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*

Sunday, 8 January 2012


Happy new year all! After a rather turbulent 2011 (some reasons good, others bad), I have to say I'm really pleased to usher in 2012.

Been busy writing for a brand new project of mine: I was really into a lot of New Orleans music last year, and this project is the regurgitation of all of that listening. I've been really taken by the music and vibe of the Mardi Gras Indians, and rather than try and copy (I've arranged and used some traditional songs), I've just used the vibe as a starting point (I hope it's morphed into something else).

Although the music doesn't sound like the music It'll be featuring:

Me - Alto Clarinet; Tenor Saxophone
George Crowley: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
Shabaka Hutchings: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
Rory Simmons, Alex Bonney: Trumpets
Nat Cross: Trombone
Theon Cross: Tuba
John Blease: Percussion

We have two gigs:

31st Jan @ The Amersham Arms, London
5th Feb @ The North London Tavern, London

Come Down! It'll be great.

MA have just recorded a film at the House of Strange Studios - It'll be up online VERY soon, although is at the moment a big 30 gig lump on my HD. There are also UK and Euro dates - please watch this space. They'll be up SOON!

Dice Factory will have an Album for you Very Shortly. The guys at Babel are helping us and we're very excited. in the meantime, go here for our FREE E.P!