The first of our Freedom Principle gigs in our Autumn 2013 season sees 20+ of Manchester and Leeds' finest musicians meeting in two large ensembles for a night of jazz, noise and improvisation craziness! Two groups led by Efpi's own Anton Hunter and Sam Andreae will face each other in a battle of epic proportions – in more ways than one… Join us at KroBar on Oxford Road (opposite Manchester University Students' Union) on Sunday 15th September, anything could happen!
KroBar, 325 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PG www.kro.co.uk £5/£3 entry
Sunday 15th September
7:00pm doors, music 7:30pm
Following on from a triumphant live debut at the Manchester Jazz Festival this weekend, Efpi Records are delighted to present Entanglement, the debut release from trumpeter Nick Walters' Paradox Ensemble. Take a listen below then head on over to the Efpi shop to download or grab a limited edition CD copy – based on how they were flying off the shelves at mjf following their gig they won't last long…
If you still need convincing, here's just a selection of the response to the Paradox gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival last Saturday with some photos by Peter Fay:
'Big dense lush harmonies mashed together with disjoint grooves and lots of intertwining lines… Swing became groove became swing groove, all amounting to a joyful noise' Adrian Stevenson, The Ring Modulator
'an impressive and exciting set with all the energy of [labelmates] Beats and Pieces plus some interesting use of electronics' Tony Dudley-Evans writing at the Jazz Breakfast
Here at Efpi towers we're always really excited around this time of year, not because of the weather (normally there's not much to get excited about in a Manchester summer) but because of the week and a half of awesomeness that is the Manchester Jazz Festival – that starts TODAY! This year we're particularly pleased to be presenting a series of 3 early evening gigs at the RNCM, details below… And of course there's lots of other amazing things going on that we wanted to flag up.
And what better way to flag up things like these than in a brand new Efpi podcast? Apologies for the hiatus in our 'monthly' series but we're back and we're back with a 'semi-coherent package'… Team Efpi (Sam Andreae, Anton Hunter and your host Ben Cottrell) discuss the festival, with particular focus on the 3 Efpi gigs and other gigs from Efpi artists, featuring music from the Anton Hunter Trio, an exclusive track from the upcoming Trio Riot album, and music taken from releases by brand new Efpi artists Paradox Ensemble (led by Beats & Pieces trumpeter Nick Walters) and the Johnny Hunter Quartet.
The festival starts TONIGHT – make sure you give the podcast a listen in advance so you don't miss a beat, and we'll see you in the bar…
Efpi @ mjf
MONDAY 29th JULY – Efpi Extravaganza! Anton Hunter Trio + Johnny Hunter Quartet + Roadrunner Honey
Maximising on the personnel overlap in the bands, this session showcases three of Efpi’s flagship ensembles – irreverently mixing tunes and free jazz, culminating in a hell-for-leather workout from all players.
The release comes on either digital download or special hand-made limited edition CD with artwork by the ever-amazing Angela Guyton. And if you’re quick, there a discount code to celebrate today being International Jazz Day. Just put “jazzday” in when completing checkout to get a whopping 20% off the digital download, hurry though, the code runs out on Monday 6th.
There’s still chance to buy them in person too, the album launch gig is at Matt & Phred’s in Manchester tomorrow (Wednesday 1st May) and the trio will also be playing at The Oxford in London on Monday 6th.
This is all going to be in support of a brand new recording on Efpi, and here’s a sneak preview for your ears right now.
Setting out on tour for the first time leading his own trio, this marks a new phase in Anton’s career, the results have already been compared to such varied artists as Tortoise, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Bill Frisell. More introspective and spacious than his work with HAQ or the Beats & Pieces Big Band, there is, as ever, still plenty of room for freedom and exploration within the structures, whilst not letting go of his melodic tendencies.
“…debut at this year’s Manchester Jazz Festival got everyone talking” Band On The Wall
“strong melodies, allied to a sense of exploratory improvised adventure” Jazz At The Lescar
Feels a little weird to be announcing our ‘spring’ season whilst its snowing outside, but hopefully by the time February comes around there’ll be birds and daffodils and everything! And we’ll be kicking off our short but sweet Spring season with some really exciting gigs… As well as Manchester bands Johnny Hunter Quartet, Badger the Hermit and A Greater Horror, we’ll be welcoming saxophonist Pete Lyons over from Sheffield and the much talked about Shatner’s Bassoon from the always innovative Leeds scene.
Also really exciting is is a series of one-off “project” commissions that will be performed as the first set on some nights. This is something that we’re introducing for the first time this season with projects led by Efpi co-founders Sam Andreae and Anton Hunter, and we’re all pretty eager to see what will happen with these first two projects and beyond! The premise is that we ask different musicians/composers to be in charge of putting together a set of music in collaboration with some/all of the featured act, with the likely possibility of involving local musicians too. By the nature of these commissions (sometimes the musicians will have never met before the night itself, and have very little rehearsal time) the results will be spontaneous and often somewhat a work in progress, which we think will be fascinating for audiences to be a part of. Each featured artist will have to develop a workable composition or concept for this situation, and we’re really excited about hearing the results!
Dates are as follows:
5th February – Pete Lyons LX:V Quintet + Johnny Hunter Quartet
19th February – Shatner’s Bassoon + Sam Andreae project
5th March – Badger the Hermit + Anton Hunter project
19th March – A Greater Horror + Sam Andreae (solo)
Full details and descriptions of all bands over on the Freedom Principle page, along with all the info for timings, location etc. As ever, all of this will cost you £3 to enjoy – remember that 100% of that money goes directly to the musicians, in many cases just to pay for their travel rather than as any sort of fee. Thanks in anticipation for your continued support, we wouldn’t be able to keep doing this without people like YOU coming along to Sandbar.
Happy new year! For the first podcast of 2013, Ben assembled a crack team of musicians from amongst the Efpi family and friends in a barn in the middle of the Peak District to discuss both the musical year that was 2012 and the exciting things that are coming up in 2013… Our expert panel drawn from all over Europe consists of (in alphabetical order to avoid any arguments!) Sam Andreae, Moss Freed, Anton Hunter, Johnny Hunter, David Meier, Finlay Panter and Alice Zawadzki – all of those names above are hyperlinks which will take you to their own websites, where you can find out more information about the musicians themselves and some of the projects they discuss in the podcast.
More information on the other bands and musicians we talked about can be found via the links below – there’s some that aren’t in the list below but they’re either not online (according to google at least) or can be found on the individual musician’s website as linked to above.
Massive thanks to everyone involved for being informative and entertaining, hope you enjoy listening and find some new things to listen to in the coming year!
Remember remember, the 5th of November… Silence Blossoms Live in Skurup + Live in Sweden is out now! Head on over to our shop to get involved and check out the video below for a brief clip of their launch concert in Stockholm yesterday.
The band perform in the UK in a couple of weeks – 18th November (1.30pm) at the Forge in Camden (London Jazz Festival), and 20th November at Efpi’s Freedom Principle night at Sandbar, Manchester. Alice Zawadzki will be appearing alongside the band at both dates.
Efpi Records is delighted to announce the release of a collection of live recordings from Stockholm-based Silence Blossoms. The collection is in two parts – a cassette of lo-fi tracks recorded on a single pair of microphones at venues around Sweden, and a digital download of a higher quality recording from Skurup in the south of the country. The collection will be released in collaboration with Swedish label Ljup on November 5th, and is available to pre-order soon from our online shop.
Silence Blossoms was brought together by saxophonist Sam Andreae in 2010. Sam’s saxophone and electronics feature alongside the multiple instruments of Gus Loxbo and the haunting vocals of Hanna Olivegren, with this core trio often joined by guest musicians. The band’s compositions combine contemporary poetry with influences as diverse as Scandinavian folk and improvised noise music to produce a sound that is beautiful yet often terrifying, inspired in equal parts by contemporary song poets such as Leonard Cohen and Bonnie Prince Billy and free improvisers such as Evan Parker and Derek Bailey.
Silence Blossoms will be launching this live collection at their first ever UK show, during the London Jazz Festival at The Forge in Camden on Sunday 18th November (1.30pm). They will also be playing at Efpi’s Freedom Principle series at Sandbar in Manchester on Tuesday 20th November (8.30pm).
Check out the video below for a sneak preview of the cassette, and hear an interview with Sam about the band and their music on the first of Efpi’s brand new podcast series.