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!
Reprising the programme from an Efpi-presented gig at The Forge in Camden during the London Jazz Festival, tonight sees two bands that both draw heavily from stories and poems in their performances – literature and music combine to intensely powerful effect.
Freedom Principle favourite Alice Zawadzki returns with her songs of life, love and people, told through languages deeply rooted in jazz, folk, free improvisation and more. As the always excellent LondonJazz blog’s Sebastien Scotney described a recent gig – “Olivier Messiaen meets Jimmy McGriff. Hell yes. Chill-out lounge to dance floor. Walk this way…”. Also appearing are Stockholm-based Silence Blossoms, on their first set of UK gigs and launching a collection of live recordings on Efpi Records taken from recent tours of Scandinavia. They take contemporary poetry and mix it with their own blend of free improvisation and electronic-twinged folk to create something of immense beauty and power.
Its that time of year again – back to school, heating is going back on and the Christmas biscuits are in the shops… But never fear because to ease the mourning for the loss of summer we have a ridiculously exciting Freedom Principle Autumn season for you! For the first time, every gig is a double bill so there’ll be twice the music – but all for the same price of £3. Don’t forget that 100% of that £3 goes straight to the musicians, so please continue to support them by coming along to Sandbar for great music and great beer!
Perhaps the headline-grabbing gig is the Mercury Prize nominated and Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson championed Roller Trio, appearing on 6th November alongside a new electric project from Beats & Pieces saxophonist Ben Watte, but we’re equally excited about a meeting of Mancunian guitar heroes Mike Walker and Stuart McCallum on 16th October and a journey into the unknown on 2nd October with improvised sets from vibraphonist Corey Mwamba‘s trio with Dave Kane and Joshua Blackmore, and Trio VD and Acoustic Ladyland’s Chris Sharkey. The programme is completed by gigs from French-born guitarist Hugo Corbin and his trio alongside The Horizon Experiment, a brand new band led by drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jim Molyneux, on 25th September; a return for Freedom Principle favourite Alice Zawadzki alongside Stockholm-based Silence Blossoms (led by Efpi’s Sam Andreae) on their first set of UK gigs on 20th November; and a Christmas extravaganza on 4th December from Freedom Principle’s very own Anton Hunter and his trio alongside the Madwort Sax Quartet from London, formed by Tom Ward and featuring Led Bib’s Chris Williams.
Full line up below along with some audio and visual delights to whet your appetite:
We’re delighted to welcome back to Sandbar Alice Zawadzki who will present a variety of vocal-led tracks taken from a mixture of sources – songs from Ghana, Poland, and Greece as well as Alice’s own stunning originals. And her band’s not bad either…
Alice Zawadzki – vocals/violin
Stuart McCallum – guitar
Pete Turner – bass
Dave Walsh – drums
Rosie Toll – cello/backing vocals/percussion
Realy excited about the first Freedom Principle of 2012 TONIGHT, featuring a welcome return for Sandbar favourites GoGo Penguin… For a taste of what to expect check out this video of them performing at the Manchester Jazz Festival last year.
We’ve got an amazing lineup for the rest of the spring season up until Easter, possibly our best ever? But then we seem to be saying that every season, thanks very much for your continued support! Here’s the dates:
17th January – GoGo Penguin
7th February – Mercury Quartet
21st February – Alice Zawadzki
6th March – Adam Fairhall Trio
20th March – Christian Fields Trio
Check out the Freedom Principle page for more details on the artists and the night itself, and if you want to receive exceptionally friendly reminders about the gigs straight to your inbox sign up to our mailing list here – just make sure you tick the Freedom Principle box.
If you’re wondering what the vibe is at Sandbar, check out this amazing video from one of our standout gigs of 2011 of the amazing WorldService Project literally making the earth move – look at the pint glasses!!
Big band double bill in West Didsbury! We’ll be performing a set before heading down to London to begin our tour in Camden, and after us the amazing singer and violinist Alice Zawadzki will debut her brilliant new band, the 18 piece Sky Project (directed by Jo McCallum). Also performing will be the Sam Rapley/Adam Chatterton Quartet.
Free entry although donations towards the running costs of both bands will be gratefully accepted!