Entries for Aug 2012
Just received a message from this really talented photographer from Nottingham, who took pictures of me at the New Art Exchange Mela. Lovely, crisp images!
SCHMAZZ and Jazz North East are two cornerstones of presenting high quality jazz and contemporary creative music in Britain and Ireland, all through year. It's run by volunteers [as most jazz organisation are] and with a considerably smaller subsidy than some organisations I can think of who do work in smaller and more affluent areas.
Their loss would affect the whole area and many many musicians on the scene. So this short press release can only be seen as great news. Let's hope it can continue...
young turk -> up-and-coming -> EMERGING -> youthful -> underrated -> veteran -> deceased -> brilliant -> genius -> lucrative
My goodness. A few days' silence as I had to do a bit of a re-write for the site. It was all back-end stuff and some code tidying, including moving the signing-in link to the top right and only having it appear when where appropriate. Remember, you don't have to sign up to comment on my site—check the help pages for more information.
What a great evening in Cromford yesterday! Packed, some great artwork—and quite a few young children really listening to the music. Rachael Pinks and Clay Smith did a fantastic job of organising the event—here's to more!
Sad, sad day: setting my old vibes, The Beast for the last time. I've sold it on to a band called Haiku Salut, who I think will look after it. But just played it for a bit to test... didn't cry, but had to clear my throat a bit.
P.S.: If you'd like to read about the instrument's retirement, there is a zine...
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...
Bearing this in mind today:
There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law. I love music passionately. And because l love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. It is a free art gushing forth—an open-air art, boundless as the elements, the wind, the sky, the sea. It must never be shut in and become an academic art. ~ Claude Debussy
So. Which of you knew that you couldn't sign in using Internet Explorer because the site design broke in it, eh? It's only after seeing it in what's supposed to be a modern version  that I realised how much of a mess it makes.
But this should now be fixed to an extent: other better-behaved browsers are not affected.