Madwort’s Menagerie @ Barbican, EFG London Jazz Festival

LUME at the Barbican freestage for the London Jazz Festival was a brilliant day! Our set went well, and looked like this:

And here’s Adam Spiers holding Gina Southgate’s painting of us:

Madwort Saxophone Quartet @ MJF 2015 (updated)

Two bits of news about the upcoming Madwort Saxophone Quartet gig at Manchester Jazz Festival…

Firstly, it’s apparently sold out, so if you don’t already have a ticket, you’re too late!

Secondly, in very sad news, Chris Williams has fractured a bone in his hand in a freak accident, so the amazing Dee Byrne will be standing in for him on alto saxophone.



We had a great time (medical emergencies aside), here are some photos from the day taken by David McLenachan:

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Also, some vines from MJF!!

LUME was two

…was great! The dice & hat randomly selected some really nice groups, and I particularly enjoyed playing duo with Joe Wright:

lume is two - tom and joe

New Albums! Saxoctopus! AKW! LUME!

The forthcoming Saxoctopus album is now available to pre-order! Check it out on bandcamp here:

And in fortuitous style, Live at LUME is also released today, which features a track from AKW (the trio of myself with no-input mixer artist Richard Knight & saxophonist Sam Andreae):

Upcoming gigs Spring/Summer 2015

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

Thursday July 9th, 7pm – LUME 2nd birthday party – Hat Jam!

I’ll be one of 15 amazing improvisers putting their names into the hat for a night of unexpected & impromptu ensembles at Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton to celebrate LUME’s second birthday!

Tuesday July 14th, 9pm – Overground Collective @ Vortex Jazz, Dalston

The big band returns to the world-famous Vortex, featuring tunes by Paulo Duarte & other band members (possibly including one of mine…!)

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.

Various Events Spring 2015

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

Overground Collective

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

I was also very pleased to get involved with Rodrigo Constanzo’s Improvisation Analytics project in a programming capacity. This was a fun JavaScript front-end project built using dimplejs, d3, regression-js, JQuery & waveform-data.js & Rod was a pleasure to work with. You can interact with a live analysis of Rod’s improvisation Everything. Everything at once. Once. (1a).