My pal and collaborator Delphine Dora is going to be touring the UK with “Mocke” if you haven’t heard their record do have a listen here:
I’ll be supporting on the 19th January at Centrala, Birmingham – amps and trombone action.
Happy new year!
I had the absolute honour of visiting the Malta Sound Women Network a couple of weeks ago for about 36 hours and had an awesome time. Jess Rymer and Yasmin Kuymizakis set up the group last summer after being inspired by work done over here by the Yorkshire Sound Women’s Network and their group is doing amazingly well. They run a regular workshop every Saturday at the Malta School of Music and I think they have around 50 regular attendees getting their heads around music, sound and tech which I think is just an incredible achievement in such a short time. They asked me over to perform and run a workshop at one of their Saturday events and I was so glad to do so. I ended up doing two gigs, the first one was an hour long improv with Jess, who is a great trumpet player, and then I played solo at the music school the next day. After the show I left my gear on stage and showed members how to do manipulate the sound of their voices using various bits of hardware which was so much fun. There are a couple of pics taken by Heba Ahmed below.
Yasmin and Jess did a performance on the Saturday which you can hear in my latest Tor FM radio show (Christmas special!)
newest Tor Fm here for you to listen to, there’s a cut from the gig me and Sam did with Emmanuelle Parrenin and a weird and wild radio play direct from The Burselm – Vile Plumage production.
Sam Underwood of “doom-tuba” fame got me to record some trombone for his new album Belatedly out soon on Box Records. I’m on the track called “Sof’!
Have a listen and preorder here on the bandcamp:
Super happy to have this album out on the greatest label in the world: VHF! The release date is the 1st December but you can hear it in full here:
Cheers Bill for sorting out. Well happy:
The debut release by The Slowest Lift (Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley) presents a new chapter in the long-running tradition of radical English music duos. Originally formed via a commission from the Supernormal Festival, Cooper (an accomplished solo performer and collaborator) and Bradley (from frequent VHF delinquents Vibracathedral Orchestra) play a kind of gentle postindustrial psychedelia, with Cooper’s lovely vocals floating over a collage of live and electronic performances. The songs are a blend of straightforward performance and eccentric bricolage, with rude electronic interjections sitting comfortably alongside delicate guitar and keyboard melodies. Zoviet France-like low-fi atmospherics compete with Cooper’s voice for air on tracks like “Crystal Fracture” and “Hi From The Skyline Swim,” while the duo’s surprising cover of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur” deep on side two sneaks in perfectly, a mini-pop music drama reimagined as pure hallucination.
I’ve done quite a bit of recording with United Bible Studies and it’s starting to come out on bits n bobs around now. Check out this video below of a new song:
I was in The Guardian chatting about Todmorden and the music scene here. Have a read if you’re interested:
There’s a new episode of Tor FM made for Camp Radio. Hear me hang out down the crypt, play some tunes, then an interview with the amazing Jorge Boehringer aka Core of the Coalman about composition and other interesting stuff he does.
Reminder – Come to see Emmanuelle Parrenin tomorrow night at the Golden Lion! Me and Sam McLoughlin (samandtheplants) are playing with her. I’m so excited 🙂
This Thursday! Please don’t miss this amazing and totally special gig we are putting on at The Golden Lion in Todmorden. Sam McLoughlin and I will be joining her on a few songs and doing some improvisation with her too. Emmanuelle Parrenin is a legend and we’re so lucky to have her in our town. See ya there x