I’m pleased to announce the release of a duo album with the great flautist Neil Metcalfe. The album is called ‘brackish’, and is on FMR. It was beautifully recorded, mixed and mastered by Sherry Ostapovitch.
Neil and I have been playing together every week for about a year and a half now. We initially worked together in a quartet with Mark Hanslip on tenor and Tony Marsh on drums, and also did a quartet gig with Evan Parker and Tony Marsh. We decided to start playing as an acoustic duo, and the process of developing that together has been one of the most rewarding musical experiences I’ve had.
If you’d like to hear where the process had reached last August, you can buy a copy either from FMR, or directly from me by clicking here (£10.50 inc postage within the UK, for international postage please email olie at riseup.net):
I’m very excited about a new band I’ve put together. This new quartet plays original compositions of mine, with lots of space for open-ended improvisation. The line-up features 3 of my favourite musicians, Mark Hanslip (tenor), Leon Michener (piano) and Jeff Williams (drums).
Mark has probably been my most regular collaborator since I moved to London. Our main project together was the trio TOM-MIX (with Tony Marsh on drums), and we have also performed in various line-ups including Mark Sanders, Paul Dunmall, Alex Bonney, Neil Metcalfe, Ray Warleigh, Javier Carmona and Alexander Hawkins. He has a beautiful duo record with Javier Carmona out on Babel, this spring.
Leon is probably best known as a virtuosic performer of contemporary classical music, but he is also a wonderful improviser. I play in his trio with Mark Sanders on drums.
Jeff is the newest relationship for me in the line-up, and someone I have wanted to work with for ages. He has appeared with an incredible array of jazz musicians, including Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman and Paul Bley as well as younger musicians including Tony Malaby, Bill McHenry and John O’Gallagher. His quartet will release their debut CD ‘Another Time’ in the spring of 2011 on Whirlwind Recordings
We have two gigs in the book at the moment, hopefully with more to be confirmed soon:
08/05/11, The North London Tavern, Kilburn. 7.30pm
got a bit fed up with dealing with myspace, so this blog will now be the way I’ll list gigs. I’ll also put any reviews etc up here, but not planning any fascinating musicological analysis for now…