Surge in Spring happened at Midlands Arts Centre on 8th April and was a huge success. Working with mac, Birmingham City University and other organisations I brought together this festival that celebrated wonderful musicians based in and connected to Birmingham. Here’s the promo video for the gig. More about the festival to follow.
Described on Jazz Breakfast as an “Astonishing musical thunderstorm” Surge Orchestra are set to perform again their homage to Sun Ra. This time at the unique venue that is the Edge in Digbeth. Check out http://www.birminghamjazz.co.uk/gigs/2016-10-01/surge-orchestra-plays-sun-ra for tickets and info.
An AHRC funded community engagement project for Birmingham City University with Midlands Arts Centre, Children’s Society and Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham. Over Feb. Mar and Apr a group of local Birmingham Congolese and jazz musicians came together to develop new music and work with young newly arrived refugees who attend My Place youth club hosted by […]
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 […]
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 […]