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.
Here’s the brand new LP ‘Blue Fields’ from my jazz quartet. Featuring three incredibly talented colleagues and friends of mine, Toby Nelms (keys), Jamie Kenny (double bass) and Dan Day (kit). It was released yesterday, exactly ONE YEAR since we recorded it live at Konk Studios, London. These things take some time, but I’m very proud of the final product. Brought to sonic life by Josh Green and accompanied by beautiful album artwork by Jason Ebel, please stream it, download it, share it and enjoy it!
This has been a good month. Kicking off with a recording session for the music of the official boxing yoga instructional DVD really set the tone for the following few weeks. Can’t wait to see the final cut with music from my new group The Future Ancients (alongside my talented pals Nikola Kovacevic, Giovanni Cacioppo and Alok Verma – big names!).
The following weekend I was back in the studio (missing the sun again, curse you fortune!!!) with The Guastalla Quartet. We’re going to release the resulting album in a couple of days. Very excited for this one! Gotta love a bit of Beethoven and Shostakovich. We messed around a little at the end of the day and came up with this fun Super Mario cover…
After an appearance with Kate Simko and The London Electronic Orchestra (featuring Mainly Two’s début performance whoo yeah!), it was back into the rehearsal room before a full-on recording session with The John Garner Quartet. Can’t wait to get these tracks mixed and out there (will be funny to see people’s reaction to jazzed up versions of Pearl Jam tunes and such).
The last week of March was mental. Three jazz gigs in one week? Too many note choices to make… It was a great start to the Guildhall Jazz Festival for me with The Interplay Series, spearheaded by Kate Williams and William Goodchild. I had a great time leading the orchestra on stage with The Kate Williams Trio. The music of Bill Evans like you’ve never heard it before! Had a great time on the 26th with a small group performing some vintage jazz (nothing from 1940 onwards allowed). We scratched and scraped our way through some bawdy classics.
Finished off the month in a great way with a live video session with Polaroid 85 filmed by rising stars Flyotw Film. This is going to be a smashing video of a new track.
Next up BBC Symphony Orchestra recording with Sir Andrew Davis and a tour to Switzerland with Sakari Oramo!
Here’s some very exciting news (at least for me) fresh off the press. Marie Schreer and I have found a venue for the first concert of our contemporary duo project Mainly Two. Not just any venue either. We’ll be taking over the Norfolk House Music Room in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, two Friday evenings on the trot. It’s a spectacular place to unleash upon the world this colourful new music for the first time. As well as premiering the new works by some top composers of the moment (over a dozen in total), we’ll be taking a brief stroll into the archives of the violin duo world, exploring some of the repertoire, giving a bit of context to this relatively unknown medium. All very exciting stuff!
Join us on May 2nd and 9th. More details can be found here.
At roughly 21:45 yesterday evening (17/08/13), whilst setting up to play at Hackney WickED Arts Festival with Polaroid 85, my violin case (with my electric violin and my two bows inside) was stolen from behind me – on stage. We did not play the set. If anyone sees or hears of a violin available (it has Polaroid 85 stickers and Wonderland Festival stickers on it, model Carlo Giordano Silenzia EV-201, imitation wood – in a black Gewa violin formed case with two bows inside) please let me know. 07545568677 Please share this on facebook, twitter, etc.
This sort of thing shouldn’t be easy to get away with. Please help us catch this petty thief. The picture below is a stock image of the instrument stolen.
Aloha! (that’s as much joy as I can summon up on this ‘beautiful summer’s day)
I hope you’re having a beautiful summery day! Here’s a quick post about some exciting new media. This video of my jazz quartet was recorded live at a private concert in Chelsea. It’s a jazzed-up version of ‘The Gymnopedist’ by the very talented solo artist Jono McCleery, who I’m delighted has shared the video himself and given it his blessing. A few other tunes from this concert will soon be released in the form of a free EP for your downloading delectation!
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.
***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…