LIO: We stay apart because we love each other

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Ti/om on Radio 3 Freeness

Very excited that the new Ti/om recording will be played on Radio 3’s Freeness show with Corey Mwamba this week!

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What a day! So much great music! Anyway, here’s some pictures of *me*!

Reviewed in London Jazz News:

“Saxophonist Tom Ward plays with that same vitality as Colin Webster but a touch more of a warm jazz sense. His technical assuredness in using squeaks and harmonics within and around his tonal phrasing led neatly into some almost Rollins-like punchy lyricism. Ward moved over to flute a couple of times which varied the texture (keeping with a sixties vibe) but I think it’s a newer thing for him, with a shorter prosody of phrasing. On sax, he really talks. His pedalling sax with Williams’s bowed bass drew the performance into a powerful doomy sense of a happy end of the world.

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Vestiges review – – Vestiges review

4.5 stars!

The automated translator says: “Such diversity of approaches makes this proposal for electroacoustic improvisation a richness that distinguishes it from others more parameterized in the Portuguese and international contexts, which is an asset when we verify that even in this area a “mainstream” has been installed.”

Tom Ward / Emil Karlsen – Concrescence

Postcard/download release of this live recording from late 2019 at Hundred Years Gallery:

Ti/om and Han-Earl Park/Cath Roberts/Alex Bonney at Hundred Years Gallery

Sunday 22nd March! Hundred Years Gallery!

Ti/om (Tom Ward/Tim Fairhall) + Alex Bonney/Cath Roberts CANCELLED. Sunday 22nd March 15:30

Ti/om is the improvising duo of Tim Fairhall (double bass) & Tom Ward (bass clarinet & flute). This will be the launch gig for their new recording “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”, which documents their 2016 residency in a bothy on the Isle of Eigg, off the west coast of Scotland.

They stayed for a week in winter, looking out over the mountains of Rhum; playing together and alone, walking in the hills, and meditating on the relation of music to place, and the process of inspiration. The music seeks an expression of personal responses to Eigg, to the wildness and the quietude both, to inhabit in the music the same emotional spaces as entered into on the island; trying to play in such a way that feels consonant with the state of being out on the hill.

Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park (박한얼) has been crossing borders and performing fuzzily idiomatic, on occasion experimental, always traditional, open improvised musics for twenty years. He has performed in clubs, theaters, art galleries, concert halls, and (ad-hoc) alternative spaces across Europe, Korea and the USA.

This will be the first meeting of a trio with master UK-based improvisers Alex Bonney (trumpet/electronics) and Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone).

Madwort’s Menagerie – Bird is the Worm Best of 2019

“…a curious beauty, where melodies have the ephemeral quality of dreams and harmonies like their lingering aftereffect upon waking, slowly and greeted by soft daylight, and the motion of the music is fitful and anxious, as if children unable to sit still in church pews during a morning service.”

Chuffed to see this record on Bird is the Worm’s best of 2019 list!

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