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Projeto Guimarães Jazz / Porta-Jazz #4

Very excited to be heading to Guimarães Jazz 2017 for a residency in November, working collaboratively with Portugese musicians, an actress and a playwright. We present the results of our residency on Sunday, 12 November at 21h30! Here’s the project description:

This year`s edition of the partnership between Guimarães Jazz and the association Porta-Jazz is based on the intersection between music and theatre: an old relationship which, although following many different paths, is essential to performative arts.

During a week of artistic residency, playwright Jorge Louraço Figueira will write a text and actress Catarina Lacerda will perform it in collaboration with a quartet led by Nuno Trocado (guitar) and featuring musicians Tom Ward (saxophones, flute, bass clarinet), Sérgio Tavares (bass) and Acácio Salero (drums). The main theme of the residency is the relation between sound and word, confronting both pre-determined as well as improvised contributions in order to collectively conjugate all the individual inputs in a coherent way. The main guideline is jazz – a style of music which, in its purer form, is nothing more than attempt to conjugate different inputs into a musically coherent way.

Upcoming gigs Autumn/Winter 2016

September 17th – Cath Roberts Large Ensemble @ Lancaster Jazz Festival, The Round, The Dukes, Lancaster

Very excited to be playing as part of a great ten-piece ensemble, playing new music written by Cath as Artist In Residence at Lancaster Jazz Festival!

September 28th – Ti/om @ IKLECTIK Art Lab, Waterloo

Another outing for the duo with Tim Fairhall, supporting Sloth Racket‘s first album tour.

October 23rd, 5pm – Madwort’s Menagerie @ Baby People Studios, Derby

The incredible Corey Mwamba’s Out Front project is hosting an amazing week of music, very privileged to be playing as part of that with my strings & winds sextet.

November 14th – LUMEkestra @ IKLECTIK Art Lab, Waterloo

This new ultra-large ensemble collective collaboration takes off at IKLECTIK. Sharing the bill with Ripsaw Catfish & Entropi, should be a classic LUME night.

November 13th – Overground Collective @ The Vortex, London (EFG London Jazz Festival)

Paulo’s oversized big band gets another outing, back at the Vortex. This will be mega…

Upcoming gigs Spring/Summer 2016

June 14th – Pyne/Riches/Ward @ Arch One

First outing of a new collaborative project with Martin Pyne (vibes) and Ed Riches (guitar), alongside Deemer and Cath Roberts.

June 26th – Article XI @ LUME Fest, IKLEKTIK Art Lab, Waterloo

I’ll be playing tenor sax with Anton Hunter’s awesome Article XI project.

June 28th – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Watermill Jazz, Dorking

July 7th – Bennett/Hunter/Ward @ Brighton Alt Jazz Festival fundraiser, Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton

Another new collaborative trio, this time with Seth Bennett (double bass) and Anton Hunter (guitar) organised especially in support of the awesome Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival. Also on the bill are some very exciting things, including a set from improvising guitarist Ian Brighton.

July 29th – “What happens in our brain when we improvise” @ Manchester Jazz Festival

Dr Graeme Wilson lectures, hopefully illuminated with musical creations in duo with Adam Fairhall (piano).

August 5th – Ti/om @ V22, Forest Hill

A duo set with Tim Fairhall (double bass) as part of a Raw Tonk showcase night in our current homeland of South-East London

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.

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UPDATE:

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!!

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.

Upcoming gigs Winter/Spring 2015

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.

Upcoming gigs Autumn/Winter 2014

Sunday October 5th – Quadraceratops @ The Vortex, Dalston

After a lot of hard work by bandleader Cath Roberts, we’re very pleased to present the first Quadraceratops album at the London launch party!

Tuesday October 7th – Quadraceratops @ Freedom Principle, Manchester

The Northern leg of the album launch!

October 31st to November 7th – Philip Clouts tour @ Various places in Scotland

I’m again replacing Carlos Lopez-Real for a tour around Scotland with Philip Clouts.

London Jazz Festival

Tuesday November 18th – Paulo Duarte @ Charlie Wright’s, Hoxton

I’ll be depping for Chris Williams on alto with Paulo Duarte’s band.

Thursday November 20th – Quadraceratops @ LUME, London White Cloud, Hoxton

The first of two LJF shows by the Quadraceratops

Sunday November 23rd – Quadraceratops @ Jazz in the Round

We’re very happy to be playing on the Jazz in the Round stage at the South Bank centre. Timings TBC!

Upcoming gigs Summer 2014

Sunday Aug 3rd – Madwort’s Menagerie @ The Vortex, Dalston

The first outing of a brand new line-up comprising flute, cornet, trombone, bass clarinet, cello & double bass! More details to follow…

Various events, May 2014

A varied month of music – a few gigs in the west country with the Philip Clouts quartet, an unexpected last-minute call to play bass clarinet in a rehearsal for the e17 large ensemble which turned out to be a video shoot(!), playing cuban songs with a voice/alto sax/congas trio, playing with Chris Dowding at John Hegley’s night at the Betsey Trotwood and going to see lots of gigs – the highlight of which was clearly Loose Tubes at Ronnie Scott’s, but Louis Moholo-Moholo at Cafe Oto wasn’t far behind!