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Surge Orchestra at The Edge 1st October

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.

Macondo Sessions – AHRC Community Engagement

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.

Peacock Angell at RSC Sun 12 June 1-3pm

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Surge – Astonishing Musical Thunderstorm

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.13255996_10207477155544884_3433279782921715763_n

THSH Jazz Electives Commission

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 in Chongqing

Black is the Colour with Hu Yan of the Chongqing Sichuan Opera Troupe on erhu.

Peacock Angell at Moseley Folk on 6th Sep 12.30pm

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Surge to play at Mostly Jazz festival on 12th July!

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Surge Orchestra

Surge Orchestra 7th feb 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!

Peacock Angell Band – Fear a’ Bhàta