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.
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.
There’s a new collaboration on the horizon between The Guastalla Quartet and The Kate Williams Trio. Kate’s been busy arranging and writing charts for the concert season in 2016. Featuring Williams originals alongside the music of artists including Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Cole Porter, we are delighted to be joining the titanic trio of Kate, Oli Hayhurst and David Ingamells. To whet your appetite, click here for some demo tracks recorded in July at Konk Studios. For this project, Marie Schreer and I are joined by Sergio Serra (cello) and Miguel Rodriguez (viola).
I had a great time at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, in late July, performing a Prom Extra Lates gig with The John Garner Quartet. We played four original numbers interspersed with poetry by Jon Stone and presented by Georgia Mann. The shortened broadcast will be available online for another 19 days. Listen whilst you still can!
On a non-violinistic note, here’s the first Meraki Mix, Keep On Digging, compiled and mixed by myself and drummer/DJ Flo Rosset. Recorded entirely from our vinyl collections, this one is for fans of smoky jazz, guitar duels and cowboy ska.
I’ve been featured in a lovely article from online magazine gather.ly investigating the electronic influences in my music making. I’ll be teaming up with gather.ly and electronic musician The Last Skeptik soon to bring you some exciting new sounds!
Read the article here.
See you at the Last Night of the Proms, or in Bournemouth on September 17th!