We had a great gig at Birmingham Jazz’s Legends Festival with a homage to Sun Ra. This review by John Watson on Jazz Breakfast captures the event. Pic by Brian Homer.
Delighted to have been chosen as composer for the Town Hall Symphony Hall Jazz Electives project. I have composed two pieces, New St. Groove and Be Yourself that will be performed by hundreds of young musicians at Symphony Hall on 14th July 2016. I will also be working with older pupils at three Birmingham high schools to create another new piece to be performed. High energy full on exciting stuff!!! Here’s a video from the project in 2013.
Black is the Colour with Hu Yan of the Chongqing Sichuan Opera Troupe on erhu.
Our Surge Orchestra gig at mac was a huge success with a very heartening turn out. Feeling fully inspired and optimistic about the future of Surge as an established Birmingham ensemble. Plans are afoot. Here’s a couple of reviews of the gig that gives you more info on the set we played. Surge Orchestra review at Jazz Mann and Surge Orchestra review at Jazz Breakfast .Huge thanks to all at mac, Arts Council England, Feeney Trust, Peter Bacon PR, Garry Corbett, everyone who came and all the people who have helped out in various ways. Finally, the biggest thanks of all to the wonderful and talented musicians of Surge!