Madwort Sax Quartet – Live at Ryans

msqspillkitposterThe recording of the Sax Quartet gig from Ryan’s bar sounded so nice (aside from a slightly shaky first 30secs…), that I’ve put the entire gig online. Lovely playing by everyone! Listen here:

Gigs spring/summer 2013!

I have a couple of nice gigs in the coming months:

5th June 2013 – Madwort Sax Quartet @ Ryan’s Bar

We’re playing at Ryan’s Bar in Stoke Newington, supporting SPILL KIT.

24th June 2013 – Quadraceratops @ Jazz In The Round

Cath Robert’s Quadraceratops will be a set as part of Jez Nelson’s Jazz In The Round series, at The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH.

30th July 2013 – Ti/om @ Collisions

A new improvising duo project with myself and Tim Fairhall (double bass) will be doing a double-bill with the Colin Webster/Mark Holub duo at a new night run by Cath Roberts & Dan Paton.

Madwort Sax Quartet Mini-tour!

The Madwort Sax Quartet have our first two gigs outside London coming up!

First up is One Note Sunday, a monthly night run by Corey Mwamba. We’re playing on Dec 2nd from 7pm. See also the facebook group.

Then on Tuesday night (Dec 4th) we’re playing at Efpi Record’s Freedom Principle opposite the Anton Hunter Trio. This gig will finish with a one-off collaboration between the two groups playing some tunes from Cath Robert’s Quadraceratops!


Sax Quartet gig at The Salisbury

We had a great time playing at the Salisbury pub, and Geoff Winston has written a very kind review of the band on the LondonJazz blog:

“Ward was not to be typecast – there were strong echoes of Moondog’s spiky, unyielding structures and the mathematical syncopations of Reich and Glass, as well as the joyous intensity of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, but maybe at the core was a link back to Les Six and Francaix’s fleet and agile saxophone pieces. The group’s sychronisation, the engaging, rounded brass sound and the impressive ease with which the four musicians blended to dish out a significantly distinctive musical proposition made for a perfect opening sortie, and suggested that we may well be hearing much more from them.”

Sax quartet recording!

A couple of weeks ago, the sax quartet went down into the underground music bunker that is House of Strange to do a spot of recording, ably assisted by Ash Gardner and Dave O’Brien. Watch this space for the results!