We had a great time this week playing at Wigmore Hall for a Wigmore Learning concert, working alongside presenter Pete Letanka. (As it happens myself and Ross will be working with Pete again in November for a family concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra). Here we are setting up…
Then later that day we whizzed over to the Fish Factory studio to record a new tune of mine which will become a music video later in the year. I’ll be working with director Peter Cant once again, who was also involved in our docu-videos, our Shakespeare Sounds project and a Late Junction collaboration I did a few years back with violinist Donald Grant.
Yesterday I had great fun hearing Onyx Brass record my piece ‘The Mighty Pencil’ for their new album due out next year on NMC Recordings (PRSF funded commission). The album will also feature music by Kenny Wheeler, Gwilym Simcock, Jason Rebello and Liam Noble amongst others…
‘The Mighty Pencil’ is dedicated to the victims of the 2015 shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo.
There are now four new videos of MY IRIS performing at Emulsion V (back in January) up on the website! Very excited to share these with you all 🙂 Take a look here. Massive thanks to Trapeze film (camera work), Alex Fiennes (sound) and Chris Kelly (video editing).
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.
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.