I’ve been working with Adam Martin and Mark Slater (AKA Nightports) in various educational settings over the years, but this is the first time that our collaborative endeavours as musicians / producers, has come to fruition.
The Nightports Manifesto is a simple one: only the sounds of the featured musician can be used – then, they can be manipulated… This restrictive practice is what gives their vision a singular focus. We will be releasing an album on The Leaf Label earlier next year but, before we do that, we’re going to have a go at performing it live, with the help of improvising virtuoso Johnny Richards, who will be joining myself and Mark at one of three pianos we’ll be using for this performance.
Come to Hull, and say you saw it there first…
Tomorrow is a rather special day: myself, along with violist Aby Vulliamy, and cellist Mick Bardon, will play live versions of material from Isotach, at Platform, Glasgow. It’s the first time I’ve tried to represent something captured on recording so closely in a concert setting. Before we launch into this music for the very first time since its recording, I’ll be playing a duo set with Glasgow-based saxophone colossus Tony Bevan. Big shout out to Alun Woodward for asking me along to this event, too. Come see the gig, if you can! x
Isotach is officially released tomorrow, and I understand there have been a few favourable reviews floating around. I shall do my best to repost these on the usual social media channels, but, if you want a little more insight into the lazy, hesitant, often-reluctant process that is responsible for bringing much of this music to life, you are welcome to read an interview I did with Mark Carry, for Fractured Air:
In addition, we have released another of Ray Kane’s videos, shot at home; this time, a more exploratory musing on Candela (for Sascha Heeney).
I am so grateful for your support – both in person, and through comments and shares online. none of this music really means anything without other people to listen to it. x
I’m delighted to announce my new album Isotach. Recorded at home in Airedale, this is a somewhat deliberate return to all things mechanical and physical (i.e. the piano and cello). Much of the music is quite still, and if you listen carefully you might just be able to make out the sound of various weather beating itself against the windows. Isotach is my third solo album for The Leaf Label, and marks yet another milestone in my musical partnership with producer Sam Hobbs.
Isotach will be released on August 18th, and you can pre-order the album on LP+CD/CD/download here.
Clash Magazine have decided to premiere the first of three videos featuring myself playing / talking about the forthcoming album for The Leaf Label: Isotach. Directed by Ray Kane, these videos were shot at my home in Airedale, where the music was recorded. Hopefully these will shed some light on the music from a different angle. Release dates to follow, soon.
My new album will be released on The Leaf Label this summer. Recorded at home in Airedale, it marks a return to my first musical love: the piano (and cello). It’s slow, intense, meditative. The ‘single’ from the album, ‘Candela (for Sascha Heeney)’, is indicative of the general mood of the album – and it’s FREE to download!
I’ll be back with more information, pre-orders and a release date in due course, so stay tuned… X
Today, I will be live, on air, on Worldwide FM for an hour, playing whatever I like – as a precursor to my Piano Day concert with Trim at Union Chapel, on March 29.
You can also contribute via their TWITTER feed @worldwidefm
See you over the ether…
This year, Leeds College of Music have asked if I would curate six evenings of music at The White Swan, in Leeds. The musical focus of these evenings emphasises original and exploratory music; showcasing student bands from LCoM alongside players from the UK scene (and beyond). The first of these concerts will take place on NOVEMBER 15, and will feature myself, Ed Jones (saxophone), and Joost Hendrickx (drums); and ‘John Frisco‘, led by LCoM student, LARA JONES.
The second concert on DECEMBER 6, will feature two duos: Dave Kane (bass) & Chris Sharkey (guitar/electronics), and Epic Toe Birth: Johnny Richards (keyboards/electronics/piano) & Michael Bardon (bass/electronics).
Do come along THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, have a few winter pints of local ale and craft beer at The White Swan, and support this new event. I couldn’t think of a better way to take enjoy the refuge from the cold weather on a Tuesday night…
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.