Monday, 10 August 2015

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

something from the vaults

I always really enjoyed listening to the ICA

Good new music....on BABEL LABEL

Sunday, 1 September 2013

BRASS MASK will be releasing it's debut album 'SPY BOY' on the Babel Label on the 26th of September at the Vortex Jazz Club, London. Tickets can be found here:

I'm really excited about this project - I've been working on it for 18 months now, and the vibe of the band has really brought out the best in the music. The inspiration for the set is pretty diverse - I've been trying to consciously incorporate a lot of things on the forefront of my mind - namely the music of the Mardi Gras Indians, some of the feelings and angles Henry Threadgill manages to achieve, and a lot of the music I have been making with one of my other projects 'Fofoulah' which incorporates west african rhythms on top of a more 'urban' production. It's not grime. It's african music, but it sounds as though its been made on the Enterprise.

Anyway, that's what I've been trying to get into the sound of the band. Another important influence for this project was the lessons in counterpoint I've been having with Hans Koller. Especially writing for 7 horns, its been a real help, and I feel the direction it's given me has help steer it a different way - it's not like a straight up second line thing - hopefully it's something different.

So. ancient counterpoint meets Africa meets New Orleans meets London 2013. I think its about there...ish.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Gigs for April/May

24/03/13: Dice Factory + GSMD Alumini ensemble (playing specially written music by me). Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Silk Street, Barbican. 7.30pm.

27/03/13: Ibbetson/Bonney/Challenger/Brice/Mwamba @ Flim Flam.
Ryan's Bar, Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington. 8.30 pm.

01/04/13: George Crowley Quintet.
The Oxford, Kentish Town High Street, Kentish Town. 8.30 pm.

03/04/13: Bruno Heinen's Tierkreis Album Launch.
The Vortex Jazz Club, Gillett Square, Dalston. 8.00 pm.

04/03/13: Dave Manington's Riff Raff.
The Jazz Nursery, Ewer Street, Southwark. 9.00pm.

14//03/13: Ed Puddick Big band.
Venue and time tbc.

15/04/13: Mike Chillingworth Sextet
The Oxford, Kentish Town. 8.30 pm.

19/04/13: Red Snapper play Touki Bouki

20/04/13: Fofoulah
Passing Clouds, Dalston, London

24/04/13: Red Snapper
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

02/05/13: Green Chimneys Festival
The Jazz Nursery, Ewer Street, Southark

03/05/13: Green Chimneys Festival
The Constitution, Camden Town

04/05/13: Fofoulah
The Ritzy, Brixton

Friday, 2 November 2012

Some Brand New footage has finally surfaced of Ma (playing as a trio). Recorded at House of Strange (by Ash Gardner) and Filmed by George Nindi. Featuring Tom Challenger (Saxophone); Matt Calvert (Electronics); Dave Smith (Drums):

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Ma UK tour 2012.

We’re pleased to announce that Ma will be undertaking a UK tour, to follow up the release last year of the critically acclaimed album ‘The Last’ (Loop Records).

Ma is:

Tom Challenger (Saxophone, Keyboards)

Matt Calvert (Electronics)

Dave Smith (Drums)

+ Ross Stanley (Organ (Nottingham only))

10th of April: Ma @ The Amersham Arms, New Cross, London (In collaboration with the SE collective)

10th of May: Ma @ The Vortex, London

11th of May: Ma @ The Fox and Newt, Leeds (Support from Collider and in collaboration with LIMA)

12th of May: Ma @ the Bongo Club, Edinburgh (In collaboration with Dialogues Festival)

17th of May: Ma @ The Space, Nottingham Contemporary*

19th of June: Ma @ Sandbar, Manchester (In collaboration with EFPI)

The tour is supported by many independent and volunteer run organizations. These include:

The Loop Collective (London)

LIMA (Leeds)

Dialogues Festival (Scotland/UK)

EFPI (Manchester)

The SE Collective (London)

The Vortex (London)

Jazz House (The Midlands)

The tour has also been generously supported by the Jazz Services.

Ma: The Last (Loop 1014):

Jazzwise: 4*

Guardian: 4*

BBC Music Mag: 5*