Composer/pianist Pierre O’Reilly and I recently collaborated on a track for the Turquoise Coconut series Tea For Two. Artists who have not previously written together spend a day jamming, rehearsing and recording something new. ‘Alternity’ is the resulting release from myself and Pierre, a psychdelic instrumental, with three ‘movements’, that would feel right at home in a movie such as Samsara or Koyaanisqatsi. I created a music video from footage shot all over the globe to accompany the tune. Masterfully mixed and mastered by Andrew Woodhead and Aneek Thapar respectively, if you enjoy the video, please consider supporting us and purchasing the digital release.
EMANATA’s fourth EP in four years is available now on Turquoise Coconut. Even darker and heavier than previous offerings, it isn’t for the faint-hearted. Read about it here.
My small record label, Turquoise Coconut, has recently launched its flagship podcast! It’s available through all the normal podcast avenues, including iTunes, and features in-depth interviews with some of the finest musicians currently on the UK scene. Episode 1 features jazz pianist and composer Kate Williams, and episode 2 features jazz guitarist and composer Tobie Carpenter. Episode 3 with Liam Noble will follow soon. Click here to tune in.
A track I co-produced with hip-hop pioneer The Last Skeptik was recently released on his beat-tape vol. 2. Stream it on Spotify by clicking on the picture.
My new record label, Turquoise Coconut, has released its first two albums, both from my contemporary violin duo Mainly Two (keeping it in the family for the meantime!). We first released Poetry / Synergy independently in 2014, so we’re delighted to be bringing them to a bigger audience via the wonderful world wide web. Click on the album artwork to download your copy from iTunes.
Also on the releases side, the début recording from Four Plus Three, a collaboration between The Kate Williams Trio and The Guastalla Quartet, will be launched at the 606 Club next week, June 8th. It features some beautiful originals and arrangements by prominent jazz pianist and composer Kate Williams. Here’s the tour schedule:
Lastly, my jazz quartet has been pleasantly busy of late, so we’ve had the chance to get a few up-to-date videos and photos together. Here’s a small selection. Many thanks to Carla Rees for the wonderful shots.
I’m overjoyed to announce my new musical adventure. Marie Schreer and I have just founded Turquoise Coconut, a record label dedicated to new music and independent artists. Our first offerings will be digital re-releases of our Mainly Two début albums Poetry & Synergy, recorded in 2014. I look forward to sharing some wonderful music with you all in the future. Watch out on May 20th & 27th! Keep life colourful.
Tomorrow, Meraki will release an EP of ‘Vistas’ remixes, featuring the impressive likes of The Last Skeptik, Jonny Drop, Anton F, Mitch Wade Cole, Cameron Michael Graham and Trol23. Download links will follow, but you can stream them on Soundcloud right here:
Here’s a live video of our single ‘Contours’ that we filmed at our studio home Fat Tank.
‘Steel Skies’ is the third release from EMANATA. From the dark hip-hop vibes of the lead single ‘Nahualism’ to the space jazz of ‘Shut Eye’, the EP is unified by its strong sense of groove, inspired by the likes of The RH Factor, Snarky Puppy and José James. Recorded live in Trinity Studio, North London, and mixed and mastered by synth player Nikola Kovacevic, ‘Steel Skies’ is a refreshing addition to the electronic jazz catalogue of the moment.
Welcome to 2016. I hope it started in a positive fashion. I’ve got plenty of exciting gigs lined up, plus releases from Emanata and Meraki. Here are a couple of recent goodies from Meraki to kick start the year.
**And for the electronic geeks amongst you, a picture of my in-progress pedal board!**