Blog, Projects & Gigs

Spring 2019

I will be playing with Mumurists with a large emsemble on Sat 16th March at The Golden Lion, Todmorden. Doors at 6pm, performance starts at 7pm.

My good friend Corey Mwamba is changing his musical career direction from 23rd March. He will no longer be doing live gigs but will still be very musically active with recordings and research. To celebrate this change he is having an evening which he describes as “Sequestration” at Baby People, starting at 6.30pm. Corey and I hopefully will be doing a duo set to celebrate this collaboration going back 20 years.

The Birmingham Improvisers Orchestra has had a number of years inactive, but is reforming in April. I will be playing with the Orchestra on 23rd April, doors at 7pm, music at 7.30pm at Fizzle in the Lamp Tavern, Birmingham. This will be part one, and part two will be in the same venue on 7th May.

I will be doing a gig with Martin Archer on saxaphones and Mick Beck on bassoon, whistles and saxaphones at OTT, Sheffield, 16th May at 8pm.

May 11th, I will be performing in 2 sets, one with Juxtavoices and one with Mersyside Improvisers Orchestra on percussion. This is at 8 pm to 10 pm at Dina, 32, Cambridge Street, Sheffield, S1 4HP.

May 18th, I will be performing with Nathan Bettany and Stephen Chase at The Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield at 2pm.

I’m pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting in the Melbourne Art Trail as part of the Arts Festival on September 14th and 15th. I will be in the Assembly Rooms.

Winter 2018 – 2019

The ‘Deep Tide’ gig at Sheffield Cathedral on Friday the 14th will be a trio of myself – percussion, Laura Cole – keyboards, and the Norwegian cellist Maja Bugge.

We may be joined by Martin Archer on saxes, depending on circumstances.

I am excited about playing with this these musicians. It will be a first to be playing with Maja.

‘DeepTide’ will be playing The Vortex in London on March 5th.

The Skin & Bone gig in Belper on Saturday the 24th November will be a departure, as we will be joined by the artist Andrew Martyn Sugars, who will be responding to our sounds in real time with projected, dynamic images.

On Friday January 18th I will be doing a solo percussion set at Deda, Derby. This will be at the opening of a 3 month residency at Deda by my friend, the artist Vitor Azevedo.

On the 17th October, I performed with ‘Alchemy / Schmalchemy’ at The Martin Hall Exhibition Space at Loughborough University, as part of the exhibition, Re-Imagining Citizenship. The piece we did was ‘Rhodiaceta (Re-)Response. ‘Alchemy / Schmalchemy’ are myself on electronics, voice and percussion, Gillian Whiteley on accordion, voice & other instruments, and Geoff Bright on bass saxophone and voice. We were working with graphic scores made in response to a film made in 1967 in Besancon in the Rhodiaceta textile factory there. So it was a response to a response. The film was made by workers in the factory, who were striking in opposition to the conditions they were having to endure. This was in the build-up to the student/worker uprising in France, May 1968, especially in Paris. I was there in Paris, staying with students just prior to the uprising, which gave an extra resonance for me in this piece. The piece was filmed and will be shown at another Re-Imagining Citizenship exhibition in Besancon at the Institute Superieur des Beaux-Arts de Besancon there in 2019.

‘Alchemy / Schmalchemy’ will be performing in Nottingham in January 2019. More details to follow.

September 2018

Skin and Bone will be playing at The Queen’s Head in Belper on Saturday the 24th November at 7-30 pm.

Deep Tide Quartet will be playing in The Cathedral in Sheffield at 1-15pm on Friday the 14th of December. This will be a candle-lit and rather special gig.

There have been 2 gigs in Derby as part of The Circuit, a rolling residency of musicians between the towns of Todmorden, Sheffield, Leeds and Derby. The next gig is at The Old Spa Inn in Derby at 7-30pm on the Tuesday the 2nd October. It will be the wonderful all saxophone ensemble ‘Hornweb’. I have been heavily involved in the organistaion of these gigs, which should roll through monthly into 2019.

Summer & Autumn 2018

The Deep Tide gig in Bristol will be at 7-30pm at Café Kino. 108, Stokes Croft, BS1 3RU.

April 22nd will be a big event at Claptrap in Stourbridge. A whole Sunday afternoon improvisation fest. Some great players, including Paul Dunmall, Jim Bashford, Bruce Coates and many more. I will be adding my modest contribution on percussion and electronics.

May 11th is going to be a bit special too at Dubrek in Derby. I have an exhibition of my recent work opening, plus a Skin & Bone gig. A heady brew, which I hope you can get along to. It all kicks off from around 7pm. May 26 th sees Skin & Bone play Sheffield at OTT, home to top quality improv from around the UK and overseas. We will be joined by the amazing musician Mick Beck, who runs OTT. He will be playing bassoon and saxes. From 7-30pm. 78, Kingfield Road, S11 9AU.

‘Skin and Bone’, the percussion trio, 24th August – Gig Todmorden
This will be at The Golden Lion in Todmorden. It will be part of ‘the cicuit’, a new arrangement whereby musicians share venues and gigs in four different towns. So it’s a kind of residency, involving Todmorden, Derby, Sheffield and Leeds. It’s hoped that later Manchester will be also included. Derby will be hosting some terrific bands as part of this circuit. So something to watch out for.

August 22nd – The Deep Tide Quartet at The Lescar in Sheffield. 7-30 pm.

Sunday, October 14th, at 3-30 pm Deep Tide plays at The No Bounds Festival in Sheffield.

Deep Tide plays The Red Lion in Todmorden at 7-30 pm on Friday the 26th of October.

Spring 2018

In mid January, The Orchestra of The Upper Atmosphere recorded their fourth album in Sheffield, Theta 4. This will be released later this year. I was playing percussion and electronics.

I continue rehearsals with Phil Morton, guitar, from Liverpool and Mark Hanslip, saxes, from Manchester. We hope to be doing gigs later this year.

I also continue rehearsals with Ka Safar, a Leicester big band, concentrating on pieces inspired by Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Sun Ra. We hope to be gigging by Spring.

Deep Tide Quartet has a gig in February. I will be playing Claptrap on Feb 22nd, 8pm. Claptrap, The High Street, Stourbridge. We are also playing Bristol on March 24th. Details shortly.

On March 21st I will be playing with the Centrifuge pool of musicians at Capstone Theatre in Hope University at Liverpool.

April 22nd I will be at Claptrap again at a festival of improvisation. Details to follow.

On June 9th I will be joining another large ‘Murmurists’ band for a 5pm gig at The University of Central Lancashire in Preston.