Sunday, December 11, 2005

RICHARD PRYOR R.I.P.

Sad news about the passing of comedian Richard Pryor of a heart attack at age 65.He had lived with multiple sclerosis for quite a few years now.I will always remember getting cassettes of Richard Pryor that were passed around amongst friends.Listening at my parents home as a teenager hoping my parents couldn't hear anything as he was quite colourful and upfront with some of his use of the english language.He really could tell a story though, with his exceptional timing and with a real jazz musicians sense of the absurd, he became the benchmark for us to judge not just all black comedians but any standup comedian.His humourous observations of life's crazy moments were always spot on for me.Most young black kids growing up could recite heaps of his material and would do so frequently in the late 70s to the early 80s.The young Eddie murphy would build the earlier part of his career on copying Pryor. This summer I had bought his autobiography "Pryor convictions and other life sentences"plus the DVD of some of his early shows and will enjoy watching them over the coming years.Richard Pryor Rest in Peace.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Kinetika xmas party

I had a great time at theXmas Party of Kinetika yesterday.I met some great people and Hopefully will work with some in the future.Of course with about a 100 musicians all together with goof food, drink and instruments on hand there was a very loud and happy Jam session that raised the roof.I also might of found in the process a fantastic new venue for live music that I am sure will be used quite a bit next year.

Friday, December 02, 2005

XMAS CANCELLED THIS YEAR


I was very close to announcing a couple of dates for the Xmas files project but unfortunately I have not had enough time to chase up some things connected to it being a success.So it was better to put it off till next year.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Anthony Walker R.I.P

I have Just been reading this article about the sentencing of the killers of Anthony Walker the young Black student who was murdered in Liverpool in A racially motivated attack.It is always very sad when a family loses a next of kin violently.What has really struck me is her forgiveness towards the killers of her son.I am not sure how I would react in the same circumstances.This particular article is an interview with his mother and really hits home about her lost.What a great lady.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/race/story/0,11374,1654732,00.html

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Opera needs new Audiences FAST

Some of the most glaring points for me to come out of doing this opera was seeing the amount of young people and audience from the Black community who attended the shows. Opera Houses are fighting to keep themselves at the top of the Arts funding foodchain.So are having to attract new audiences. Most Programmes seem to be corporate led now so are also Fairly uninspiring and predictable.Doing the same operas over and over again.The resulting in a large percentage of the new composers who would normally lead a sheltered life away from contemporary music of any sort are actively seeking out and experimenting with musicians from a real mixture of music styles and backgrounds with the result that they quickly become bored with the regimented world of so called serious music.The opera then attracts smaller and smaller mostly so called elite middle class audiences,with their age groups getting older fast and entering their final coda..Therefore the Opera Houses have to open up to interesting composers from different backgrounds who will bring in new Audiences or face badly attended shows or worst possible closure..For financial reasons as well as Artistic ones they are going to have to wake up fast.It's not just restricted to these shores as the home of Opera Italy is also under going rough times check out this piece I read in the Independent that illustrates the point. http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/music/news/article322299.ece

BLACKING UP AT THE OPERA

One thing that seriously pissed me off recently,was hearing that the Royal Opera house were still blacking up performers for parts in Opera's.Along with this nuisance was the realisation all through my recent forays into the classical world that some things are still blatantly being upheld that should be shut down.So it was a pleasure to see these articles in the Guardian and Independent newspaper were someone had complained about the blacking up of a performer,resulting in the opera house quickly rethinking their practice and stopping this foolishness. OTHELLO "foresooth Protesting doth work" McBlair "lets tax it then"? check out the articles http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1646799,00.html and also here http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/music/news/article328292.ece

Finally the fat lady sings

So the Opera "Cry of innocence"Written by Tunde Jegede has finished.Some fantastic writting and the libretto was great.The music really hit a peak in the final couple of performances were the orchestra,Singers and band all gelled. At certain moments magically.It was fun hanging with the cast at times hilariously so.The general feedback is that it will return in the future.Lets hope next time the organisation is a bit more professional.NOW TO GET PAID!!! or my accountant Mr Baseball Bat could be Paying a surprise visit.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A night at the OPERA

So finally last night the Tunde Jegede Opera " Cry of innocence" opened at the Greenwich theatre.Hurrah no more rehearsals for us (the Soloist that is).The Orchestra well that's different,But they are getting there.The Gospel choir sound fantastic and the Trinity choir are not bad.The Jury is still out on some of the main vocalist and we are still waiting for the Fat Lady to swing? but you can't have everything.We have a whole week at the theatre so it should be interesting by the time we reach the end performance.My role is to play specific themes and improvise around the proceedings.For all those who Know how my mind works.The conductor is already looking worried when you start putting "little intricate polyrythmic figures within something called a groove" ( His words). So I believe saturday night (All hell might be let loose within the grooves). Lots of POLITICS.

The Kinetika gig

I did the Kinetika gig on sunday.It was High energy stuff as normal, like being run over by a truck.You would start a piece of music set the mood so as to speak then, WHAM the bloco Drummers come in usually at a different tempo.There are about 60 drummers in total so you can imagine the sound DEAFENING.but great fun.It's a lovely project and what a great way to end the LJF 2005 festival..they absolutely tore up the Audience in the Barbican centre.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

KINETIKA

Did a rehearsal for "Kinetika" yesterday and as always WOW ,glorious sounds coming from upto 150 young musicians.The repertoire this year covers Fela Kuti Abdullah Ibrahim and is titled "Roads to Freedom"John Edwards the double bassist was at the rehearsal yesterday and was clearly having a ball judging by the constant smiles on his face.As soon as the big drum ensemble section hit we get completely wiped out.They are appearing at the Barbican Centre Foyer this Sunday closing the London Jazz Festival with Giles Peterson so should be a real gas.

Dudley Phillips

Dudley Phillips the awesome bass player releases his debut album on monday 28th November.It sounds Fantastic having been lucky to get an advance copy,I have been playing the CD quite a bit.The launch is at the New Vortex club on saturday the 26th November.Should be a stonking gig.GO CHECK IT OUT. http://www.babellabel.co.uk/The%20Babel%20Label-2453.htm

Friday, November 18, 2005

The Opera Rehearsals continue

Still rehearsing the "Cry of innocence" Opera.Todays rehearsal was at the Theatre so it was good to see all the costumes that the cast are wearing.There is a lot of internal strife going on in within the company but I am managing to keep A low profile.Tomorrow I am ducking out after a couple of hours of the Technical rehearsal to do another rehearsal this time with KINETIKA the huge 200 strong student ensemble in south London as I am appearing with them at the Barbican on Sunday.There will be some moaning from the opera people but hey I've got to do it.

The gig with Corey Mwamba at LJF 2005

Had a very enjoyable couple of days hanging out and creating music with Corey Mwamba.Last nights gig at the Purcell rooms was a London Jazz Festival gig and we were on a double bill with Big Air the project that features Chris Batchelor,Steve Buckley,Oren Marshall,Jim Black and Myra Melford it was a good audience very attentive and Big Air were superb and Full on from the word go.Some friends actually flew over from Italy to see the gig while someone else flew in from Holland so I was real glad that they enjoyed our playing.Corey played some lovely Dulcimer plus the Vibes and I managed to get some loops running on computer using the Acid 5 software that was very easy to use and program.There was one strange scary moment when up popped a window on the Laptop screen with a notice that said my wifi had picked up the south bank centres signal and was now going on line.I panicked thinking it was now going to mess up the loops,but manged to stop it just in time.My only regret was not being able to go to Steve Lawson's opening gig at the Darbouka as we couldn't get there in time.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The opera "A Cry of innocence"

I have been rehearsing since sunday at the Premises Rehearsal studios in hackney for the Opera "Cry of Innocence"written by Tunde Jegede.Its been hard but fun as the Rythmn Section rehearse away from the main orchestra.Tunde has written some great music and the band kick unfortunately there is Loads of internal politics involved,class strugles,race its all happening in the background? tomorrow we will get together with the main orchestra plus two choirs,Actors,Dancers and soloist I understand there will be about 80 people involved.so it should be interesting.there should of been some rappers plus Cleveland Watkiss as well but the Opera people have for their own reasons replaced them with opera singers?but believe, If their shit I will have something to say for sure.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

RETURN OF THE XMAS FILES

Looks like the infamous Xmas Files project will be back this Xmas 16/17 th december are now near to being finalised as the dates with the line up and venue to be announced very soon.

Show was cool

The extra show at the empire went well on Sunday,as normal the young musicians and singers excelled.This time the bar was raised by choosing Shakespeare plays as the catalyst for some good upto date re-interpretations.They were able to use lots of interesting influences rather than the regular street dance, hip hop style musings.Some moaned at first when we were writing and putting the show together but they all came back and said how much they appreciated that they had been stretched creatively.Now there is a chance to perform a segment of the show in the Main house of the empire in November on the Sir Alan Sugar Challenge night when he has nominate the empire's education to be the recipient of charity funding as it was so well received.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

A Mad Busy week in Hackney

I have been really busy this last week working for the Hackney Empire's Education dept.This is my 4th year as MD of their October Artist Developement Programme and as always its been brilliant meeting and working with really talented youngsters from all over London to create an original show.This year the show has been based on their own take on Shakespeare theme's. to see how far some have traveled in one week creatively and have blossomed, has been sheer joy. The first 2 shows sold out so an extra one has been announced for today should be a cracker.

STEVE LAWSON'S GREAT NEW GIG

A new innovative night will be opening on the 16th November At the Darbouka Club on St Johns street,Islington.Called the recycle colective,Steve Lawson the Premier Solo bass player has put together this monthly night exculsively for Loopers from all backgrounds.
The first three gigs in the Recycle Collective series have gone live -
the dates are -
Nov 16th 2005, steve lawson/ theo travis duo and
trip wamsley - acclaimed bass/flute duo and american solo bassist.
Jan 12th 2006, bj cole/cleveland watkiss/steve lawson
-solos, duos, trios from pedal steel/voice/bass triumvirate.
Feb 22nd 2006, orphy robinson/roger goula duo + steve lawson/patrick wood duo
- duets night - tuned percussion/acoustic guitar and keys/bass.
A big part of the idea here is to create some space to try out some new ideas and combinations.
the website address is www.recyclecollective.com - please point people to it. - all the info is there.
A press release for the collective is here.
http://www.recyclecollective.com/RCPressRelease1.pdf

Sunday, October 16, 2005

A hectic week

This week has been an incredible rolercoaster ride for me, rushing around to various rehearsals, teaching, gigs etc was out on my feet the other night after the Rise Kagona gig and The Imperial Wharf Jazz festival gig earlier that evening's lovely music at both gigs. Davide and Rowland played their arse's off at the Jazz festival recorded the gig so I hope to hear it back soon uses an echoplex looping module very effectively plus plays a lot of interesting instruments creating fantastic colours and soundscapes.
Steve Lawson also put together a great night of music at the Darbouka a nice intimate venue in Clerkenwell for the John Peel Day celebrations was sheer pleasure to play drums with Rise Kagona and Dougie Veitch.They have obviously put a lot of work into making the songs sound so effortless on bass and Jez Carr on keyboards completed the line up.For a full review of the R
ise gig check out the Steve lawson blog.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Not in my Name Camden Theatre

Please go along to the Camden theatre to see a great piece of theatre directed by Sardinian Filomena Campus.Some of you might know her work as a vocalist on the Jazz /Improv scene.Not in my Name is piece of Political and Physical theatre about the Death Penalty in the U.S.A.This is a Hard hitting and Thought provoking piece of theatre.Filomena is a Director who Always delivers great stuff.Roger Goula the Flamenco guitarist has provided a cracking and sensitive soundtrack plus there is also the work of inventive Choreographer Lia Prentakis.
It runs from 13th October to the 30th October.Check out The Stage Review on her first night at- http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/10037/not-in-my-name

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Thursday, October 06, 2005

George Bush doesn't care about black people

Found the following blog with some interesting facts on the ongoing fall out from Hurricane katrina.It speaks about the rebuilding of New Orleans and the way building contracts etc have been handed out.
http://coloradoluis.typepad.com/blog/2005/10/george_bush_doe.html

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Just received this email,not sure if its total fact but there is an awful lot of emails and info flying around the internet today about Kanye west.I am sure you can remember during the hurricane Katrina nightmare in August.Kanye West spoke out on a live Telethon fundraiser for Katrina victims.When he stated clearly what most people were thinking about the Presidents lame response to the disaster.I am sure most people thought there would be some kind of right wing /republican backlash from their supporters etc.

Could this be were it starts. this is an email I received in its full glory.

KANYE WEST DROPPED BY PEPSI

By Shodel Torrwins

If West was dropped because he was telling the truth.... Time to drop Pepsi, whether it's dropping them a line voicingrina our discontent or time to drop Pepsi and not drink it...... Pepsi, incidentally, used to be very racist in their hiring practices regarding African Americans..... So I've read! Pepsi/Frito Lay/Gatorade/Tropicana/Quaker
This may sound a little crass, but as a generation X'er I feel like I'm well positioned to voice my opinion regarding my own generation.
Unlike our parents and their parents, we tend NOT to stand for anything which results in us falling for everything. Its time we take a stand. Kanye West, former spokesperson for Pepsi, has since lost his endorsement deal with the soft drink giant due to his publicized remarks regarding the mishandling of the Katrina evacuees/victims. I mean if you're like me...just SICK and TIRED of being black in America and being mishandled, then do something. Our parents and their parent's SHUT DOWN an entire bus system during the Civil Rights era by CHOOSING to do something. Here is your opportunity.
I'm calling a boycott on ALL Pepsi products. If they want to drop Kanye, how about we DROP them! And as much as I love a good Pepsi and bag of Fritos, I'm not buying another Pepsi including any of their family products (see link below) until a formal apology is given and a donation is rendered to the Red Cross (or a similar organization) in the sum of the amount of Kanye's contract with Pepsi. If you're committed to doing something to tell not just Pepsi but the world (including the Associated Press for that racist caption) that there is power in the Black community, then pass this along. Because there's POWER in numbers.

Sincerely, Shodel Torrwins- Boycott Organizer

Pepsi Products: Pepsi/Frito Lay/Gatorade/Tropicana/Quaker/Walker Crisps See a list of products by clicking here: http://www.pepsico.com/PEP_Company/BrandsCompanies/index.cfm

footnote:I have now heard that Pepsi have reconsidered their position and reinstated Kanye west.
Is this after realising all the fuss that was coming their way with boycotts etc or just a general rethink?

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Update on the 16th November london Jazz Festival

Update on the London Jazz Festival Duo date in the Purcell Rooms on the south bank, I will be Dueting with the ace Vibes / Dulcimer player Corey Mwamba. Also Appearing on the bill is the Project Big Air Featuring Steve Buckley,Chris Batchelor,Myra Melford, Jim Black and Tuba Virtuoso Oren Marshall.Should be an interesting night.

John Peel Day gig in Darbuka World Music Bar 13th October

News of a gig with Steve Lawson as part of the John Peel Day celebrations on the 13th October. I will be playing Drums / Percussion with Rise Kagona the legendary Zimbabwean guitarist from the Bhundu Boys, one of John Peel and Andy Kershaw's favourite Artist.I will be Appearing alongside Steve who will be of course playing Bass in the Band.Its a gig organised by Steve in one of his favourite venues in london.I have heard good things about The Darbuka so it should be a good night.Come down as there is also a solo set from Steve and from Scotland doing his first london date is Andrew Howie of Calamateur fame so should be a cracker.Darbuaka is at 182 BASEMENT St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1 4JZ,Tel: +44 (0) 7490 8772.

Friday, September 23, 2005

The Bruise band Tony Bevan

Next week 28th Sept 2005 Appearing at the 291 gallery Hackney Road 8.00 start.Ashley Wales /SoundScapes.John Edwards / Bass,Mark Saunders / Drums,Orphy Robinson / Stuff. Led by Bass Saxophonist Tony Bevan.

The Return of the XMAS FILES Band news very soon

Imperial wharf festival

Monday, September 05, 2005

Imperial Wharf Festival gig moved to 13th October

There as been a change to the previous festival date which was 28th September. The festival has been moved to the 13th October .This has unfortunately meant a change of musicians.So Steve Lawson will instead be at the John Peel celebration day,Darbuka gig.I will be shooting off to play there also after this gig.All Info will be on another posting here that you will see.Roger Goula will be performing with Filomena Campus at the Camden Theatre in the opening night of "Not in my Name"
So now the trio gig on my Birthday will be with Davide Mantovani Elec bass/Ewi/loops
Rowland Sutherland Flutes.Should be a lot of fun.I have included a flyer of the festival.So you can see the other bands on the bill at the festival.
It all kicks off at 6.00 pm on the Wednesday 13th October.
Address is The Boulevard,Imperial wharf,Townmead Road,london sw6 2qd.for info tel-0207 610 9693 or visit : www.imperialwharf.com

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Tony Bevan gig at The New Vortex club

The bruise quintet Tony bevan,Ashley Wales,Mark Saunders,John Edwards and myself are playing at the New Vortex club in Dalston this coming thursday 8th september.Should be another good gig.

Katrina

Sorry to hear about the terrible situation.Estimates of 10,000 lives lost. Soldiers on the streets. Armed gangs roaming,Sanitation,Disease.The president unable to land his helicopter near a city he couldn't enter.It really sounded like a third world country during a civil war according to the European coverage I had seen.I didn't fully understand the disaster in New Orleans until I got back to the UK. Silly me! I understood that EVERYONE was searching, foraging for food,Water etc. Now I understand its more complex than that, with typical 405, 625 TV frequencies its a black, white thing? tut, tut, tut Media?Apparently the black people were stealing,looting etc but the white people were finding, acquiring food from the exact same sources. mmm? WAKE UP! GROW UP ? Of course there will always be opportunist/nutters etc out there taking advantage of situations like this,it obviously includes those who deal in Politics ( Poli meaning many.tics meaning blood sucking insects)The bigger picture is the slow response of getting aid to the people who need it.Question is why a disaster like this happens? Could it be a disaster of human making?Global warming,lack of funding,forward planning,Kyoto, they can all be thrown into the mix. As always there seems to be other agendas going on at the same time.

The website update

I have been busy adding content to the history section of my website www.orphyrobinson.com
Following on from the Jazz Warriors section.There is now a section on musicians from the caribbean and the African Diaspora and their impact on jazz in the uk from the 1930s upto present day.There is also a section on well known musicians in America
with caribbean heritage.This has thrown up some interesting names Eric Dolphy,Oscar Peterson,Wynton Kelly,Taj Mahal,Gil Scott Heron,Lenny Kravitz etc.

Corey Mwamba duet LJF 2005

News of a gig in this years London Jazz Festival.We will be performing a duet at the Purcell rooms on the south bank.Corey a fantastic all rounder (music and character) performed with me at the Jazz Britannia festival at the Barbican earlier this year.Recently performed with Award winning band the Tony Kofi Quartet at the Premises.There will be more info posted as it comes in.

London Improvisors Orchestra

This sunday the 4th September LIO meet at the Red rose club for the monthly revelry.come check it out its always good after the holidays.

Annual Holiday

Had a good 2 week break from it all with the family in sunny tuscany in the Italian countryside.Met up with Dudley phillips (double bass) on holiday there also with his family, unfortunately Dudley was strapped up in an arm sling as he'd broken an arm on the 1st day of his holiday, playing with his sons.This was proving to be a bit of a nightmare, as it was a driving and part camping holiday through france and Italy.Then driving back to England.So the wife had her work cut out.Hopefully he should be out of the plaster by mid september,lets hope so as he had work and tours lined up.

Red Rose Gig back in your town

A great night was had by all.It was really good to hear Jeff Kaiser and Andrew Pask aka The Choirboys.There was a wonderful audience in so the atmosphere was just superb.It also capped off nicely a few days of hanging out with Jeff really well.I really can't add anything else.So please go to the steve lawson blog for a good review of this fantastic night.
http://steve.anthropiccollective.org/

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Brecon Jazz Festival

So Brecon festival last sunday with Clearframemy first time back since the late 80s. The band was seriously cooking at times.We played in an outdoor setting that was really idylic next to the cathedral walls.Hugh hopper,Lol coxhill and Charles are a great combination for any occasion.
My only quibbles about the day was that it takes so long to get there 4 hours from london and 4 hours back it took a day to get over it.I think it would of been better being put up overnight by the festival on Saturday in a hotel.
My other Quibble, sign posting for the festival was hopeless I met lots of lost people walking around the village looking for gigs and musicians moaning about a lack of audience.
I arrived 3 hours before the gig with Lol, who I'd picked up at Paddington station.(while waiting for me he had actually managed to chat up 2 Attractive Policewomen(not an oxymoron).We walked around trying to get a handle on what was going on, who was on, where was it on.All those really obvious questions that no one seemed to have an answer for.
Musicians also had to park their cars seriously far away from the stage at a specific Artist car park,This proved a nightmare to find and to walk to after playing.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Musicians just hanging out

This week I have been hanging out with Jeff Kaiser of pfMentum records from LA he's here with Andrew Pask the Kiwi saxophonist who lives in LA.Tonight we went to to the Sussex.Its the venue for Hugh Metcalfe's Klinker club.The improv enclave in Islington.According to the info on the internet Tonight should of belonged to a group called The Gathering which is an improv ensemble organised by the vocalist Maggie Nichols.We arrived thinking they would be in full flow instead we were greeted by the upstairs bar being packed with people watching a large screen Tv,The fooball was on.England were playing Denmark in a friendly match.As this was the first time I was going to the Klinker I didn't Know what to expect.Especially as when we stepped in it resembled a wild west cowboy type bar.Everyone gave us strange looks as we arrived with cases etd,so we backed out of there fast.It really looked like the session was cancelled or happening some place else .So we then called various musicians to check if this was really the place,
Everyone said the same thing "I have been once it was really hard to find,its a strange vibe."but were all very helpful. I then followed some instructions to another place were there were 4 different pubs just in case this was the wrong pub.As one person had said there were 3 Sussex pubs.unfortunately none of them was called the Sussex.The mobile was ringing with lots of vague hints and tips from people,but no one had a definite location,until Stefano Tedesco the vibes player called with definite directions.this led us in a circle back to were we first started.By this time the football was finished and a new clientele was seated drinking.
This time we could approach the bar and found a friendly face.She told us that last week only 1 musician had turned up, so there was a chance that thought nobody would turn up this week, especially as its in the middle of August, which is normally their quite period.we waited around the bar for 45 minutes to see if anyone would come in.Nobody did,So we Then decided to go down to the performance space ourselves and play anyway.
We ended up playing a duet for about 45 mins,Pans and Trumpet. In the Klinkers stark space There were definitely Some interesting moments and some real good stuff came out of it. Jeff plays well and really knows his instrument, so it was a real pleasure.We then left to get back to home, hotels etc. Its definitey lthe first time I've played in a venue with no audience.Maybe thats another new scene.The No Audience,empty room movement.Who knows it could catch on.It should be a good gig tomorrow at the Red Rose.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Red Rose Gig ( Back in your Town) next week.

Next week thursday on the 18th,I am performing with Tony Bevan,Ashley Wales,Mark Saunders,John Edwards at the Red Rose club.It will be an interesting night as Evan Parker and John Caton will be performing also as well as visiting musicians Jeff Kaiser and Chris pask from the Choirboys all the way from LA.I think Steve lawson will be back from Edinburgh so will probably sit in as well.should be a lot of fun.Here's a map direction for the Gig.
http://mqdirect.mapquest.co.uk/map.adp?venue=t2lw8%269

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JAZZ WARRIORS

I have just spent all morning putting together a page on my website about the Jazz warriors.In response to some students complaining about the lack of info on the band etc.Hopefully it can be built up with facts,figures and other contributions, from ex band members or anybody else that has any titbits of info,Trivia etc.So please visit the page on my site. www.orphyrobinson.com. Spread the word.

Monday, August 08, 2005

mobile blogging

yep i'm getting the hang of this mobile phone blogging now.i'm doing this from the car at the moment.'hopefully when i'm in europe in 2 weeks Time I will be able to pick up wireless access points to surf etc.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Home Recording

This week I am going to make a big effort to start recording some ideas that I've been carrying around for a while the opportunity to record Rowland has definitely made me think about putting some stuff down.I have now set up a few things in the front room mics,instruments etc then I will try to hook up my Laptop etc. I will probably try to stay low not answer the door,telephone etc.Just to have some Headspace.I have been very busy this year doing lots of everybody else's things.Since there's a chance to do something for myself I might as well take advantage of it.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Rowland sutherland

Met up with the fantastic Flautist Rowland Sutherland yesterday.He's just back from performing at the Lincoln centre, New York. He popped around for a chat.we hadn't played music together for ages so we decided to have a jam in my front room.since he had his Flute with him.What a pity we didn't record it because some of the stuff he has doing was great.I think its taught me a good lesson that I should always have my recording gear ready for such occasions.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Wifi fun from the mobile

Today's blog is being written from my new nokia 9500 mobile phone with onboard Wifi.Its amazing what you can do with technology these days.It takes a bit of getting use to as its a lot slower than inputing things into a computer, but its probably worth pursuing.

Friday, July 29, 2005

UPCOMING GIGS IN AUGUST

The month of August I will be at the London improvisors Orchestra session at The Red Rose club in Finsbury Park on Sunday 7th August. I also have a couple of interesting gigs coming up. the 1st is on Sunday 14TH August at the Brecon Jazz Festival with the CLEARFRAME band.This band has a great line up of musicians Lol coxhill,Hugh Hopper,Charles Haywood.Recorded one of the most talked about Radio 3 live sessions.
The secong gig is on the 18th August with BRUISE Tony Bevan,John Edwardes,Mark Saunders,Ashley Wales.There will also be a Duet from Evan Parker with John Coxon. I will also guest with Bass/Looper supreme Steve Lawson and a special set from guests Jeff Kaiser and Andrew Pask from L.A collectively Known as the Choirboys from Pfmentum Records.well worth checking out.

LSO UPDATE

The project with Lso/shoreditch ymca is going well.One more day mixing next week and its all finished.In the studio we were fortunate to have A good team, Ajax and Gareth have looked after the Engineering/ recording side of things.The students Musicians,singers have all given a good account of themselves.The rappers Jamie and grady have delivered a stonking good song.
thanks to all involved.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

SONY/BMG caught with pants down

So the payola scandals continue this time its SONY/BMG.To think we thought the radio airplay charts were honest! Makes you think about the control held over the airwaves by various organisations.I am thinking in the so called Jazz area in particular.No jazz being played but they claim to have our best interest at heart.So they use the name to play music by artist who have nothing to do with Jazz.In order to please advertisers and give them a false sense of respect and class, i.e Dinner Jazz etc.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/4715745.stm

Sunday, July 24, 2005

last weeks events 18th -22nd july

What a crazy week.fortunately no one was hurt in the attempted bombing in london.correction someone died shot in the head 5 times by the police using once again their shoot to kill policy! An innocent young brazilian man running to get a train to go to work.Apparently he was dressed and acting in a manner that required them to use maximum force? my 6th july blog on the 2012 olympics seems more poignant now.

LSO at St luke's

This week I'm involved in another Education Project this time with students in Hoxton,East London creating a song for the Shoreditch festival.The song will be recorded at the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra) studios in St luke's church in Holborn ( funnily enough I had been there 2 weekends ago to see another Education project that involved a live link up with The Sage venue in Gateshead)then put on to CD for distribution at the festival.The musicians and vocalist involved I have worked with quite a bit on other projects and they are very good.This project will put them with some new people, so it's a great opportunity for them to collaborate together.
I will let you know how its going later in the week.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

TONY BEVAN Reviews & gigs announced

The album "Bruise" By Tony Bevan has been receiving rave reviews.
The "wire Magazine", Jazzwise,The Guardian have all given the album favourable mentions.
check out the album on Foghorn records.There are 2 gigs announced for september the first on 8th September at The new Vortex jazz club.The second at the 291 Gallery on Hackney Road.come and check out the band.Ashley wales ( Springheel Jack)John Edwardes-bass/Mark Saunders-Druns/me on assorted niknaks.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Ramsgate Education project

This week 18th-22nd July I'm in Ramsgate on an Education project for Pie factory music/Chalkfoot Theatre.Nice people plus a great singer/Teacher Kelle Bryan originally in the Band Eternal. The project involves 150 pupils in Ramsgate school. a supposedly failing school.My role is to write a piece of original music to celebrate the school moving into a new brand new Building.It was a bit daunting at first as when I arrived on Monday I was faced with all the students in A mass workshop situation,added to the mix was an irate Headmaster ( Sg Major Type) who wanted to dictate how the process should go and was horrified that I was going to ask the students for opinions and ideas to help create the piece"They couldn't possibly do that,you will have to do that for them" fortunately I ignored his advice and we now have a piece to which all students have contributed.lots of fun so far.We perform this friday.
Performance day:
friday was ok.the students did themselves proud.the team of facilitators assembled was quite impressive.Coming form all strands of the arts and there was a really nice vibe all round.the show worked and hopefully the students and school will use this as a stepping stone to better things.

TOMORROW'S WARRIORS BIG BAND

Gary crosby has put together a great project with the youth big band.I went down last saturday to take my son.he absolutely loved it.Guess what?they actually play good music.It makes a change as some of these so called youth education projects actually turn the kids off, as the music is so bad,boring and uninspiring.oh yeah and the instructors are more destructors than anything else.At tomorrow's warriors there are 1st class teachers in Abram wilson and Sean corby and Gary. There is also the chance to play with fantastic musicians like Soweto kinch,Jay Phelps plus many others dropping in occasionally.So if you have any students send them down to the Premises rehearsal studios on saturdays 10 till 2 thats 4 hours of music .The other thing is its absolutely free.As a parent you are continually being fleeced for funds to cover activities that keep the young ones off the street.here at last is something good and its also free.http://www.tomorrowswarriors.org/contentPage.asp?fldPageId=5

Friday, July 15, 2005

www.orphyrobinson.com the site is up finally.

Finally the website is up.Steve Lawson gave us a few pointers to help setup.Corey Mwamba also helped So big thanks to both.It still needs a lot of tweaking but at least there's something there now.Please give it a visit http://www.orphyrobinson.com/

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Solo summit musician response

This came through from Tony Bevan the Fantastic Bass saxophonist in response to my Question of would he do it again.

Orphy,
I was telling somebody about it, and said "first I played with a Welsh Classical Harpist, then a South-African Jazz Trumpeter, then a pedal-steel guitarist and a bloke that plays amplified toys, then later on with a couple of poets/rappers, a Prog-rock/jazz-fusion Bass Guitarist, a Jazz piano player and a MC...." and I suddenly, bloody hell, thats brilliant! Of course,thank you....

Cheers,

Tony.

"SOLO SUMMIT" REVIEW

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED OR PERFORMED AT THE SOLO SUMMIT.FOR A REVIEW OF THE DAY PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GO TO http://steve.anthropiccollective.org/ where steve lawson has put up a fantastic account of the proceedings.Also thanks to those performers who were unable to make it there for various reasons,i.e Celloman was unfortunately held up by a bomb scare at his earlier gig that day in sheffield,with all his equipment left on stage in the evacuation of the festival site for 3 hours,followed by being stuck on the M1 on the way back down.Filomena and Keith waite were also unable to make it due to illness,but were there in spirit. MANY THANKS once again to all the performers.There will be a couple of press reviews of the "Solo Summit" written by Kevin Legendre.so I will post up on the site once they are through.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

London Bombings

It's a sad day.I travel quite a lot on the piccadilly line through Russell square,Finsbury park etc.so it really brings it home to me when something like this happens.having had a terrible time at christmas worrying about some friends who were in Sri lanka and South India when the tsunami struck.Fortunately they made decisions like turning left on the road instead of turning right or lets go for a trip up the mountains instead of go to the beach.Decisions that saved their lives,it makes you realise how lucky you are sometimes.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Vortex date Travis,Lawson,Robinson

last night I played a very enjoyable gig with Theo Travis and Steve Lawson at the new Vortex jazz club in the all new Dalston Cultural centre.More of the same please.

SOLO SUMMIT UPDATE

Great news BJ COLE the pedal steel guitarist has just been added to the bill.so make sure you come down on sunday for an incredible day of music.

ORPHYROBINSON.COM the website will be up very soon

2012 OLYMPICS

London is hosting the olympics,could this be the first time black men will be running in east london without the police chasing them!
Thats all i'm going to say on the matter for now.

Theo Travis,Orphy Robinson,Steve Lawson

The New Vortex
Theo Travis with Orphy Robinson,Steve Lawson,
Composer, saxophonist and flautist Theo Travis joins forces with the UK’s top solo bassist and ‘looper’ Steve Lawson, in a project both of composed and improvised music using looping technology to create a huge sound canvas and layers of melodies. Check out their debut album, ‘For the Love of Open Spaces’ (Pillow Mountain Records). For this concert they are joined by ace vibes man Orphy Robinson, known for his Blue Note CDs and work with Courtney Pine,Cleveland Watkiss,London Improvisors Orchestra.
The Vortex Jazz Club,Dalston Culture House,Gillett StreetLondon N16 8JN.

Monday, July 04, 2005

The London Improvisors Orchestra

I popped in to see the london improvisors on sunday 3rd July and ended up having a cracking gig with some fine conduction from Bassist Simon Fell,Violinist Sylia Hallet plus Bassist David leehy other musicians present were Drummer Tony Marsh,Pianist- Veryan Weston,Adam Bowman-Objects,Saxophonist- John Butcher,amonst many other great players.Thanks to Dave Leehy for kindly letting me use his fantasic box of mystery percussion for the night as I had no instruments on me,Its been over a year since I last played with the orchestra and that was at the May 2004 Freedom of the city festival at The Conway Hall.I found out that half of the orchestra regulars were in Vancouver with the Dedication orchestra so they called in some wonderful musicians to more than fill in.If you can get along to see them check The LIO on 1st Sunday of every month at the Red Rose pub in Seven sisters Road between Finsbury Park Station and Hornsey Road.Its well worth seeing some top notch music being created.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Resonance Fm 104.4

Londons only Art Radio Station.IS BLACK MUSIC? The popular Resonance Fm Radio Show Hosted by Art Terry & Amber Dawn.Interviews with Celebrated Avante Garde musician Orphy Robinson and SlamPoet Saul Williams.Thought provoking music and views from Artist performing outside the mainstream.5.00-6.30pm.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

welcome

Ciao finally on the net.news coming soon