Trio Riot will soon be back on English soil for what promises to be a punktastic experience for all! Here's a little teaser from their last visit to our pleasant shores and details of where you can see them this time.
TRIO RIOT UK TOUR :
July 29th – Jazz in the Round, The Cockpit, London
July 30th (with Shatner's Bassoon) – The Leeds Lock-in, Oporto, Leeds
July 31st – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester Jazz Festival
August 2nd – Cafe Ort, Birmingham
August 3rd – Beatnik Records, Altrincham
Podcast no. 5 (curated by me, Sam) reaches new levels of hilarity and hi-jinx with an interview featuring the delightful Shatner’s Bassoon when they came over to Manchester last week to play at Freedom Principle. The track you hear at the end is “This Is How You Make A Buck” from their new album (Aquatic Ape Privilege) which is out on Wasp Millionaire Records. In the interview you’ll be hearing from Johnny Richards, Mick Bardon, Ollie Dover, Craig Scott, Andrew Lisle and Joost Hendrickx who (as you’ll hear) could take up a long and fruitful career in team stand-up comedy if they decided this improv malarkey wasn’t for them.
Here is the second in our new series of music podcasts where this month I’ll be presenting a selection of music from Trondheim, the city which I’ve been living in the last year and a half. Located in middle Norway it’s a bit of a mystical jazz/improv/experimental haven, with many great musicians crammed into a small city.
A few Trondheim facts worth special mention; the jazz super-group (there’s a contradiction) Atomic were formed here; there are more experimental tuba players per capita than anywhere else in the world; rain, snow and “dark” are the main three weather types; and it has an astonishingly vibrant music scene (especially for such a small city).
Here are details of the bands and artists (in order) presented on the show, happy listening!:
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 ;-)
Here at Efpi towers we’re all very proud to announce the release of Big Ideas, the eagerly anticipated debut album from our flagship ensemble, Beats & Pieces Big Band. Financed by the prize money won when they were named winners of the European Young Artists’ Jazz Award in Burghausen, Germany last Spring, the album is the culmination of the band’s efforts since their first ever gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2008.
The band launched the album over the past couple of weeks with special launch shows in Manchester and London – highlights from the Manchester show at the RNCM were broadcast on BBC Jazz on 3 and the sold out gig at Ronnie Scott’s in London received glowing 5 star reviews in both The Guardian and The Telegraph, as well as heavy praise from Jazzwise magazine. The video below has some footage from the Ronnie’s gig, as well as a quick chat with bandleader Ben Cottrell about the band’s history and the new album and some post-gig reaction from some enthusiastic audience members.
The album is released on 12th March 2012, and available via the Efpi online shop or other online retailers such as Amazon.
We’re pleased to announce that Efpi’s own Anton Hunter is taking part in a residency all this week at the Band On The Wall, led by award-winning folk band The Unthanks. The aim of the week is to create an evening’s worth of music by collaborating with the band and with the other 11 musicians selected to take part. The fruit of their labours will be on Friday 10th from 7:30pm.
You can keep up to date with what Anton thinks at his website. And up to date with what everyone else thinks as well at this website (content will be uploaded throughout the week, nothing on there at time of posting).
For even more links to Efpi; Clive Hunte, who is playing bass all week, actually filmed some of the Beats & Pieces Big Band live DVD too. So there.
As part of the epic Efpi Records Showcase week Trio Riot have been out and about in England. We started up in style with 2 days rehearsing in The Dog and Partridge pub in my home town of Bollington. David and Mette threw themselves into the small town experience with a tasty local bitter, greasy fish and chips, and a walk up to the town’s hilltop monument, White Nancy. After this relaxing start we started the tour at the RNCM in Manchester and then headed to the Tin Angel in Coventry, The Forge as part of The London Jazz Festival and The Yardbird (run by the Cobweb Collective) in Birmingham. We had a great response at all the gigs, thanks so much to everyone who came down, especially the ones who also bought our highly exclusive hand-crafted CDs ;-) here’s a few pics and a video clip from Birmingham. Hope to be coming back to the small island soon!
I realised the other day that there are probably some people who don’t live in Trondheim, which then lead me to think that maybe there are some people who didn’t know how awesome it is. This made me sad. So seeing as last week was a particularly creative and love filled week (with a little help from our Swedish friends), I thought I’d take the opportunity to send a little bit of Trondheim to the masses. The masses of people that read this blog that is. So here’s the run down (with informative video examples) of what we got up to.
Wednesday kicked of with a double-double concert evening. First up, MoHa! were playing Klubb Kanin at Rockheim with support from Rema Tøsen (Rema being the Norwegian Tescos, and Tøsen being a slut). MoHa! were brutal, aggressive math rock being paired with near blinding synchronized lighting, quite an assault of the senses. In a good way. I was one third of Rema Tøsen, along with Ole Mofjell (drums) and Eirik Havnes (electronics), it was our first gig and hopefully not our last, I believe we played a psychedelic electronic improvisation, but feel free to correct me if that’s wrong… Here’s a vid of MoHa!, you’ll need to watch until 1:22 to get a good idea of what they sound like. And one of us.
The same night there were two performances at a new improvised music night run by Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø. The first act was a solo performance by Swedish sax player Anna Högberg, I unfortunately missed this, but I have seen her play a concert in a sauna in middle Sweden, so I can assume that it was great! Next up was Henrik (trombone) with Finn Loxbo (guitar), and Frøydis Dahlø (flute), they gave us a good dose of extreme and intense minimalism. Which leads me smoothly onto the Thursday night, where Dahlø/Loxbo/Nørstebrø played another performance with Frøydis on electronics this time, they were followed by a debut performance from the melodic and energetic Ebb and Tide, which was made up of Anna Högberg, Matilda Rolfsson (drums) and Elsa Bergman (bass). The night took place in small gallery called Artnest, and most imprtantly, coffee and cake was provided. Here’s a vid of those two bands.
Finally, on Friday night, Matilda Rolfsson, Erlend Albertsen and myself made a performance/installation at a Gallery Blunk. The artwork, Terra Incognita, was a slowly changing video installation and the artist was Rasmus Brinch. It was a really inspiring installation space to play in, and again, most importantly, beer, coffee and waffles were provided ;-)
Thanks to everyone involved, I’m looking forward to more weeks like this one!
Pink Fem’s self titled debut CD is available now as a high quality download! Just visit the Efpi shop to listen and purchase. For those of you who don’t know this Danish outfit, here’s a short introduction…
It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you the newest addition to the Efpi family, Pink Fem. The Danish group is best described as a rock band with a improv esthetic – their music is often dark, dense and chaotic but with a sense of ironic humor that pervades throughout. Pink Fem have been making great sounds this summer at Copenhagen and Aarhus (@ Phonognom) Jazz Fesivals, their self titled debut CD has been selling well at concerts and it is now available through the Efpi Records Bandcamp store. The album is also being sold at the shop of our fellow jazz crusaders Homemade Records in Copenhagen, so pop down there if you want to pick up a beautiful hand (and home) made copy.
Pink Fem are:
Ilari Filander – Guitar
Sam Andreae – Tenor Sax
Peter Skibsted – Bass
Kasper Tom – Drums