My good friend and frequent collaborator Dave Mountain has opened a recording studio in Dulwich! Relaxed vibe, top equipment and some very talented engineers on board. Perfect for smaller-scale recording projects.
Tomorrow, if you're free, come down to the Dublin Castle (in Camden, not in Dublin) to hear my first gig with Chris McDonald. Been working on some string arrangements, and we're going to have a quartet playing with the normal 5-piece band... pretty mega. Doors 7:45.
Lovely album launch party at the Grain Barge in Bristol with the Rivers of England yesterday. A special bassy string quartet for the occassion- viola, 2 cellos and a double bass! Album is out and tracks are up on their site to listen to.
Another great workshop today on my forthcoming opera, Just So. Top Bb sung by Katie Bird is my new favourite note!
Things gearing up nicely for its first performance in August at Tête à Tête festival - watch this space!
Have enjoyed working with Filiz Ozcan and her fantastic cast on New Vic Borderlines' production 'The Cost of Living'. It's a community theatre piece based on knife crime and gang culture in Stoke-On-Trent, and is currently touring local schools.
Some powerful documentary audio footage, from real-life prisoners and victims, was integrated into the score. Examples here.
Announcement For Night Owls:
My Radio 1 debut happens tonight! I'm on a couple of Clean Bandit songs that we recorded last month.
We're on the Huw Stephens show, between midnight and 2am.
We'll also be on listen again for a week: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/
_After three years of development, the ball is finally rolling with Just So! Had a fantastic workshop last night with Dionysios Kyropoulos, Becca Gibson and Elspeth Wilkes, and the Whale/Fish duet sounded superb.
Further workshops and hopefully a summer performance to follow....
Playing with Khiyo this saturday at the King's Head in Crouch End - featuring the amazing Sohini Alam. Considering the other acts, it should be a magical night... starts at 8, we're on second.
"Khiyo is a band that gives Bengali heritage music a modern acoustic sound... The band is named Khiyo after a letter of the Bengali alphabet. It is a unique letter that, whilst being a combination of two letters, has an identity of its own. Similarly, though the band members have backgrounds that include Western classical, rock, jazz, blues, Nazrul Sangeet, Bengali folk and Indian classical, the amalgamation of the whole has a singularly identifiable sound"
Looking forward to this Saturday's gig with the wonderful Beth Porter and the Availables at the North London Tavern in Kilburn. Doors open at 7:30, and we're on 3rd, but come early to see the amazing Hyperpotomus and his array of machines
Off to Maida Vale to record a radio session with Clean Bandit. Will be going out on a Huw Stephens show later this month.
Should have got my bow rehaired...