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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

something from the vaults

I always really enjoyed listening to this....at 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:
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/231975

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
Swansea

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