Emulsion Sinfonietta on BBC Radio 3 TONIGHT

Very exciting goings-on tonight… at 10pm you can hear nearly the full set from the Emulsion Sinfonietta at Emulsion V (mac birmingham, January 27th 2017) on the Hear & Now programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08hmqbv

So, so, happy and proud to have this music being presented on this platform, as usual the BBC R3 team have done a fabulous job. On the programme you can hear interviews with some of the composers, and myself and Sara Mohr-Pietsch having a chat about all things Emulsion. Massive thank you to everyone who helped me make this dream a reality, in particular Tom Harrison, Fiona Talkington, my own band (Ross, Chris & James), Joe Cutler & Felix Carey.

Set list
Hans Koller Happy Mountain premiere
Chris Montague Beamish
Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian Muted Lines premiere
Trish Clowes Tap Dance (for Baby Dodds) premiere
Percy Pursglove He, whose dreams will never unfold (for DP) premiere
Bobbie Jane Gardner Tapeworm
Joe Cutler Karembeu’s Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder
Iain Ballamy Chantries

(photos Michelle Martin/Birmingham Review)

 

Line-Up (changes throughout)
Trish Clowes – saxes (& voice on ‘Muted Lines’); Percy Pursglove – trumpet; Chris Montague – guitar; James Maddren – drums; Calum Gourlay – bass; Ross Stanley – piano & Hammond organ; Melinda Maxwell – oboe & cor anglais; Max Welford – clarinets; Rachel Lander – cello; Anna Olsson – violin; Iain Ballamy – sax; Joe Cutler – keyboard (on Karembeu); Hans Koller – euphonium & piano; Joe Wright – sax

Anna Olsson’s “The Woodcarver”, which was premiered in the same set at Emulsion V, was broadcast last night. It’s performed by Anna with Rachel Lander, Ross Stanley & James Maddren. You can hear it at 2hours26mins with her own intro too: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08h0l2k

Special thanks go to Fiona Talkington who hosted the festival, and Alex Fiennes who provided the sound in the theatre space at the mac birmingham on the night.

 

Muted Lines (and Tap Dance)

Last year I commissioned Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian to write for My Iris (my band) and the Emulsion Sinfonietta. The new work ‘Muted Lines’ appears on my latest album ‘My Iris’, was toured during January and received its full-scale premiere at Emulsion V on January 27th 2017.

When we were fundraising for this project I recorded an interview with Cevanne:

For some time now I have been meaning to put up my latest album’s liner notes that relate to ‘Muted Lines’ and my response/sister piece ‘Tap Dance (for Baby Dodds)’ and so here they are:

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Latest investigations…

Here’s a few things I’ve been investigating this week…

Joanne Brackeen – Six Ate, with Billy Hart & Cecil McBee… and this video (thanks Nikki Iles) with Joe Henderson, Kim Clarke and Keith Killgo

And Joe Henderson’s quartet with Kim Clarke, Renee Rosnes & Sylvia Cuenca

Trois preludes et fugues – Marcel Dupre (thanks Ross Stanley)… also Herbert Howell’s Rhapsodies for Organ

Alice Coltrane doc on BBC Radio 3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08h0cc8
(and her records in general)

Jimi Hendrix & Larry Young jamming on “Nine to the Universe”

Questlove talking about working with D’Angelo:

I’ve also been reading more George Lewis’ “A Power Stronger Than Itself” and Lydia Goehr’s “The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works”

New interview on The Jazz Podcast

Rob Cope and Dan Farrant have set up The Jazz Podcast on iTunes… and it’s free!

They interviewed me recently and it’s just been released. Download via this link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-jazz-podcast/id1199948722?mt=2#episodeGuid=Buzzsprout-477187

They have a great energy, there’s lots of news and other jazz trivia on each episode. My interview is dated 17/2/17, but there are other great interviews up there too, including one with Stan Sulzmann.

Fab reviews & photos for Emulsion V

Emulsion V was a huge success! As Ed King of the Birmingham Review put it, “Vive L’Emulsion!”

Write up from Birmingham Review: http://birminghamreview.net/breview-emulsion-festival-mac-27-01-17/

Write up from LondonJazzNews: http://www.londonjazznews.com/2017/01/review-emulsion-festival-at-mac.html

Photos by Michelle Martin (of Birmingham Review):

Emulsion Festival @ mac 27.01.17

Various broadcasts of the festival going out on BBC Radio 3 throughout February… MY IRIS on Jazz Now on February 13th.

 

 

My Iris tour photos so far…

Here are some fabulous shots by Dannie Price from our album launch at the Pizza Express Jazz Club on Tuesday 17th Jan…

 

And here are some great shots by Bill Shakespeare at The Gallery, De Montfort University in Leicester from 19th January…

Camilla George Interview

camilla

Camilla is a fantastic alto player based in West London. She’s releasing her debut album Isang – pronounced E-S- A-NG (NG as in song) – on Ubuntu Music on Friday 13th January (same as my release date!!) after honing and nurturing her craft by playing with Tomorrow’s Warriors, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and Jazz Jamaica.

[This interview was originally from January 2017 but some new questions have been added throughout the text in June 2017, as well as questions relevant to future activities at the end.]

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