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ARCHIVE VIDEO: PIANO DEMOLITION PERFORMANCE, SPATCHCOCK, 2010

September 3rd, 2016

SPATCHCOCK‘ nights were legendary: hosted by a community of extraordinarily creative people living in amongst the warehouses in Overbuy Road, London. Raucous, intense, powerful, FUN. As the evenings progressed, one could be guaranteed of becoming quite mashed-up, and continuing well into the following morning…

SPATCHCOCK had asked if I would play an old upright piano – one they were looking to dispose of. Not wishing to pay for its removal, they asked that, as part of the performance, would I mind progressively destroying it… Armed with tools from Rupert Lees‘s nearby workshop, I set about the task of a ‘demolition performance’. The video ends with an ‘encore’ performed off-camera, on another upright, elsewhere in the warehouse.

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The debris from the demolition was recycled, and fashioned into functional or decorative items by Rupert Lees; and the strung, iron frame, is still in use today, at Ellis Gardiner‘s nearby studio.

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The adventurous and creative spirit that fostered the SPATCHCOCK nights lives on in venues such as New River Studios, just across the way.

 

NEW RIVER STUDIOS




COLLABORATIVE WORK WITH NIGHTPORTS

September 3rd, 2016

Back in 2015, NIGHTPORTS (AKA Adam Martin and Mark Slater), asked if I would be interested in working with them on a new recording project. So, I said YES – and we begun. The first recording session took place on a rainy day at home in Airedale, and the second, in my most favourite place in Leeds city centre: at BESBRODE PIANOS. I owe such a debt of gratitude to Melvin, Steve, Sophie, Trevor, and all the others who work there – they’ve been such good friends to me over the years I’ve lived in Leeds (TWENTY YEARS, this year!).

SO – I thought I’d share a few glimpses of the forthcoming project with you. And yes, you can expect an ALBUM RELEASE in 2017…

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Do have a look at the NIGHTPORTS WEBSITE, read their MANIFESTO, and keep an eye out for upcoming news.

 

WWW.NIGHTPORTS.COM




SOLO PIANO CONCERT FOOTAGE

September 2nd, 2016

Back in June, I played a selection of pieces from moogmemory for Daylight Music at Union Chapel, London. Later on, in the evening, I also played a solo piano concert as part of the Transmission Concert Series, at St. Catherine’s Church, Telegraph Hill. It’s about forty minutes in length, and is not a bad representation of where I’m up to at the moment…

I’d forgotten all about the filming – and many thanks to Ed Bennett and Xenia Pestova for inviting me to play in this amazing space.

Anyway, here it is. Enjoy…x

 

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BRIGHTON ALTERNATIVE JAZZ FESTIVAL: FUNDRAISDER #2

August 19th, 2016

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Bit of a last-minute plug for the second fundraising concert for the Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival, at The Verdict, Brighton, tomorrow (Saturday August 20), doors from 19:30. I’ll be playing a solo piano set, alongside saxophone & double bass duo, Knoel Scott & Jair-Rhom Parker Wells; and Brighton’s very own West Hill Blast Quartet. Festival director, Dan Spicer, has put together an incredible programme for next month’s festival SO, do come down tomorrow and hear a little hint of what’s to come – you will be made welcome, and your support will be very much appreciated…

 

brightonalternativejazzfestival.com

 

 




Fresh Yorkshire Aires – Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, June 30

June 27th, 2016

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Don’t forget, the second instalment of Fresh Yorkshire Aires exhibition and performances comes to Bank Street Arts, Sheffield this week, on Thursday June 30, 18:30. Pop in, browse the exhibition, and watch myself and Philip Thomas interpret the scores (which are also available for purchase).

Tickets and information are available HERE.




moogmemory w/HAUSHKA, Friday 24, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

June 21st, 2016

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I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll playing a selections from moogmemory at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, June 24. This will be the FIRST TIME I’ll have played any of this material in what has now been my home town for TWENTY YEARS this year…

After a chance meeting with the lovely Haushka at a show in Latvia in December 2015, I’m delighted to be sharing the stage with this respected piano master. Composer/electronic musician Tom Adams, will also be performing.

SO, if you’re local, and fancy a blast of moogmemory before Tom and Haushka, grab yourself a ticket whilst you can…




London Shows: moogmemory and Montauk Variations, Saturday June 18

June 16th, 2016

This Saturday JUNE 18th I’m playing a special lunchtime moogmemory concert as part of Daylight Music, at the wonderful Union Chapel, Islington. And in the evening, playing Montauk Variations as part of the Transmission concert series, at St. Catherine’s Church, Telegraph Hill (and will be my first solo piano concert in a while!).

SO, if you’re a fan of music and churches but aren’t religious, then these will be PERFECT for you.

See you at the altar…

 

MOOGMEMORY, DAYLIGHT MUSIC, 12:00

MONTAUK VARIATIONS, TRANSMISSION, 19:30




moogmemory, BBC3 Late Junction, The Great Escape Festival

June 14th, 2016

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There’s still time to catch an exclusive moogmemory set on the BBC iPlayer. Recorded for BBC3’s Late Junction, in front of a lovely, welcoming crowd at The Great Escape Festival just a few weeks ago. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear me struggling with a brand new new piece: Dave.




Fresh Yorkshire Aires

June 11th, 2016

The graphic scores inspired by the places and landscapes of Yorkshire created by local composers Katie English, Jez Riley-French and Nigel Morgan have been collated into one volume, ready for you the public to view via the exhibitions. Philip Thomas and I will perform the pieces on two pianos in Leeds and Sheffield, later this month. Fresh Yorkshire Aires is curated and produced by composer Jacob Thompson-Bell, whose own compositions and graphic scores are works that are as beautiful and engaging to look at as they are to hear.

Visit the FYA site for more information about the exhibitions.

PERFORMANCES:

JUNE 16 LEEDS: The Gallery at Munro House

JUNE 30 SHEFFIELD: Bank Street Arts




Recent Interviews

May 25th, 2016

This interview with The Quietus focuses on the process of making moogmemory, and also features a Synthesiser Mixtape, made especially for the article.

Jazz Dis-Junction features an interview with myself, and with fellow pianist Marc Schmolling.

Both Synthesiser Mixtape and Phil’s Jazz Dis-Junction can also be found on Soundcloud.