The 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:
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.
A few videos from our gig last night:
The Madwort Sax Quartet have our first two gigs outside London coming up!
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!
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.”
Thanks to a cancellation, our new saxophone quartet has its first gig this Sunday, courtesy of Jazz @ The Salisbury! We’ve one half of a double-bill, it starts at 8:30pm, and it’s £5 to get in.
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!
Further recordings from the rehearsal room:
We had our first rehearsal a couple of days a go – edited highlights on Soundcloud! Bear in mind that everyone’s playing it for the first time…