Saturday, October 28, 2006

L.S.O Fusion Orchestra workshop

I had a great but busy day in the middle of this week.I was invited to conduct a workshop and mini concert with the L.S.O fusion orchestra at their fantastic facility the LSO Discovery centre at the Converted Church of St lukes in Old Street.Each invited Artist that works with the Orchestra Brings in ideas and music that require the students to think outside there normal sphere of expertise. A couple of months Ago I dropped in to see Julian Joseph take the Fusion orchestra through a lovely Jazz inspired workshop.I decided to use "Conduction techniques" as the basis for my workshop day.It turned out to be a lot of fun with students also conducting and inspiring their own pieces,in small ensembles.They gave a terrific performance at the end of the day to a small audience.
I then had to rush off to the Barbican centre as some of my regular students from the Hackney Empire had been invited to perform as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award night.This was a showcase of excellent work from students all over the U.K.
The organisers had requested particular sections from the Empire's successful ADP 6 show given in August.Although This was really showcasing the work of the Drama department at the Empire as opposed to the work done in the Music Department.The musicians were required to do some underscoring and live soundtracking for 4 drama pieces.The students from the Empire gave enthusiastic and good quality perfomances throughout the show,considering the pieces chosen by the Award organisers were in no way near to the students best work they still came up trumps and delivered a slick and professional performances to be proud of.
Backstage I bumped into one of my ex school students who is now in the 2006 Streetdance champions NASSASSIA and was finally able to see them perform."Man they are a bit good"!!It was good to see lots of students from many different groups swapping ideas and contacts and admiring each others work
All in all a very long day but ultimately spiritually uplifting and rewarding.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Brit Funk reunion

The Brit funk reunion gig at the Jazz Cafe on the 7th October and its forerunner on the 3rd at the Battersea Barge,Went really well the audiences loved it and responded really well.My only downer was a lack of mics for hand percussion resulted in doing the Cafe gig with a fairly loud band and having to literally compete acoustically.A no contest if ever there was one.However I did enjoy all the music and the guys were real funky.Looks like there will be more gigs with the band next year.The Jazz Cafe gig was recorded live so there now is a possible live Album in the cans to go with the studio stuff being done.I have gone back to using the MalletKat during this period for the louder gigs and it seems to work well enough to make me want to explore some of my sampling ideas in the near future.

BRUISE at the Red Rose club

This Thursday I play with the Tony Bevan Bruise Band at the Red Rose Club in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park.Should be fun as we haven't played much this year.The band has John Edwards on Bass,Mark Saunders on Drums,Ashley Wales Electrics and myself on some other stuff.The new album was recorded live with Derek Bailey and is one of the last recordings of the Great Guitarist,released early this year it has had some really good reviews.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

The week

I Had Heaps of teaching and rehearsing last week for various shows.Meetings that I hope will bring to fruition a few really promising projects.Had the first day of a large scale workshop project in Derby that was a lot of fun.This is a project where Students from two schools will work with both myself and great instrument maker Walt Shaw on new an original sound sources through found objects.It's a three month project culminating in a big show at the end of November.
I had the pleasure to guest with the Evan Parker Quartet on the thursday 28th September at his monthly gig at the Vortex.It was a take no prisioners full on wall of sound from the word go with Tony Marsh Drums and John Edwards on Bass, both playing there socks off.It was also a full house and a very appreciative audience.I played a Malletkat Pro through an old Roland multi timbral unit with sad vibes sounds that gave me a few scarry moments when triggering or programme changing but fortunately for me it stood up to the task.I will be using it today for the L.I.O gig at the Red Rose probably with some other sound source,I am still deciding whether to try using it through a virtual instrument software like the Garitan Orchestral sounds with my laptop.If it sounds ok and triggers properly i.e latency etc.I will then hope to use it for the Brit funk reunion gigs this week.


Lovely gigs happening next week Saturday.Rehearsals are going really well and the band sounds REAL Phat and FUNKY just as the music used to be played.
The dates are as follows:
3 Oct 2006 19:00
The Battersea Barge,Nine Elms Lane, SW8 5BP, behind the Fed Ex Building, London, SW8 5BP
7 Oct 2006 19:00
The Jazz Cafe London,5 Park Way, , London, NW1 7PG
Cost: £17.50 advance. Call 0870 060 3777 for Tix.

2 serious night of Jazzfunk and soulful vibes from some of the pioneers of the Brit Funk era... Beggar & Co was formed by founder Light Of The World members, Kenny Wellington, Breeze McKrieth and David Baptiste.Beggar & Co sold over 100,000 copies and earned the writers gold records but more importantly put them on record alongside major influences like Kool And The Gang, Brass Construction, Earth Wind & Fire.CENTRAL LINE had huge international hits with
"Walking in sunshine" and " Nature Boy" Bassist Camelle hinds going on to have a successful solo career as a vocalist.ORPHY ROBINSON a founder member of classic Brit Funk band SAVANNA who had two hits in the early eighties with "I can't turn away" and "Never let you go" cementing there place in U.K Black music history.Orphy went on to achieve great success as a a top international Jazz musician recording for historic U.S Jazz label Blue Note Records.There will be a few very special unannounced guests appearing on both nights.Get there early as theses gigs have generated quite a buzz on the underground scene.
Breeze McKrieth - guitar/vocals David Baptiste - saxophone/flute/vocals Kenny Wellington - trumpet/flugel/vocals, Fayaz Virji - trombone Peter Hinds - keyboards Toby Baker - keyboards, Camelle Hinds - bass/ lead vocals Henry Defoe-guitar/vocals Orphy Robinson - vibraphone/percussion Lynton Beckles - lead vocals Perry Melius -