Busy sessioning

Merry December! We’ve made it through another year and now the festive season is upon us. Remember, it’s not presents that people want, it’s your presence (but I definitely want your presents). And with that baloney over and done with, here’s a hopefully-not-too-dull recounting of my busy weekend.

On Saturday I joined Neeta Sarl, Rita Morar, Steve Barnegren, Ana Vranes, Jenny Grib and Sam Ryan in performances of some original tunes and cover tunes to be released early next year. We were lucky enough to be able to record in the incredibly beautiful, slightly creepy, Caroline Gardens Chapel in Southeast London. The videos will look fab and it was a lot of fun, but if you ever record there in the winter, take a radiator or five (or do as we did and take plenty of wine).

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of recording with the talented Messeurs Toby Nelms, Jamie Kenny and Dan Day prior to our private concert on Tuesday. We recorded quite a few jazz standards including tunes by Thelonious Monk, Django Reinhardt and John Coltrane. Releases from this session will appear in 2013 on Love Buzz recordings. Keep your eyes open for these guys.

Finally (I promise), I was lucky to get the chance to play with the live dubstep band AZEDIA a couple of weeks back in a live session at Dean St. Studios in Soho, London. Keep your eyes open for a new video from them on January 1st, 2013. It’s a smashing track and makes for a really exciting live performance. They’re ones to watch for the future.

Next week I’ll be in the studio with Polaroid 85 (at Paul Epworth’s studio hurray!), composer Lucy Thornton and the Hot Club Ensemble. Watch this space! Finally (ok, I lied earlier, whatever), a warning from me: don’t drink and busk. It ends badly.

Performing with Stewart Copeland

I recently found out that my quartet, the Park Quartet, will be performing some of Stewart Copeland’s compositions (Orchestralli) alongside the Royal College of Music’s Big Band with the man himself! Stewart Copeland is best known as the drummer from the supergroup ‘The Police’. This is really something to look forward to!

Stewart Copeland

 

Band time-lapse

It’s finally the end of a very long week. After a gig with the Garnish Trio, rehearsals and gig with Polaroid 85, two lessons and several sets of busking, I’m quite eager for Sunday! Here’s a time-lapse video of Polaroid 85 soundchecking at our Bedroom Bar gig on March 1st.

Polaroid 85 review

Yesterday Music Muso  introduced my band Polaroid 85 on its site. Have a read of the article here:

http://www.musicmuso.com/news/1447/introducing-polaroid-85-free-debut-3-track-offering-news-article.html

 

Polaroid 85