The final leg of this three-part Taupe-stravaganza was a recording in Glasgow’s Dystopia Studios. It began life as a funeral parlour and is now overseen by Luigi Pasquini who knows how to make things sound good but, to my knowledge, hasn't had much past involvement with corpses.. This recording was a first for Taupe as we were recording scores to form part of James Joys’ new work Foreign Bodies/Ritual Taxonomy. The pieces were, flatteringly, written with us in mind and are often a mixture of written instructions, melodic fragments, visual stimulus, certain harmonic trajectories or any/all of the above. It was often a wrenchingly moving texture to be immersed in and to add to; the scores themselves are as beautiful to look at as the genuine excerpts from the UK’s immigration policy and asylum paperwork are horrendous to read. I can only hope that we have done it some justice, and I can’t wait to hear it once James has done his thing and sent them to band-friend and experimental turntablist Mariam Rezaei.
Last weekend saw my participation Jazz North's Back to Live residency. I was playing with John Pope Quintet, and shared a bill with Nishla Smith and her band. It was so good to get playing again and hanging out with musicians! A dose of normality. I'm looking forward to Manchester Jazz Festival this weekend. Faye MacCalman also plays in JPQ, and Archipelago's new album is released later this month. Here's the preorder link for that! Faye is also performing a solo slot for Taupe's Newcastle return on 3rd September! Buy tickets!
Hello there, and welcome to my incredibly belatedly-created website. After a year of postponements, reschedules, cancellations and periods of self-isolation it feels as if the tide is slowly turning towards a world where art, community and shared experience can, once again, exist in a physically palpable sense.
I intend to use this page to keep people astride of releases, upcoming tours, interesting rehearsal progress and perhaps the odd point towards something I've been listening/reading/watching that I think might be of interest to others. So if you find yourself being 'interested' in me at all then 1) get help! and 2) head to the homepage and subscribe to the newsletter. It'll mostly be me pointing out new releases or new posts on this page.
(Also, I was told by a friend of mine who works in Search Engine Optimisation that keeping a blog, however humble, is a huge help. So y'know...there's that too.)
Crediting photos on Weebly-made website is a little difficult. So massive thanks to Daphne Mee, Victoria Wai, Becky Cleasby and Criss Roden for their photos. Please give their other work a look, and if you're interested in working with them then those names serve as hyperlinks to get in touch. Apart from Criss, but he's a good friend and I'll hook you up.
For now, I hope you enjoy clicking through the groups on this page and listening to their music. Thank you for the support, and I'm looking forward to the future!