Thursday, January 25, 2007

MUSIC SUPPLEMENTED

Wow!finally got there,Last sunday was the first of my new venture at the Millfield theatre a lovely venue in North London.It was a hectic period for me with rehearsals for a concert at Trinity College of music with the great female contemporary classical composer Alwyn Pritchard,I had also Directed the music presentation for The "State of Play" Education conference at the Roundhouse in Camden. while trying to put together a band for a private gig at Hackney empire for the 2012 Olympic committee and teaching,fortunately they both came together really well the band had Byron Wallen,Cleveland Watkiss,Steve Williamson,Benet Mclean,Troy Miller,Neville Malcolm and truly kicked.The Trinity concert was part of the WIRED UP Festival at the music college.A new venture for the college in the area of electronic music.A full house greeted each concert in the festival.We closed the Wednesday evening with some lovely pieces written by Alwyn that brought the house down.Friday I went along to the debut gig of Robert Mitchells great new band.Corey Mwamba was on vibes an inspiring addition as was Shaney Forbes drums,Tom Mason Bass,A stellar lineup finished off with Omar Puente Violin and the fantastic Deborah Jordan Vocals.
What a great gig and the band was on seriously on fire.

Monday, January 22, 2007

The 1st Sunday music supplement

Yesterday saw the first gig of the sunday music supplement A new monthly event that I am running at the wonderful Millfield theatre in edmonton north london.We had A lovely audience and what a way to start it was a full house we couldn't actually fit everyone in so unfortunately some peoples view was a little restricted ( sorry about that).The musicians Cleveland Watkiss Vocals,Steve Williamson Sax,Byron Wallen Trumpet,were truly outstanding as they always are.They all used live looping and Fx processing to create some wonderful soundscapes that had the audience enthralled.
I played Marimba for a change and had a ball on some collaborative pieces.There were many families that turned up and that made the atmosphere very different from the normal one you would have at events like this,It was a real joy to see the looks on the faces of the young ones as they watched the musicians stretch the music in all different directions at the drop of a hat.A big thank you from me to all involved and to the many wellwishers who contributed to such a fantastic opening.Next one on 18th FEBRUARY DETAILS TO FOLLOW.
Check out this review of the 1st Sunday supplement kindly provided by liziana on her myspace blog. http://www.myspace.com/lizanalatif

Friday, January 12, 2007

PAUL"TUBBS"WILLIAMS R.I.P.

Sad news today of the passing of Britsh Jazz funk Legend and Number 1 Bass player PAUL"TUBBS"WILLIAMS.Paul who was the Bassist with top Brit funk band "LIGHT OF THE WORLD" from the age of 14,Was a mesmerising virtuoso bassist blessed with a prodigous amount of talent.Spotted from his teens he went on to blaze a trail through the late 70s and early eighties with the band.Inspiring many bass players on the scene and others starting out."INCOGNITO,THE TEAM were two of the "light of the world" offshoots that Paul was a member of.My group "Savanna" always admired his honesty and integrity in a vibrant north london scene with it's many different characters he stood out.Paul had moved to Holland in recent years running a successful studio and music education business called "Liquidspillers" working with P-funk legend George Clinton amongst many others.Paul will be sadly missed by all who knew him through his music and on a personal level. http://www.lightoftheworld.org.uk/

Corey Mwamba and Robert Mitchell duet

Two of my favourite musicians were in town last night.I had the pleasure of going to their Duet gig at the Vortex Jazz club.The compositions titled "Ocean in the hand,
Cumulus,"Redbridge,"Bereft,Quantum,A Child is born,Juxtaposition and If these walls,
were all fantastic vehicles for some incredible improvisations that had the audience spellbound.Not a note was wasted by both musicians.let's hope that they record an album soon to document two musicians at the top of the game.My first gig of the year and what an inspiring and great way to start.