Blog, Projects & Gigs

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.

Autumn 2017

‘Skin and Bone’, the alternative percussion trio, has a gig at Dubrek Studios, Derby. This is on October 13th at 7-30pm. £5 on the door or £3 booking in advance.

The anti-choir Juxtavoices has a gig on 14th October at Sheffield General Cemetry, 7-30pm. In addition there will be a number of other sets with some big names, including Derby’s own Corey Mwamba!

On November 2nd at ‘Claptrap’ in Stourbridge, I will be performing with the amazing percussionist Mark Sanders, in a duo. 7pm. We will be performing a live soundtrack to the famous film of ‘Nosferatu’ by Murnau.

November 11th I will be doing a gig with ‘Murmurists’ at St Margaret’s Church, Rufford Rd, Whalley Range, Manchester. 7pm This will be a total spectacle with 100 musicians, projection, live performance and dance. Don’t miss out on this highly special occasion.

The next day, November 12 th I will be with ‘Murmurists’ again, this time in a smaller ensemble in Liverpool. It’s part of the famous artist John Hyatt’s Rock Art Exhibition at Club Big. 7pm.

December 7th I will be playing with South Leicester Improvisers Ensemble (SLIE). 8pm at Quad Studios, Friday Street, Leicester.

In November I start rehearsals with a new trio with myself, Mark Hanslip on saxes and Phil Morton on guitar and effects. We will be doing gigs in 2018.
Phil Morton on guitar from Liverpool, myself and saxophonist Mark Hanslip had a really constructive and exciting rehearsal at Yellowarch, Sheffield on Nov 15th.

We are looking to do gigs in 2018, after a further rehearsal on January 24th.

My gig producing a live soundtrack for Murnau’s film, ‘Nosferatu’, went really well at Claptrap in Stourbridge. It was in a trio ‘Alchemy / Schmalchemy’ with Geoff Bright on saxes and Gillian Whiteley on keyboards. A change of line-up there. Claptrap is a super venue and I hope to be doing a gig there next year.

Some very interesting gigs and projects are lined up for 2018, with more details to come in the new year.

July 2017

The band, ‘Deep Tide Quartet’ have their album out on Martin Archer’s Discus label towards the end of July. The album is called, ‘See One, Do One, Teach One’.
DTQ is Martin on saxes, Laura Cole on piano, Kim Macari Stone-Lonergan on trumpet and myself on percussion and electronics.
We have a tour organised with these following dates –
July 26th, Safe House, Verdict Cafe, Brighton.
September 28th, Blank Canvass, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool.
November 21st, Fizzle, Lamp Tavern, Digbeth, Birmingham.
November 22nd, Over The Top, Kingfield Road, Sheffield.

I’m very much looking forward to playing in this superb quartet.

I have joined a Leicester big band, Ka Safar, run by Lee Boyd Allatson. It concentrates mainly on music by Alice Coltrane and Sun Ra.

September 21st I have a gig at the Surface Gallery in Nottingham in the evening. This is with Pete Farmer, record deck, Lorin Halsall on bass, Jan Simson on kit, myself on percussion and electronics, Dan Horner on synth, Chris Warburton on guitar, and Lisolette, voice.

On September 23rd, I have a gig at The General Cemetry Chapel in Sheffield with both Juxtavoices and a quartet made up of Martin Archer on saxes, Geoff Bright on voice, Mick Beck on bassoon and myself on percussion.

May 2017

‘Fear of Crocodiles’.

What happens when free jazz, free improvisation and a big slice of Dada attitude collide for one evening?

This will happen at the Bless on May 2 nd, with ‘Fear of Crocodiles’, brought together in Derby for just this gig.

We are –
Martin Archer – saxophones
Lyn Hodnett – voice
Lorin Halsall – bass and electronics
Walt Shaw – percussion and electronics

I’m joined here by 3 exceptional musicians from out of town, who have amazing musical histories and creative skills.

It’s a 7-30 pm start and £5 or £10 entry, your choice!

I will be playing with South Leicestershire Improvisation Ensemble on July 1st at 8 pm. It’s at Quad studios in Leicester. 78, Friday Street, LE1 3BW.

The recording of the album ‘See One, Do One, Teach One’ on Discus went really well up at Chairworks studios,Yorkshire. It was an inspirational experience working with Martin Archer, Laura Cole and Kim Macari. The album will be out in Autumn. More details to follow then.

April – July 2017

Within the next few weeks ‘The Orchestra of The Upper Atmosphere’, Theta 3 album will be released. We are very close to completion now. It’s been two years in the making and will be something pretty special.

Our weekend at Real World studios near Bath went brilliantly, so the latest ‘Engine Room Favourites’ album on Discus will be out soon. More information to follow.

Wednesday the 5th April sees the next Juxtavoices gig, showcasing the latest work. This is in Manchester at 7pm, at an experimental poetry evening, ‘The Other Room’. The King’s Arms, 11, Bloom Street, Salford. M36AN. www.otherroom.org

On May 8 th and 9th I’ll be recording an album under the leadership of Martin Archer at Chairworks Studio, Castleford, Yorkshire. It’ll be a quartet with Laura Cole and Kim Macari on piano and trumpet respectively. The album will be released on Discus.

May 27th I’m doing another gig with ‘Skin & Bone’, this time at the Kunst Gallery, Belper. 7pm. The gallery is at The Old Nail Shed, Campbell Street, Belper DE561AP. Facebook

July 11th will see another new experimental performance of live art / improvisation / sound, with ‘Alchemy / Schmalchemy’. This will be the culmination of new work with musician/artists Gillian Whiteley and Geoff Bright. It’s at Manchester Metropolitan University at 3pm. M156BH.

I’m excited about doing a trio gig with Martin Archer on saxes and Corey Mwamba on vibes in Brighton on July 26th . 8pm. £6 / £5 for members and concessions. It’s at ‘Safehouse’ ( a format for improvisation ). The Verdicts, 159, Edward Street, Brighton, BN2OJB.