21st August 8:30pm – elegies @ Jazz at the Lescar, Sheffield
First outing for a new project playing Seth Bennett‘s original compositions.
5th September 9:30pm – Ward/Constanzo/Trocado/Tavares @ Mira Forum, Porto
Improvised trios/solos/quartet featuring UK/US/PT improvisers Rodrigo Constanzo, Nuno Trocado & Sergio Tavares.
7th September 7pm – Cotovelo @ Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, Porto
Playing Cotovelo for Porta-Jazz.
10th September 8:30pm – Overground Collective @ Vortex, Dalston
Finally! Overground Collective launches its debut album on Babel Label at the Vortex, Dalston! This will be epic!!
28th September 7pm – Tom Ward / Emil Karlsen @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley
BRÅK resumes at waterinto beer, I’m playing with Emil Karlsen.
26th October 7pm – Tom Ward / Nuno Trocado @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley
I’m very pleased to welcome Portugese guitarist Nuno Trocado to BRÅK.
27th October 3:30pm – Ward/Trocado/Willberg/Lisle + tbc @ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
Nuno & me play with Andrew Lisle and Otto Willberg.
17th November – IMPETUS @ Hundred Years Gallery
Dirk Serries’ newest improvising large ensemble.
23rd November 7pm – Tom Ward / Emily Shapiro @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley
A bass clarinet duo with Emily Shapiro.
1st December 3:30pm – Tom Ward/Emil Karlsen + tbc @ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
Another duo set with Emil, with support from tbc.
Coming soon! Two large ensemble albums on which I play bass clarinet! Alongside lots of beautiful musicians.
Overground Collective on Babel Label
Ensemble Entropy on Discus
Here I am having some trio larks with Mark Sanders & Sarah Gail Brand:
“These two first releases on his own Madwort label show Tom Ward to be a highly creative musician with an excellent technique on a variety of reed instruments. He’s also a skilled and consistently interesting composer and a highly fluent and intuitive improviser. This is serious music that doesn’t take itself too seriously, always a winning combination in my book, and although it may be a little esoteric for some ears there is still much here on both recordings for the adventurous listener to enjoy.” – Jazz Mann
Richard Knight sadly couldn’t make it, but Ollie Dover hotfooted it straight from playing with the Turbans at Glastonbury to come and play duo! Serious clarinet business!
Great to play with Laura at wib!
This was so nice – great music & lovely people.
Reviewed by Paul Bream for Jazzwise online:
“The three horn section of John Martin (tenor), Chris Williams (alto) and Tom Ward (bass clarinet) were tight and punchy in scored ensemble passages, and unfailingly imaginative when seizing their improvisational opportunities”
“as much a community as a band”