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.
“entrancing, original and unpredictable stuff” – Dan Bergsagel – LondonJazzNews.com
…was great! The dice & hat randomly selected some really nice groups, and I particularly enjoyed playing duo with Joe Wright:
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):
It’s taken me a little bit of time to get over all the excitement (and the beer), but LUME on Tour was bloody brilliant!
“The only thing more blinding than the sun streaming through the Bridge’s huge bay window were the performances by these two outstanding bands.” – Bebop Spoken Here reviews the Newcastle gig
More live-tweeting archived on twitter hashtag LUMEonTour
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.
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!