Monday 8 August 2022, 8pm
Its kind of like this;
Like minimal but loads more notes like video-games but with more song like jazz but much more gay like old music but more current like yummy sweet but more stick like paint but more scratch like tapestry but filthily like prayer but more loud like loud groove and more rude like fingers and faces too but somehow more smelly like smelly things cooking with more chew and change like louder prayers that groove with like stinking-hot-pink in poo-brown but even more desperate-like than that like drums and Dream Musics…
Alex Paxton / composer, trombone
Charlotte Keeffe / trumpet / flugal
David Ingamells / drums
David Zucchi / saxophones
Mike De Souza / e guitar
For amplified ensemble and loud speakers.
“In a darkish, time this music will make you smile...manic contrast-heavy... This is the most joyous sound I’ve heard in ages!” (Music for Bosch People) New York Times (U.S.A)
"A riotous overabundance of love and rage" The Wire
"Turbulent and Joyful spirit...Surfing on the crest of this exuberance is an extraordinary experience" The Wire (Music for Bosch People)
"Colourful wonder bag...glam rock - and dubstep-soaked thoroughly refreshing eclecticism...an impression of exuberant joy, real community, excessive partying and over-scumping champagne. So this Album might just be the best time imaginable!” (Music for Bosch People) Musik Texte (DE)
"Operatic game boy music played by a virtuosic motley crew that's inexplicably been hired to provide live jingles for a primetime TV show sometime in the recent past that never quite was" (Music for Bosch People) Point of Departure (U.S.A)
"Call an ambulance just in case...the naughtiest CD...it's like being tied down and tickled by a gang of nerds." (Music for Bosch People) Amazon
"Incipient saviour of difficult listening...Formidable virtuosity." (Music for Bosch People) Positionen (DE)
"Feels like an evacuation of something fundamental and urgent...bleeding chunks of something greater than sum of their parts; a compositional outpouring that started its inexorable flow sometime ago and will surely continue on over after the neat boundaries of a mere CD's runtime have been met” (Music for Bosch People) TEMPO magazine
"Really rich, varied, dense, maximalist, fun, joyful and unafraid." (Music for Bosch People) Gaudeamus Festival Composition Prize
"Paxton is a system-crasher of genre, who merges jamming video game soundtracks, musical overtures, virtuoso chamber music and jazz improv into an unmistakable style...highly complex, sophisticated and extremely entertaining, virtuoso ad absurdum" (Music for Bosch People) Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik
“cutting-edge neo-classical with more than a touch of downtown New York-style jazz improvisation and, what’s more, it’s tremendous fun" LondonJazzNews
“music of surprising energy complexity and wildness- its wild energy cannot but move - imagination never wavers - quite amazing!” Planet Hugill
Alex Paxton is a composer & improvising-trombonist based in the UK."A riotous overabundance of love and rage..an extraordinary experience” The Wire .He was elected to the 9thInternational Composition SeminarwithEnsemble Modern, won anIvor Novello Award(multiple other nominations),RPS Composition Prize,Dankworth Jazz Prize,Leverhume Art Prize, HarrietCohen Award, as well as represented in the Orchestral section of theISCM and Gaudiamus Prize 2022."This is what an orchestra can be like in the 21st century: an ensemble that speaks with one voice yet also gives voice to each of its members" The Times. He is a commissioned contributor to John Zorn’s Arcana X 2021.His albums to date: MUSIC for BOSCH PEOPLE released to critical acclaim in 2021 upcoming realises include HAPPY MUSIC for ORCHESTRA & ILOLLI-POP. On labels including Birmingham Record Company, NMC, Delphian, Non-classical, Listen Pony, Everest records.“This is the most joyous sound I’ve heard in ages!”New York Times
He has performed his music as a soloist with leading orchestras: Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra , Royal National Scottish Orchestra & Ensemble x.y. Further works include pieces for, London Symphony Orchestra AskSchöenberg, Ensemble Klang, Riot Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, Wigmore Hall, Explore ensemble, London London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kammer Klang, BSO, Psappa, BBCproms, NYO and NYJO. “Paxton is a system-crasher of genre, stylish wit and sophistication and extremely entertaining…virtuouso ad absurdum.” Musikderzeit Schott. Music theatre works include 6 operas hosted by English National Opera, Helios Colective, Tête à Tête Festival."highly innovative...of exceptional creative imagination and musical energy, packed with life force unlike anything else” Ivor Novello Composer Awards Winner.
British musician, trumpeter/flugelhorn player Charlotte Keeffe’s passion for free improvisation, jazz and experimental music-making sees her performing regularly as a soloist and leading a variety of different ensembles, including her own Quartet.
(The) Charlotte Keeffe Quartet (CKQ) performed a sellout performance at Lancaster Jazz Festival in 2019 and their live recording from Jazz in the Round has been featured on radio shows around the world. Her Quartet is Ashley John Long (Paul Dunmall collaborator) on double bass, Ben Handysides on drums, Moss Freed (Let Spin) on guitar and herself on trumpet and flugelhorn; they explore merging together Charlotte’s more composed music with freely improvising.
Fresh from playing London’s Café OTO, Newcastle, Birmingham, Sheffield and the London Jazz Festival; CKQ are delighted to be continuing their UK tour in 2022, celebrating the release of Charlotte’s debut album, Right Here, Right Now, which features a selection of her improvised works for solo, duo, quartet and (the) London Improvisers Orchestra, it’s out now on the Discus Music record label...[more]
Based in London, David performs regularly at all the major jazz venues in the UK, and has performed abroad in Denmark, Ireland, and Spain. He is the drummer for Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three, Brandon Allen’s The Stanley Turrentine Project, and Helena Kay’s KIM Trio.
Recent highlights include UK tours with Brandon Allen (2022), Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three (2019), Helena Kay’s KIM Trio (2018), Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio (2017, 2018). His discography includes Finding Home (Kate Williams), Moon Palace (Helena Kay’s KIM Trio), and an original score for Liars & Cheats (2018; dir. Jacob Migicovsky).
Praised for his “urgently visceral” playing (TEMPO), London-based Canadian saxophonist David Zucchi enjoys a varied career as a performer of classical, contemporary, experimental, and improvised music, collaborating regularly across the UK, Europe, and Canada. Recent appearances as a soloist and chamber musician include the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, London Contemporary Music Festival, Sounds Like This! Festival (Leeds), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Vale de Cambra Music Festival (Portugal), the Glenn Gould Studio, and the Canadian High Commission in London. In 2021, he was awarded the Lorna Viol Memorial Prize from the Royal Overseas League Competition for Most Outstanding Musician from Overseas.
David collaborates regularly with accordionist Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade (as the Mikeleiz-Zucchi Duo, winners of the 2021 ROSL Mixed Ensemble Prize), soprano Patricia Auchterlonie (as Honkus), Syzygy, Alex Paxton’s Dream Musics (“The most joyous sound I’ve heard in ages” – New York Times), Ian Wadley (as Yesterday Shelf), Wynton Guess, and Ross K. He has been featured by Nonclassical, the Composers Platform, Daylight Music (Union Chapel) and the Royal Overseas League, appears on recordings from NMC and Birmingham Record Company, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM’s The News Agents.
With a keen interest in the performance of contemporary and experimental music, David has premiered and been the dedicatee of many works by emerging and established composers, including Alex Paxton, Adam Sherkin, Brian Elias, Caroline Bordignon, Christopher Fox, Michael Hughes, Paolo Griffin, and Piyawat Louillarpprasert. He has appeared with leading UK contemporary music ensembles including Ensemble x.y, Explore Ensemble, and An assembly.
He has given workshops and masterclasses in the UK and Canada, most recently at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he lectured on the performance of contemporary music, and has delivered sessions on professional skills at the Royal College of Music.
Mike De Souza grew up in Hertfordshire (UK), where he first picked up the guitar at the age of 12, marking the start of a life-long obsession with music. His professional career began at the age of 20, and he has now completed 5 UK jazz tours, has performed festivals internationally in Krakow (Jazz Juniors 2021) and in Graz (Jazzwerkstatt 2017), and has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs including Ronnie Scott’s, and Pizza Express, to name a few.
Since moving to London in 2012, he has worked with internationally renowned musicians including Terence Blanchard (2016), Martin Speake, and Byron Wallen, and has featured on numerous recordings as a side-man: Times Leap (Simon Read Octet), Reflector (Twospeak), Beware of the Bear (Phil Meadows), and Music for Bosch People (Alex Paxton).
In 2017, he co-released the album Pond Life as part of the group Big Bad Wolf, which was ranked 3rd in Jazzwise Magazine’s top 10 albums of the year, and received many positive reviews: “The title track affirms how inventively the quartet juggle tone colour, constantly renewing sub-themes, and subtly shifting grooves” - John Fordham, The Guardian.
As a leader, Mike has released 2 recordings to date: an EP entitled ‘Road Fork’(2018), and his debut album ‘Slow Burn’(2019). “Slow Burn is an impressive show of musical innovation and displays the guitarist’s knack for experimentation as well as his roots in jazz tradition” - All About Jazz.
Currently, Mike leads his new project ‘Chrysalis’ performing original music composed during the pandemic. The band name hints at the emergence from a state of isolation, having changed in some positive way, just as a butterfly emerges transformed from it’s chrysalis state. The band features some of the most distinctive improvisers on the London Jazz scene including Alec Harper (Sax), Rupert Cox (Keys), Huw V Williams (Bass) and Jay Davis (Drums).