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…
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.
After their amazing debut appearance at Ronnie’s in January, Beats & Pieces are really excited to be playing there again in a double bill with the brilliant Kairos 4tet during Ronnie’s Brit Jazz Fest. Tickets sold out last time, get yours now from here – quick!
Efpi Records is excited to be sending both of its flagship bands out across the UK (except Scotland – any promoters out there want to make a last minute booking??) from the end of May right through until the middle of July. Dates for HAQ and the Beats & Pieces Big Band are as follows:
Tuesday 25th May – Matt and Phreds (Manchester) Thursday 27th May – The Cellar Wine Vaults (Bath) Saturday 29th May – Zeffirellis (Ambleside) Sunday 30th May – Hillary Step (Manchester) Tuesday 1st June – The Wardrobe (Leeds) Wednesday 2nd June – The Others (London) Thursday 3rd June – The Yardbird (Birmingham)
Beats & Pieces Big Band
Friday 21st May - The Forge (Camden) Saturday 5th June – Groove on the Green (Liverpool) Tuesday 8th June – Dempseys (Cardiff) Wednesday 9th June – Jazzland (Swansea) Thursday 1st July – Bridgewater Hall (Manchester) Saturday 10th July – Marlborough Jazz Festival (Marlborough)
For more details check out the events listings at the right hand side of this page, the Beats & Pieces website or the facebook event pages for HAQ and Beats & Pieces. Both amazing posters have been designed by the ever wonderful Angela Guyton.
EPs for both bands are available to purchase from the Releases page – better buy yours quick as supplies of the limited edition handmade CDs are now extremely limited and will not last long once the bands head out on the road!