Lucy Claire Quartet @ BBC London

I never want to see 5:20 on a frosty Saturday morning in London again. Having said that, I had a smashing time playing live on BBC London with the Lucy Claire Quartet. We were performing a couple of Lucy’s beautiful pieces for string quartet and electronics. Lucy writes deeply heartful music and is certainly a name to look out for in the cinematic future. You can catch our performance and Lucy’s interview for one week on BBC iPlayer. Click here to hear the broadcast.

Lucy Claire Quartet

Lucy Claire Quartet

Freefall

Polaroid 85 live in the studio

A happy belated white Christmas to you all. Snow just makes everything seem better (‘seem’ being the crucial word). Here’s a video by my band Polaroid 85 of a live session that we did in the autumn of 2012. You can download our first EP here for free. Our second EP is coming very soon!

Apocalypse now?

Congratulations on beating the end of the world. Here’s a dubstep requiem by AZEDIA (released at midnight) on which I am playing solo violin. It’s a corker alright!

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.

Free download – live acoustic session

***Available for the first time ever in full technicolour and dolby digital almost-surround sound!***

Ok, now I’ve got your attention… Please have a free download from Soundcloud of the live acoustic cover session I did in May with the talented Neeta Sarl and Steve Barnegren, recorded by Jack Sugden at Surrey University. Both London Elektricity and Jono McCleery have shared these covers on their pages. More to come very soon…

 

Louis Mander: Sonata for Violin & Piano

Last Thursday, October 18th, I premiered Louis Mander’s Sonata for Violin & Piano to a very friendly audience at the RCM. It’s a delightful work, full of life and with moments of real poignancy. On stage with me was the very talented Mr Ian Tindale. You can watch the whole performance below.

Stand Proud

In April, I did a session of covers with my good friend and talented singer/producer Neeta Sarl (of Polaroid 85)and drummer/percussionist Steve Barnegren. This is the first track we are releasing. It’s a cover of a tune by the up-and-coming artist Jono McCleery who is certainly worth checking out. This is ‘Stand Proud’.

Teardrop

Here’s the final video from the session I did at Surrey University with Clement Rooney in April. ‘Teardrop’ by Massive Attack.

Recordings from the vaults

Good day to you all. Aren’t we having delightful English weather? But hey, where would England be without green and pleasant lands? With my exodus of the country looming for the remaining summer, I leave you with the first of a series of covers done by myself and pianist Clement Rooney in April. This is Outkast’s ‘Roses’.