May 26th to June 16th – LUME (Quadraceratops/Entropi) on UK tour!
This is the big one – LUME on Tour! A string of nine dates featuring the double-bill of bands from Cath Roberts & Dee Byrne around the UK, partially funded by Arts Council UK.
- 26th May – Jazz At The Spotted Dog, Birmingham
- 27th May – Jazz At The Lescar, Sheffield
- 29th May – Fusebox, Leeds
- 31st May – Splinter Jazz, Newcastle
- 1st June – Freedom Principle, Manchester
- 5th June – The Bebop Club, Bristol
- 7th June – ‘LUME Presents…’, The Vortex, London
- 15th June – Friends Meeting House, Derby
- 16th June – Dempsey’s, Cardiff
Wednesday June 17th – Overground Collective
A set from Paulo Duarte’s big band playing Super Mario.
Tuesday July 14th, 9pm – Overground Collective @ Vortex Jazz, Dalston
A full programme from the big band, including tunes by Paulo Duarte & other band members.
Wednesday August 5th, 2.30pm – Madwort Sax Quartet @ Portico Library, Manchester Jazz Festival
We’ve very pleased to announce that the sax quartet will be playing a lunchtime gig in the beautiful surroundings of the Portico Library during the Manchester Jazz Festival.
It’s been a busy old time here at Madwort HQ, recent exciting activities have included:
Madwort’s Menagerie at St Pauls Sessions
This gig was amazing, the band played the **** out of my tunes, and a really appreciative audience.
Anton Hunter’s Article XI in Derby
For the first time in many years, I cracked out a big band arrangement for Paulo Duarte’s Overground Collective which we played at the Others in April. I’d forgotten quite what it’s like standing in front of such a massive powerhouse of musicians all going for it & such a privilege to have musicians of such calibre playing my music… Might have to do some more of it…
New Dark Art
We also did another two gigs – Derby & London – playing Corey Mwamba’s New Dark Art with the Eb Sax Quartet (myself & Chris Williams on alto sax, Cath Roberts & Colin Webster on bari sax). The gigs were a bit different but equally great!
Rodrigo Constanzo’s Improvisation Analytics
Woop, Andreae-Knight-Ward @ LUME was a blast!
The group sounds something like this:
Oooh, just emerged from the vaults – video of the Overground Collective at LUME at the Vortex from August 2014!
In anticipation of our gig at LUME we’ve posted some small samples of sounds online for your listening pleasure:
UPDATE: We had a really fun time playing! Photo courtesy of LUME…
Had a great time playing at Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss’ Freedom Loft Sessions on Feb 9th, and amazingly somebody filmed the whole thing! Listen & watch our set here:
A few nice concerts in the coming months:
Sunday Jan 25th – Madwort Sax Quartet @ Jazz at the Salisbury, Green Lanes
This band’s first gig was at Jazz at the Salisbury way back in Sept 2012, I think the acoustic really suits this line-up so it should be a great gig.
Thursday Feb 26th – Ti/om @ LUME, Long White Cloud, Hoxton
A return to LUME for Ti/om featuring Tim Fairhall on double bass and myself on bass clarinet, this time possibly with a special guest.
Friday March 13th – Madwort’s Menagerie @ St Paul’s Sessions, Rossmore Road, London, NW1 6NJ
Part of a series of gigs Chris Dowding is putting on at St Paul’s church near Marylebone, I’m really excited to progress the menagerie band & compositions here and not at all phased that it’s on Friday the 13th… Oooo-eerrrr….
Wednesday March 25th – Anton Hunter’s Article XI @ Family Album, Derby
I’ll be substituting for the amazing Simon Prince in Anton Hunter’s large ensemble project Article XI.
Thursday March 26th – Andreae/Knight/Ward @ LUME, Long White Cloud, Hoxton
A brand-new trio project for 2015, featuring Sam Andreae on tenor saxophone, Richard Knight on no-input mixer & myself on alto saxophone, this unique line-up provides a fascinating palette for improvisation.
Thursday April 9th – Fairhall/Rolfsson/Ward @ Foley Street
Another new trio featuring Matilda Rolfsson playing a unique bass drum & percussion setup, alongside Tim Fairhall on double bass & myself on bass clarinet/flute. This group builds on and extends the sonic palette that Tim & I have been working on as Ti/om.
When internet jokes attack! An eight piece all-saxophone improvising group!
Playing at the Vortex December 7th 2014 & The Family Album, Derby on December 9th 2014. Featuring Dee Byrne, Cath Roberts, Julie Kjaer, Rachel Musson, Oliver Dover, Colin Webster, Sam Andreae & myself. Chaos ensues…