Massive thanks to everybody who came to the final Freedom Principle event of the season last week, featuring an Efpi supergroup of musicians performing compositions that had been submitted to us following our open call. It was a great night of great music, and we were also really pleased that the event was part of the Not Part Of festival – there’s lots of other amazing things going on during the festival, check out the listings…
We recorded (most of) the gig, and I’ll upload it here as soon as I get chance to get it all cut up. In the meantime though, check out the video below of us performing Adrian Stevenson’s tune ‘Indecision’. As I said, all of the compositions submitted were of a really high standard and it was shame we didn’t have time to play them all.
Thanks as always to Sandbar for being amazing hosts, to all the musicians that have performed since our opening night in September, and finally (but most importantly) to you, the audience, for supporting us – keep an eye out for what the autumn has in store…
Check me out, 2 posts in 2 days. Amazing, it’s not like I’m trying to avoid finishing my Masters Thesis or anything….
Anyway, me Hanna, Gus and Alex have just got back from our spring tour as Silence Blossoms, we played all over Norway, Sweden and Denmark and had a truly rewarding experience. The tour started in Trondheim (after Hanna, Gus and Alex drove over 1000km to get here then got a flat tire 15min from my house at 4am….) playing at the cosy Antikveriatet to a lovely crowd then we headed off to Oslo, Karlstad, Vesterås, Linköping and Stockholm where we had a few days off to hang, then continued to Skurup, Malmö and Arhus. We recorded most of the gigs and I’ll attach some highlights below. Also, we started our own CD sweat shop, basically, whoever wasn’t driving, made CDs. Some of them even turned out to be true art ;-) I have had several requests for more information about the poetry we use and the authors of it, if you follow this post to the bottom I’ve tried to track down some that are available online, feel free to brows them!
This is something I’ve been working with on and off over the last couple of years and I thought is was about time I put something about it out there on the wonderful world wide web. Inspired by my Manchester noise colleagues Anton Hunter and Rodrigo Constanzo (The Noise Upstairs gang) I was sent down the dark path of circuit bending and general electronic sound goooodness. Since then I’ve been busily soldering away in various closets across Scandinavia and have finally got myself a set-up that I think (at least to my ears) has some potential. So here it is, my first solo performance using an entirely analogue electro-acoustic sax set-up. Also some nice pictures of the guts of the thing. Also big thanks to Arnfinn and the Lydeksperiment guys here in Trondheim, it’s a fun and inspiring club to go to. Also check out Peter Blasser and Ciat-Lonbarde for his fantastic “paper circuits” which are ideal for an electronics newbie like me.
Hey there, this was the first outing (and my first proper gig in Helsinki) with my new Trio, a load of people turned out and there was a really good response to the music. The venue was a small bookshop in the center of the city, really nice place to play and many thanks to the owner, Ian, for being so kind and enthusiastic. Here are some photos from the gig and there are videos on our YouTube Channel. I’ll upload the audio clips here when we get some more hosting space……
Here are the recordings from the fantastic day we spent in St Ninians as part of CAF. Once again I’d like to give a massive thanks to everyone who took part in the day, I think a good time was had by all.
After having such a great time on my last visit I couldn’t resist another opportunity to spend some more time in Copenhagen. So after my planned trip to Aarhus I hopped on a train back to the Danish capital and wasted no time meeting up with my friend Marc for a quick informal recording session. Here are the fruits of our labour, a couple of originals and a lovely standard;
After that I headed straight back to the welcoming home of my CouschSurf friend (now actual friend…) Fredrik and the rest of the gang, all 10 of them…. Over the next few days I mostly practiced gypsie jazz and prepared for one of the world famous Pilehuset parties! We also went busking and got dragged of to play at a gangsters wedding, very bizzare. The party was awesome, a very nice 1920s/30s vibe going on with some incredible dancing from Kasper, Kiki and their friends. We provided the music for much of the night and it seemed to go down well, also the alcohol went down well, but after a short nap at 3am I managed to continue through until the end. Which is more than can be said for some of the other revelers….
Here are some photos of the house, the party and the morning after breakfast with the rest of the house;