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!
I had the great privilege this afternoon of jamming with pianist Rekesh Chauhan and percussionist Alok Verma. These guys are extremely talented and are recognised as such by many seriously respected musicians. I’m very excited about the future of this project. We’ll be bringing you ear candy very soon!
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.
Here’s the final video from the session I did at Surrey University with Clement Rooney in April. ‘Teardrop’ by Massive Attack.
Whilst I was on the Moritzburg Festival Academy in Gemany, it transpired that one of the chamber concerts was also a competition, with the audience as the jury! I performed the first and second movements of Shotakovich’s glorious second piano trio with the very talented Samuel Justitz (cello) from Switzerland and Ho Jeong Lee (piano) from South Korea. We beat off some really tough competition to steal first prize which was a very nice surprise! I was also interviewed before our concert at the Konzerthaus Berlin by a journalist from Deutsche Welle for a rather interesting article:
Here’s a Submotion Orchestra cover (excellent band – check out their début album). This is a wonderful tune featuring beautiful strings on the original. I made my best attempt at sub-bass on a violin – you’ll need more than your laptop speakers to hear it! I’m away from real-life for the next four weeks, so this is my last offering for awhile. Sayonara!
On October 18th, I will be performing the world premiere of Louis Mander‘s sonata for violin and piano (see Diary for detailed info). Louis is an up-and-coming composer who I was very lucky to work with, albeit briefly, very recently. There are more exciting things further down the line, including a new opera by Louis, bits of which I have already had the fortune to play.
My quartet (Park Quartet) has received a very pleasant review (see page 5) recently in the Anglo-Netherlands Society Newsletter, of all places:
Ably led by Eunsley Park, the Park Quartet opened the evening’s events with Haydn’s Vivace Assai (from a set known as the London Quartets), Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin. The Park Quartet fully demonstrated the strengths which have led to these third year BMus students being selected to represent the RCM in inter-collegiate competitions.
In other news, here’s the second video I am releasing from my April video session with pianist Clement Rooney. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is an excellent song by Belgian-Australian artist Gotye, featuring Kimbra, and is the first refreshing tune that I have discovered in the top ten for a woefully long time. It’s worth checking out more of this man’s music, my favourite album being ‘Like Drawing Blood’. I hope Clem and I have managed to do him justice.