moogmemory plus is an EP of new tracks – a companion piece of sorts, to moogmemory, released earlier this year. It’s available to pre-order HERE. You can also read more about these tracks in the most recent BLOG POST.
The first track on the EP, Keighley, features in a film made by Michael England, whilst we were in preparation for our collaborative live show. It was an incredible experience working with Michael, and this is a really lovely piece of work.
Also, I’ll be taking part in Patch-work: Analogue Electronic Night at Belgrave Music Hall, on November 9, as part of the Leeds International Film Festival.
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‘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.
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.
The adventurous and creative spirit that fostered the SPATCHCOCK nights lives on in venues such as New River Studios, just across the way.
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…
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…
Anyway, here it is. Enjoy…x
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.