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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…

 

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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.




Emerson’s Lake and Sussudio

May 20th, 2016

Emerson’s Lake was an impulsive recording, made on hearing the sad news about Keith Emerson’s untimely death in March this year. As a fellow man of synthesis, he was arguably one of the great pioneers of live synthesiser performance; paving the way for others to follow…

Sussudio has always been one of my most favourite Phil Collins tracks, and thought I would try out the Lintronics Advanced Memorymoog’s MIDI capabilities, and put a slightly different spin on Collins’s pop masterpiece.

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Perrier Jazz Awards 2001 & The Electric Dr. M: Archival Footage

April 1st, 2016

I thought it was time to save some archive footage from VHS obscurity. Both of the following videos feature the same McDonalds / McSlavery / McProfits / McGarbage / McMurder large-size T-Shirt (which I still own).

This is footage of where it all started for me, really; and features my first EVER interview…

The following year I was asked to appear as part of Jazz on 3’s first ever ‘Adventures in Sound’, at London Jazz Festival. I asked if I could perform with a band I played in at the time; The Electric Dr. M, with drummers Dave Black & Sam Hobbs, bassist Riaan Vosloo and guitarist Chris Sharkey.

This entire concert, which begins with a solo piano introduction, is the ONLY FOOTAGE IN EXISTENCE of this band, so sit back and enjoy the improv…

I’ll be uploading more videos from the archive soon, so you might like to hit subscribe on my YouTube Channel to stay up to date.




SYNTHESISER playlist

March 7th, 2016

I have put together a synthesiser playlist for your delectation. I will be updating this as we go on.

Follow/listen here