Blog, Projects & Gigs
Autumn – 2020
I have a collaboration with my good friend Laura Cole, pianist, composer and poet.
I have worked with Laura in the last few years in a small band, “Deep Tide Quartet”, along with Martin Archer and Kim Macari, and also in the larger groups Juxtavoices and “Engine Room Favourites”.
I am responding with paintings, drawings and constructions to poems and prose written by Laura. I use the word “response” deliberately, as my work will not be illustrations of the poems, but more internalised emotional dialogues with the texts. This is an inspirational source for me and it’s possible that another layer of the collaboration may be that Laura in turn produces some piano improvisations / compositions in response to my visual responses. This circularity of layering acts almost as a continuous, durational performance, almost a kind of synaesthesia.
In these difficult Covid times it’s more important than ever that artists continue to share, collaborate, and together innovate possibly new forms of digital creative process.
The collaboration will be documented as it unfolds.
We call the collaboration “Pursuance”, after one of the poems.
I am working on an extensive series in the lockdown period. It’s called, “To The Future“.
It’s my way of dealing with isolation and the challenges of this difficult period in all our lives.
I’m painting my way through the dark tunnel.
Each piece is mixed media, but largely acrylics.
They are on heavy duty cartridge paper and are around 60 cm x 42 cm.
On BBC Radio 3, this coming weekend, I will have a track played on the ‘Freeness’ programme.
It will be hosted by the amazing musician Kim Macari, who is standing in for Corey Mwamba for a couple of weeks.
The programme goes out at midnight, first thing on the Sunday morning, the 28th of June.
I will be in isolation for the next few months, so no outside gigs or activities. Meanwhile, I will be in the studio working on paintings and of course doing some solo percussion. Stay safe and well everyone.
First, a bit more about my upcoming exhibition at Deda in Derby.
It will run from January the 6th to March 7th.
The launch will be on Saturday the 11th of January from 6-30pm to 8pm.
I will be doing a short percussion solo as part of the launch.
The work will be all 2-D, mainly mixed media, but also some collographs, acrylics and pure collages. There will be more than 40 pieces of work on show.
Deda is on Chapel Street, the Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3GU
Please try get along. Everyone most welcome. It’s free of course and you get a glass of wine!
On Thursday January 23rd I will be playing at OTT in Sheffield in a trio with Mick Beck on saxophones and whistles and Alan Halsey, voice.
The gig is at OTT, 78, Kingfield Road, Sheffield, S11 9AU, and begins at 8pm.
The set will be based on found text that I bought from a car boot sale. It’s a book with details of railway systems in the old mines in Derbyshire.
Hope to see you there.
On Tuesday March 17th , I will be playing at Fizzle in Birmingham in a quartet, with Bruce Coates on saxes, Sarah Farmer on violin and Lee Boyd Allatson on percussion and electronics. I too will be playing on percussion and electronics.
Fizzle is at the Lamp Tavern, 157, Barford Street, Birmingham, B5 6AH, and begins at 7-30pm.
19th and 20th October, – Chairworks studio in Castleford, Yorkshire, recording as part of The Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere’s fifth album, Theta 5.
October 26th I’m playing with Murmurists and performing with Juxtavoices at the Greentop Community Circus Space, Sheffield. S4 8AS. It starts at 7pm.
Nov 9th Performing with Juxtavoices at The Capstone Theatre, Hope University, Liverpool, L6 1HP at 7-30pm.
November 16th – Playing in Deep Tide Quartet at the Discus / Confront Festival at The 100 Years Gallery in London. Pearson Street, E2 8JD. This is a collaboration between the Confront label run by Mark Wastell and the Discus label run by Martin Archer. 3pm
Nov 21st – Juxtavoices at The Nottingham Contemporary Gallery at 7pm.
Nov 30th – The Discus / Confront Festival part 2 at The Holt, Sheffield, Arundel Street, S1 4RE. I will be playing in The Deep Tide Quartet at 5pm and then in the Beck / Jasnoch / Shaw trio on at 7pm.
Dec 1st – Deep Tide Quartet playing at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle-on-Tyne. 7-30pm.
I have a significant exhibition at the start of the new year in January 2020. It’s at Deda in Derby. The opening will be on the Saturday of January 11th at 6pm through to 11pm. At the opening I will be doing a percussion solo. The exhibition runs for 3 months at Deda.