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.
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!
Night night Diary! xx
London is very wet. This morning London is very, very wet. The inevitable conclusion of which is that I have decided to reminisce about drier times and drier places. Here are a few pictures from my trips to Combret, Bodrum and Southwold where I have been lucky enough to perform in the last few weeks.