Sloth Racket is sharing the bill with Dee Byrne’s excellent band Entropi for the first time on Wednesday 13th March, for a special LUME double bill concert at Kings Place. LUME has been taking some time off since our second festival in summer 2017, so it will be great to host our first event in a while at a totally new venue for us.
On Sunday 24th February the trio of Olie Brice, Corey Mwamba and me will play at Hundred Years Gallery. This will be either its second or third gig, and the first one after a long break. With Corey retiring from live performance in March, we thought we should get a date in the diary. Come along for an afternoon of improvised music and a rare last chance to hear this combination of people.
The second video from our Vortex gig in September last year: another audience-eye view, and this time it’s ‘A Glorious Monster’. I made this one black and white and I’m kind of into it!
Madwort’s Menagerie is Tom Ward’s chamber-ish sextet project, which I became a member of relatively recently. We recorded a set of Tom’s music in 2017 and the album is coming out this Spring on his new label Madwort Records. To celebrate the release, we’ll be playing at Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton on Saturday 9th February. For this date the lineup will be:
Tom Ward – flute
Alex Bonney – cornet
Adam Spiers – cello
Andrew Woolf – bass clarinet
Cath Roberts – baritone saxophone
Tim Fairhall – double bass
The latest incarnation of the band VOLE, led by Roland Ramanan (trumpet) and Roberto Sassi (guitar), will play its first gig at SETspace in Dalston on Wednesday 16th January. I’m on baritone sax, and the lineup now has added Colin Webster (alto sax) and Andrew Lisle (drums). After a lot of rehearsal, it will be great to play Roland and Roberto’s compositions live with the new band!
We’ve got a great selection of guest artists coming through for the next season of BRÅK at waterintobeer. I’ll be playing with Anton Hunter (for our first Ripsaw Catfish gig of the year), Lara Jones and Andrew Cheetham. Flyer below with all the dates and info.
In BRÅK-related news, Taran Singh published a really lovely interview with Colin, Tom and me about the night, which you can read on the Taran’s Free Jazz Hour site.
Happy New Year! Benedict Taylor has just invited me to be a part of this gig tomorrow night at Arch 1 in East London. I’ll be playing a duo set with Sam Andreae – our second outing…
Wishing everyone who has followed and supported my work in 2018 a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’m signing off for the festive break, but the blog will be back early next year with news of upcoming activities.
The Favourite Animals large ensemble will gather for a one-off 2018 date on 10th December at City, University of London. I’m looking forward to playing this music again, with a nine-piece version of the group:
Dee Byrne – alto sax
Sam Andreae – alto sax
Tom Ward – bassclarinet/flute
Graham South – trumpet
Tullis Rennie – trombone
Cath Roberts – baritone sax
Anton Hunter – guitar
Otto Willberg – double bass
Johnny Hunter – drums
The concert is free to attend, but you need to register your place on the City website as spaces are limited….