snapshot of score of Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities for trumpet, trombone and orchestra

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26 December 2021

I’ve finally got round to putting our so far one and only photo of the whole band on the Perfect Stranger page! (It’s a bit clunky, but it’s only a stopgap until we get a proper site for the band together.)

Our Perfect Stranger videos are now, after the long haul of coordinating all the material — audio and video — from five cameras, all up and published on YouTube and Facebook. There are four short films: one is a ‘taster’ with just extracts of the band playing, and the other three make up a mini-documentary including some of me talking about the project. Full details and links here.

The band consists of these excellent people: Adam Bishop and Mick Foster (saxes, clarinets, flutes), Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet and flugelhorn), Tom Green (trombone), Alcyona Mick (piano), Rob Millett (vibes and percussion), Eddy White (guitar), Paul Michael (bass) and Gary Willcox (drums) with me conducting (mostly, with the odd bit of fretless bass) — and they’re fantastic! There’s still the challenge of finding times when suitable combinations of these good people are available to rehearse, but I’m less concerned about that as we’re actively seeking gigs and will try and rehearse as close to any gigs as possible. Once we’re really comfortable with the music — a few gigs in, I anticipate — we should be ready to make an album titled Unfinished Business, because that’s exactly what it is. Watch this space!

In Other News, I was delighted to report that, having first discovered that the recording of my Concerto for Trumpet and Brass Band (Richard Marshall, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Elgar Howarth) was still available after all, then found it no longer was... now it is again... or it was... Amazon says, ‘Currently unavailable. We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.’ Bugger it!

PsychoYogi News

(For newcomers to this site, along with the activities described here, I also play fretless bass guitar in PsychoYogi — see my Biography.)

Things have been grinding back into motion lately. We played at the apostrophically challenged Birds Nest in Deptford in July, then made our debut appearance (well, for me it was) at the famous Dublin Castle pub in Camden Town in October. We’re about to return to Biddle Bros. in Hackney on 20 November, and then we’re at the Birds Nest yet again in early January. I can barely keep up!

The ‘live’ videos of four of our songs have been well received and appreciated. These were not in front of an audience, hence my scare-quotes, but we did play and record in real time — it was all done in our sometime drummer Jonas Golland’s bedroom! It was good fun, if a little tricky to negotiate the stands for three mics, three cameras and three lights in a very confined space — but we managed. They’re all on YouTube: Therapy Session, The Magic Tellingbone, Happy Family and Evening Call.

We’re still chopping and changing between drummers. Ravi Low-Beer is very busy with other projects, not least MFC Chicken, so at the moment we’re alternating between the excellent Arnold Lane and the aforementioned Jonas Golland.

The album Shrine is still available to download and/or listen to on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and Amazon (among others?).

Older News

Apart from all that, naturally, this web site: explore my works, find out about Perfect Stranger, read my biography, keep track of your harp pedal settings, and see what’s on the various other pages. You can also get in touch with me via the Contact form. And for those with a taste for historical technical curiosities, there’s even a page about my NotaFile document — and the document itself.

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Also on the Listen page is my standard disclaimer about MIDI recordings, and a note about browser compatibility with the players for YouTube, SoundCloud and plain MP3s embedded in these pages.

 
And in case anyone’s wondering, what I’m actually looking at in that photo is not the score of Invisible Cities, but a large owl perched on my wrist.