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.
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.”