The Pagoda Project




Recently featured on the Songlines Best of the World album for March 2016

Quip-loving Feastie Boy meets contemporary classicist

Paul Hutchinson, half of the fabulous Belshazzar’s Feast, teams up here with clarinettist Karen Wimhurst from the world of contemporary classical music. Hutchinson writes all but two of the 12 tracks – Wimhurst’s name is on the mellifluous ‘Introduction’ and the closing ‘Wish List’ – on Pagoda, a folk-jazz-classical fusion project. Hutchinson’s accordion and Wimhurst’s bass clarinet improvise from folk melodies as well as adding touches of Balkan-style klezmer on ‘Shipton’, which Hutchinson amusingly notes takes its name from ‘a town in the Cotswolds, which is largely responsible for keeping Farrow & Ball solvent.’

Hutchinson is renowned for his decidedly laconic sense of humour – always on display at any of his shows with Paul Sartin. While there’s plenty of that in his song titles and brief song descriptions, the music itself is beautiful and measured, a real pleasure to settle in and get familiar with. This CD arrived shortly after the horrific attacks in Beirut and Paris, and it proved to be music of calm and balm, bringing a measure of sympathy and healing to a strange and deadly world.

Tim Cumming


Karen Wimhurst founded the award winning Cauld Blast Orchestra in 1990 which worked
as a leading voice in innovative Scottish fusion styles until 2005. 

Cauld Blast Orchestra

Truly superb

Extraordinary combination of jazz, classical and Scottish traditional styles
Glasgow Herald

Most recently she has been performing with the free improvisation outfit


the most exciting group in Europe today
Penguin Guide to jazz 06

The 7 piece experimental folk band

Big Top

The jazz quartet


her latest venture

Fruit of Paradise