Here’s a little vid from one of our recent gigs in Helsinki, seems the summer arrived when it should in Finland at least…..
We were there last month recording for our new album planned for release later in the year, the sessions were great fun and we put down a lot of tracks. Big thanks to David and Eero, and also Joonas, our fantastic recording engineer. Here’s a special little something for you guys too ;-)
There’s some amazing gigs happening in the UK over the next few weeks featuring Efpi musicians and/or some of our very good friends… Here’s just a selection, in vaguely chronological order:
LET SPIN – quartet led by guitarist Moss Freed that features Beats & Pieces’ Finlay Panter on drums, Acoustic Ladyland’s Ruth Goller on bass, and Led Bib’s Chris Williams on saxophone. UK tour runs until June 14th visiting Manchester tomorrow (Friday 8th), then Oxford and London next week – click for more info
MATCH & FUSE – organised by the ever inventive and industrious WorldService Project, this is a FREE festival in and around the Vortex Jazz Club in London that brings together a whole load of awesome bands from all over Europe, notably including Trio VD and Led Bib. The festival runs over 15th and 16th June – if we lived in London we know where we’d be that weekend… Check out the teaser video below for an idea of what’s to come.
FREEDOM PRINCIPLE – Efpi’s twice-monthly gig in Sandbar, Manchester hosts the awesome Ma (led by saxophonist Tom Challenger) on June 19th. Members of London’s Loop Collective, the band are on a Jazz Services supported tour supporting their debut album ‘The Last’, and this is one gig you don’t want to miss… See below for the reason why.
For the last gig before our summer break, we’ve got Manchester’s Johnny Hunter Group on 3rd July. The group features Beats & Pieces members Ben Watte on saxophone and Graham South on trumpet, as well as Stewart Wilson on bass who appears on Claire James Trio’s Lines EP.
£3 entry, all of which goes to the musicians, and you even get a discount at the bar for your troubles – everyone’s a winner!
MANCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL – a bit further in advance, but still very much worth mentioning! There’ll be a whole load of amazing music all over the city for 10 days in July (13-21) with highlights including the Stan Sulzmann Big Band, John Surman and Sons of Kemet – and those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head… Appearances by Efpi artists include our very own Anton Hunter, who will be debuting his new trio (supporting Sons of Kemet, Thursday 19th); Beats & Pieces saxophonist Sam Healey co-leads a brand new quintet (Tuesday 17th); and Beats & Pieces director Ben Cottrell will be playing saxophone with the incredible Alice Zawadzki and her band at Matt & Phred’s on the festival’s opening night (Friday 13th).
Led by the incredible saxophonist Tom Challenger, Ma are one of the most exciting and innovative bands around at the moment. We’ve been trying to get them to Sandbar for ages so we’re delighted that we’ve finally managed to make it happen as part of their UK tour supporting their new album ‘The Last’. Improv, electronics and samples combine to create “long, glittering key chords invaded by clattering drum’n'bass patterns and hooted at by distant sax fragments” (John Fordham, The Guardian). Not to be missed…
Tom Challenger (saxophone, keyboards), Matt Calvert (electronics), Dave Smith (drums)
Support comes from Manchester’s hottest new piano trio A Greater Horror. Rodrigo Constanzo (keyboards, electronics), Mauricio Pauly (bass), Alex Tod (drums). Check out their website for a recent video http://www.agreaterhorror.com/
Quadraceratops is a brand new septet playing original music by London-based saxophonist Cath Roberts, inspired by the music of Björk, Steve Coleman and Bad Plus bassist Reid Anderson amongst others. The band features some of London’s most exciting players, many members of the groundbreaking F-IRE Collective
Cath Roberts (saxophones), Tom Ward (saxophones), Dave Orchant (trumpet), Magnus Dearness (trombone), Kit Massey (piano), Dave O’Brien (bass), Luke Christie (drums)