|December 18, 2012|
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|December 18, 2012|
|December 18, 2012|
|December 17, 2012|
We’re now only a couple of weeks away from the London Jazz Festival, and once again there’s a number of Efpi artists gearing up to take part… Here’s a quick run down of some stuff to catch:
1) Beats & Pieces Big Band + Ensemble Denada – Purcell Room, Sunday 11th 3pm (info) and 7.45pm (info)
Collaboration between Beats & Pieces and Ensemble Denada from Norway, led by composer and trombonist Helge Sunde. Both bands will be playing brand new music, including some written especially for this concert – its going to be a fun one!
2) Efpi presents… Silence Blossoms + Alice Zawadzki Band – The Forge, Sunday 18th 1.30pm (info)
For the second year running we’re really pleased to be presenting an afternoon of music by Efpi artists and friends at the Forge in Camden. This year we’ve got the first ever UK gig by Silence Blossoms (launching their brand new collection of live recordings, released on November 5th) alongside the always amazing Alice Zawadzki Band (featuring Kit Downes, Alex Roth and Jon Scott). What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon… For more information on this gig check out Ben’s preview on the LondonJazz blog.
3) Trio Riot + Julie Kjær’s Cardboard Whale – Servant Jazz Quarters, Wednesday 14th 8pm (info)
This one isn’t part of the official jazz festival programme but its in London during the festival so it still counts! Trio Riot return to England following their tours in last November and earlier in 2012, ahead of their imminent new album recording… They’ll be performing with Danish saxophonist and flautist Julie Kjær’s Cardboard Whale quintet for an evening of freedom, exuberance and Scandinavian delights
Hope to see you at one (if not all!) of those gigs in London, or if you’re not based in the big smoke Trio Riot will be playing across the UK from the 8th til 13th (check listings page for venues and dates) and Silence Blossoms and Alice Zawadzki will be in Manchester at our very own Freedom Principle night on Tuesday 20th – no excuse! Keep an eye out for our very orange flyers too…
|June 3, 2012|
Tickets £20 (concessions available) – more info here
|June 2, 2012|
Gig kicks off at 4pm!
Tickets £10 – more info here
|May 24, 2012|
Beats & Pieces share the bill with the amazing Robert Glasper Experiment – not to be missed…
Tickets £17.50 + booking fee – more info and booking here
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.
Happy New Year Efpi fans!
It’s been a pretty big year of firsts for us, and as is traditional at this point, we at Efpi Towers thought we’d take stock of last year. And probably have a little sneaky peek at what’s in store in 2012 while we’re at it.
The big success story has been Beats & Pieces Big Band, their own list of firsts are more than enough to be going on with. They started the year with a debut gig at Ronnie Scott’s in London in January, supported Chick Corea and Gary Burton as part of their prize for winning the Burghausen European Young Jazz Award in March, recorded their debut live DVD at Manchester’s Band On The Wall in June, and in November they fitted in both a headline gig at the London Jazz Festival and the recording of their debut album with legendary producer Tony Platt. You can read more about Ben’s take on everything over at the band’s website.
Not wanting to be left behind, the rest of our artists have been busy too! Way back in February we released our first full-length album, ‘Walking Walking Falling’ by HAQ, which was supported by our first ever Jazz Services tour and some good reviews. The Jazz Mann blog said the album “is a fine record in it’s own right with HAQ demonstrating a distinctive sound of their own” while Time Out said “they work through evolving textural washes and noir-ish folk moods through to full on skronk. Well worth a look.”
July saw the release of the debut recording by pianist Claire James and her trio Jim Molyneux (drums) and Stewart Wilson (bass). Coupled with a successful gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival the EP ‘Lines’ also won praise from the Jazz Mann “The EP covers a lot of ground over the course of its four tracks and it is immediately clear that Claire James, in addition to her pianistic skills, is also a composer of considerable promise.” Hot on it’s heels was the debut record from Aarhus-based quartet Pink Fem. It’s an outstanding record if we do say so ourselves, have a listen over at the shop.
Most of the label’s activity was focused on November. Trio Riot led the charge with their first UK tour, incorporating our first label showcase at the London Jazz Festival with HAQ and the Claire James Trio. Sam wrote a post about it with some nice videos and everything, have a read. Not only that but Aaargh! also played in the UK for the first time, and then Switzerland for the first time too.
In amongst all the excitement, HAQ released their first collaboration with Barcelona-based sound artist Tullis Rennie, a remixes EP called ‘In Free Fall‘. Tullis has worked with Efpi before, you’ll have heard his electronic trickery on the Beats & Pieces Big Band remixes EP (which got updated recently with a new track so check it out!)
And we’ll be hitting the ground running in 2012… Trio Riot are back, supporting gaNNets (the improv-y side-project of Guillemots’ front-man Fyfe Dangerfield no less) on some of their UK tour (check listings for details) in January; Beats & Pieces Big Band release their debut full-length album in February with a host of dates around the country; and Silence Blossoms will be recording and releasing material that we can’t wait to hear!
Have a great 2012, hope to see you while we’re out and about!