make a TV series about their adventures. At this time, the TV series is in post-production.

Now, the first tour is done, but of course there will be lots more gigs coming up. We’ll let you know – so join the mailing list!

PHILOSOPHY

Jazz and fly fishing – what in the world do they have in common? Well, seemingly not that much. That is, until Jazz and Fly Fishing, a freshly-squeezed new concept devoted to the two was launched in 2008. Picture this: a “cream of the crop” jazz quartet of established young generation Nordic jazzmen take off on a fly fishing tour around Finland, Sweden and Norway playing gigs at big festivals, small jazz clubs and arctic hills alike. Needless to say, they spend all their spare time fly fishing beautiful rapids and peaceful mountain lakes. But that is just the starting point.

What really happens is improvisation. Fly fishing, a delicate improvisers’ game if there ever was one, is much about not letting the unexpected fool you. “The golf of fishing”, as it’s called, is in some aspects much like jazz, a world of interwoven details and meanings proved lethally addictive and endlessly rich with information.

The point, however, is not to marry jazz and fly fishing by force, but to do it effortlessly. Thus, the equipment and band members plus staff are fitted in to a bus that holds all necessary instruments for jazz and fly fishing. All this is executed with a touch of class, fishing with suits on, performing concerts in never-before-seen out of town settings.

Imagine a cracking modern jazz original next to the never-ending Northern summer light, a trout’s playful jump somewhere on the background, perhaps a nice slice of arctic char being cooked on the pan courtesy of the chef’s masterful touch. Make no mistake, though, nature hosts and jazz is the guest.

And apparently someone in the group is a fairly decent photographer too.

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