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6th Nov 11

Learning a haunting arrangement of Traumerei by Mr Mitchell, and generally just getting the house in order, testing the new 1/4 size 'cello bows, which are working a treat. London Jazz Festival in a few weeks - will be going to hear Threadgill and catch up with people!

16th Nov 11

Rehearsal with Robert Mitchell today - and road-testing the NEW TROLLEY! Pictures soon...

19th Nov 11

London Jazz Festival today! I'll be down with Robert Mitchell, Dominic Lash, Dave Kane, Mat Maneri [yes], Chris Sharkey and then off to see Henry Threadgill later. Epic day!

5th Jan 12

The recording with Gavin, Ed Jones, Dave Walsh and Steve Plews was lovely! Really looking forward to hearing that. The weather was [and still is] ridiculous, but if you're in Derby please head out to hear the wizard @[Robert Mitchell] on Friday... I'm also playing on a couple of songs!

8th Jan 12

Friday was a roast! @[Robert Mitchell], Tom Mason and Richard Spaven played brilliantly - was much, much fun. Managed to get a confirmed date for recording myself and my brothers-in-music @[Dave Kane] and @[Joshua Blackmore] - we'll be hitting the room in late March, which is later than I wanted in some ways, but it's not like we have a time-limit! I'm going to try keeping a composition log [yes, I'm writing again]: but we'll see how long that lasts...

8th Jan 12

The recording with Gavin, Ed Jones, Dave Walsh and Steve Plews was lovely! Really looking forward to hearing that. The weather was [and still is] ridiculous, but if you're in Derby please head out to hear the wizard @[Robert Mitchell] on Friday... I'm also playing on a couple of songs!

16th Apr 12

If you get chance, I'm going to be on Radio 3 tonight - they're broadcasting the set I did with @[Robert Mitchell] at London Jazz Festival! Tune in!

16th Apr 12

Friday was a roast! @[Robert Mitchell], Tom Mason and Richard Spaven played brilliantly - was much, much fun. Managed to get a confirmed date for recording myself and my brothers-in-music @[Dave Kane] and @[Joshua Blackmore] - we'll be hitting the room in late March, which is later than I wanted in some ways, but it's not like we have a time-limit! I'm going to try keeping a composition log [yes, I'm writing again]: but we'll see how long that lasts...

9th Jun 12

For me, one of the interesting things about working with people that write/play very sophisticated music is hearing the linkages and connections that new music has with older 20th Century music. I'm thinking about my experiences with people like Robert Mitchell, Alex Hawkins, Nick Malcolm, et al., who use a language that's thoroughly informed by music of the last two hundred years or so.

Immersing oneself into that sound world - checking out the whole spectrum of jazz, Webern, Ravel, Bartok, Stravinsky, Ligeti, Arnold, Weir, and so on - is as an essential part of knowing how to play these songs as it is to be able to read them [which, in my case, is not all that essential at all since I cannot read music notation].

27th Aug 12

Just dragging my head up from the Orrery to go through autumn, which has become VERY crowded as usual. After the gig with Robert, I\'m almost salivating in anticipation at a scheduled recording session with Adam Fairhall and the fantastic Paul Hession; the new album for the trio is just around the corner and a whole heap of things for next year, including a highly exciting quartet with Chris Sharkey, Mark Sanders and Andy Champion; and plans for a trip abroad...

9th Jan 13

Although I updated the score for it last week, I didn\'t talk about Bereft specifically. But today marks the anniversary of the death of the person for whom it was written.

Here are all the recorded versions: the download also includes the score, in concert and transposed versions.

oemb::http://coreymwamba.bandcamp.com/album/bereft-versions

In 2002 Bernadette Coles was killed while crossing the road after work, by someone who was driving while using a mobile phone. Because we\'d had a bit of a disagreement a few days before, I didn\'t find out until a few days later. At the time I was distraught: Bernie and I used to hang out all the time and chat on MSN [remember doing that?], and were just really good friends. She had a great effect on people and her friends and I know there are a bunch of us that still miss her - we keep in touch.

At the time I had no real way of expressing how I felt, so I wrote three songs. One of them has never been played; the other used to be played by my old quartet and once with Josh when he used to live in Derby; but Bereft was first played on 23rd February 2002, with Walt and Tracey Hague [previously Sutcliffe].

I then stopped playing it, as I found I could not play it. I felt almost detached from the meaning of the song, and thus practised it - playing the melody on the piano or singing it in quiet moments, and reading.

I re-visited it in 2007, first in January with @[Robert Mitchell] for our first ever duo gig; then in March that year for Argentum, with words written by Deborah Jordan. I don\'t remember telling anyone what the song was about: I thought it better to have people interpret it as they wished. The only thing I asked at the time was that people understood what the word \"bereft\" meant.

I hesitated playing it again, after the Argentum gig. At the time I felt I perhaps moved on. But then in 2011 I played it with Robert for the Adventures In Sound gig in November; and I felt more at home with the piece, more able to find the voice I needed to use for the song; and hearing it reminds me of Bernie but in a more positive way than previously. It is a love song, but not of the romantic nature; and it does not have to be sung.

I hope you enjoy listening/playing it as much as I do now.

9th Jan 13

If you get chance, I'm going to be on Radio 3 tonight - they're broadcasting the set I did with @[Robert Mitchell] at London Jazz Festival! Tune in!

13th Feb 13

Just up working before re-inflating tyres and going to Newcastle with @[Robert Mitchell]. His new pieces are sounding amazing at the moment and in the Voicebox it was a joy! Thanks for coming if you did.

16th Apr 13

Here\'s me, Robert and HKB FiNN on cajon at the excellent Jazz re:freshed.

5th Jun 13

Busy learning @[Robert Mitchell]'s ridiculous material for the gig in Bucharest, by listening to a choral concert he did in Southampton. Fantastic - hope a wider public gets to hear the work at some point!

5th Jun 13

For me, one of the interesting things about working with people that write/play very sophisticated music is hearing the linkages and connections that new music has with older 20th Century music. I'm thinking about my experiences with people like Robert Mitchell, Alex Hawkins, Nick Malcolm, et al., who use a language that's thoroughly informed by music of the last two hundred years or so.

Immersing oneself into that sound world - checking out the whole spectrum of jazz, Webern, Ravel, Bartok, Stravinsky, Ligeti, Arnold, Weir, and so on - is as an essential part of knowing how to play these songs as it is to be able to read them [which, in my case, is not all that essential at all since I cannot read music notation].

9th Jun 13

Beautifully clear video by Robert Laing from Splinter Jazz. The sound was great in the room and fantastic on this video. Andy and Ntshuks [who really should be recognised as a unique and masterful voice on the saxophone] are amazing on this.

3rd Jul 13

Just dragging my head up from the Orrery to go through autumn, which has become VERY crowded as usual. After the gig with Robert, I\'m almost salivating in anticipation at a scheduled recording session with Adam Fairhall and the fantastic Paul Hession; the new album for the trio is just around the corner and a whole heap of things for next year, including a highly exciting quartet with Chris Sharkey, Mark Sanders and Andy Champion; and plans for a trip abroad...

3rd Jul 13

Just got back from meeting up with Lucian Ban, after the gig in Bucharest with @[Robert Mitchell]. Audience here was lovely, really enjoyed playing with Deborah, Neil and Laurie. Such a great band! Many thanks to Alex for lending me his vibes - playing my own tomorrow in London!

1st Aug 13

@[Robert Mitchell] shared this on Twitter a few hours ago. An excellent video, with inspiring words about the internal practices of music. Watch and learn!

30th Sep 13

The bus ride into Keele is graced with @[Robert Mitchell]'s The Embrace: great song!

27th Nov 13

In other news, had a good chat with @[Robert Mitchell] yesterday. And who knows where that will lead? :)

27th Nov 13

Here's me and Robert on my "love and loss" song, Bereft: oemb::http://coreymwamba.bandcamp.com/track/bereft-2011

26th Jun 15

New gig: [LJF] Mitchell/Mwamba - http://www.coreymwamba.co.uk/gig/mitchell-1447790400

28th Oct 15

Received a bundle of learning material from @[Robert Mitchell]... some beautiful tunes for the Green Note gig!

29th Oct 15

Second @[London Jazz Festival] gig is with @[Robert Mitchell] on 14th Nov

17th Nov 15

Today!! @[Robert Mitchell] and I hit the Green Note...

18th Nov 15

Gig number four done! Great time with @[Robert Mitchell] last night; and good to hear Shane Forbes and Nat Facey too.

28th Jul 16

New gig: with Nicole Mitchell and Mark Sanders - http://www.coreymwamba.co.uk/gig/general-1473791400

16th Jun 17

Nice interview of @[Robert Mitchell] by Trish Clowes...

8th Oct 17

Great to bump into @[Robert Mitchell], @[Richard Olatunde Baker], and @[Liran Donin] at @[Marsden Jazz Festival]... if @[Rachel Musson] were here I could have done the @[LUME] commission again!

28th Feb 19

London today for the last time, at @[Jazz re:freshed] with @[Robert Mitchell], @[Rachel Musson], @[Richard Olatunde Baker] and @[Liran Donin]!

1st Mar 19

Such a good night at @[Jazz re:freshed] last night! Thanks to @[Robert Mitchell], @[Rachel Musson], @[Liran Donin], and @[Richard Olatunde Baker]; and the fantastic audience! AND to Bunny, Justin, Adam, and Gus for my present!

2nd Oct 20

Almost in London, heading to work on @[Alya Al-Sultani]'s adventurous opera "Two Sisters" over the weekend. Meeting my bros @[Dave Kane] and @[Robert Mitchell]; also with @[Charlotte Keefe], @[Alice Zawadzki], and GRANDMIXXER...

28th May 21

Happiest of birthdays to two dear friends: @[Laura Cole] and @[Robert Mitchell]!