snapshot of score of Five Pieces for Saxophone Quartet

Five Pieces for Saxophone Quartet

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16 November 2022

Following Perfect Stranger’s first three gigs — in March at Karamel, July at Colchester Arts Centre and October in the Jazz825 series in Southend — we made our EFG London Jazz Festival debut this week! This took place back at Karamel, who must have thought we were OK the first time. Trevor Taylor has also kindly invited us back to Southend to play at the Jazz Centre UK in February. More info on the Perfect Stranger page, where there are now two (count ’em!) photos of the whole band! (They’re both clunky — not to mention out of date — but it’s only a stopgap until we get a proper site for the band together, with some decent photos.)

Our Perfect Stranger videos are 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 now consists of these excellent people: Adam Bishop and Mick Foster (saxes, clarinets, flutes), Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet and flugelhorn), Tom Green (trombone), Alcyona Mick (keyboards), Rob Millett (vibes and percussion), Eddy White (guitar), Paul Michael (bass guitar) and Jonas Golland (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 further gigs and will try and rehearse as close as possible to each one. 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!

PsychoYogi News

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

We played two gigs in June: Intox Extravaganza’s summer all-dayer at AMP Studios in New Cross, and at the Birds Nest. We’ve since been back to Biddle Bros., and the next gig on the slate is at the Brunswick in Hove.

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 seem to be pretty much settled on the splendid Arnold Lane as our drummer these days — it’s good to have this stability, and he’s a great player.

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.

As well as listening to my MIDI recordings on this site, you can visit my channels on YouTube and SoundCloud to hear the same MIDI realizations of a number of my works, and see the same YouTube videos as you can see here, to get a glimpse of the scores (in most cases). These pieces are available:

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 Five Pieces for Saxophone Quartet, but a large owl perched on my wrist.