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 the Children’s Society. With the support of Mac Makes Music we performed at Midlands Arts Centre in April to a 122 strong audience that culminated in many joining the band on stage to dance and celebrate.
Thanks to AHRC, Children’s Society, Mac Makes Music, Celebrating Sanctuary and all the amazing young people involved!
Macondo Village Band are:-
Mike Olatunj – sax
Sid Peacock – guitar
Remie Lubasu – guitar
Steve Tromans – piano
Kevin Mazebo – bass
Alpha Lema – congas
Tymek Jozwiak – drums
thanks to Katherine Hannaford for videos and audio work.
September 1, 2016 | Categories: Blog | Comments Off on Macondo Sessions – AHRC Community Engagement
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.
February 29, 2016 | Categories: Blog | Comments Off on THSH Jazz Electives Commission
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!