Efpi Records is delighted to present FREEDOM PRINCIPLE, an evening of amazing music and equally amazing beer at various venues in Manchester. Every event we’ll bring you two acts from across the UK and Europe performing a wide range of original music exploring various areas of jazz, improvised and experimental music, taking influences from anything and everything. The programme is put together by the three of us at Efpi with the only criteria being that we like it and think its cool – so if you like the music we and/or Efpi is involved in, you’ll probably like the music we put on at Freedom Principle too.
NEW FOR 2013! Brand new for this season of Freedom Principle concerts is a series of one-off “project” commissions that will be performed as the first set on some nights. 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!
Entry is £3, all of which goes straight to the performing musicians.
Doors are always at 8.30pm, first band starts at 9pm.
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5th February – Pete Lyons LX:V Quintet + Johnny Hunter Quartet
Detoxing from jazz and stuff for all of January, but back with a bang in February…
Saxophonist Pete Lyons has been an important part of the jazz scene in Sheffield and the Northern region for many years, and to mark the occasion of his 60th birthday he has composed a suite of 19 compositions, arranged for quintet, septet and duo. The suite represents a distillation of Pete’s influence and musical experiences over the years, with influences ranging from Coltrane to Kenny Wheeler and everything in between.
Pete Lyons (tenor saxophone), John Hulme (trumpet), Dan Whieldon (piano), Gavin Barras (bass), Johnny Hunter (drums)
You may have caught the debut gig from drummer and composer Johnny Hunter‘s quartet during Freedom Principle’s summer 2012 season – since then they’ve been busy writing, rehearsing and gigging and they’ve now quickly become one of the most exciting emerging bands in Manchester. Can’t wait to see them in Sandbar again…
Ben Watte (tenor saxophone), Graham South (trumpet), Stewart Wilson (bass), Johnny Hunter (drums)
19th February – Shatner’s Bassoon + Sam Andreae project
The excellently titled Shatner’s Bassoon are one of the most prominent new groups to come out of the always exciting Leeds scene, which has received a lot of attention in the past few months due to the success of their good mates Roller Trio. They’re coming to Sandbar as part of an extensive UK tour in support of their debut album, featuring music influenced by contemporary artists such as Tim Berne, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn and Frank Zappa amongst many, many others.
Johnny Richards (keyboards), Mick Bardon (bass), Ollie Dover (saxophones), Craig Scott (guitar), Andrew Lisle (drums), Joost Hendrickx (drums)
Alongside the duo we’re delighted to present the first of a brand new series of one-off “project” commissions, where we ask people to come up with something new in collaboration with some/all of the visiting band. First up is recently repatriated saxophonist and Efpi co-founder Sam Andreae – can’t wait to see what he comes up with!
5th March – Badger the Hermit + Anton Hunter project
Led by saxophonist and composer Will Lenton, alongside two thirds of the going places Gogo Penguin, Badger the Hermit ‘tread their own line between crunchy and sonorous’. They describe themselves as being like an ipod on shuffle, with a happy disregard for genre and an infectious love of the music – looking forward to hearing them first hand!
Will Lenton (saxophone), Grant Russell (bass), Rob Turner (drums)
The first set tonight will be another of our new project commissions, led by guitarist, composer and Efpi co-founder Anton Hunter.
19th March – A Greater Horror + Sam Andreae
They released their debut EP last year, have been hard at work composing since, and now A Greater Horror are back… They’re mostly loud but then instantaneously delicate – the overall sound is that of a post-jazz piano trio incorporating elements of free-jazz, math-rock, contemporary classical, and experimental electronics into something altogether different and altogether exciting.
Rodrigo Constanzo (keyboards), Mauricio Pauly (bass guitar), Alex Tod (drums)
Fresh from leading his project commission last month, saxophonist Sam Andreae appears again tonight but this time presenting his own solo set. Its improvised saxophone but not as you know it – Sam regularly sticks things into or onto his instrument and uses old school analogue electronics to create a soundworld that’s entirely original and always engaging. Not to be missed!
For a list of artists that we’ve had at previous seasons, click below:
If you’re interested in playing at Freedom Principle, get in touch via our contact page.