RESOLUTE album out this week

Saturday 20th April, 2019

The self-titled RESOLUTE album is out this week! Born from the Dissolute Society, this project focusses on the relationship between the spoken word and improvised music, featuring writer and vocalist Gboyega Odubanjo, plus myself, and Phil Merriman and Simon Roth from the Dissolute Society. You can listen and download here:

https://babel-label.bandcamp.com/album/resolute

And from the 26th April, you can order the limited edition Vinyl with artwork by Aurelie Freoua…. get involved!!!

Upcoming album releases – The Dissolute Society and WorldService Project

Friday 2nd March, 2018

After a long, long wait, the super-official, universe-wide, ultimate release of The Dissolute Society’s debut album Soldiering On has been set for the 11th May 2018!!! You can hear one of the smaller formations of the band at the Clapham Omnibus Theatre on April 6th, featuring myself, Huw Warren and Zosia Jagodzinska; the full ensemble launches the album at the same venue on June 1st. Check out the new band website here for more details: http://thedissolutesociety.com

Also out very soon is the fourth album from WorldService Project, which we recorded last October, and like The Dissolute Society album, was produced by the one and only Liran Donin. It’s called Serve and is out on May 2nd 2018 – you can hear us perform across the country through April and May: http://www.worldserviceproject.co.uk

Dissolute Society – ‘Soldiering On’ Album Release

Thursday 11th May, 2017

The album is almost out! Find out what it’s about and hear some snippets here:

http://www.londonjazznews.com/2017/05/podcast-interview-trombonist-raph.html

The Dissolute Society debut album – ‘Soldiering On’

Thursday 19th January, 2017

I am delighted to announce that our debut album will be released on Babel Label in May 2017! Our launch gig will be at The Vortex on May 12th. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some words that feature on the album, for the late, great John Taylor, to whom the record is dedicated.

For J.T.

A soft touch

through silence, says so much

Musician

unspoken language, gentle hands

a soul that gives, and understands.

…….

Humble man

Solo, colla voce artisan

Magician

sprinting, ambling left right stride

So fingertips in monochrome confide.

……….

A soul to trust

An equal, modest, one of us,

Patrician,

wheels and deals, commanding song

yet sings for all, a voice that’s deep and strong.

……….

And so a smile

exchanged, and held awhile

Physician,

healing hearts through quiet noise

meditations offered, joy.

And through sharp-haze memory are secrets painted

a shimmering canvas, its touch anticipated

a life complete, but so much more to find,

to offer; to himself, to unknown ears and minds

humble, giving, magic musician.

Summer 2015 – Spitalfields, ETO, WSP, London Jazz Fest…

Thursday 9th July, 2015

What a wonderful summer it’s been so far! I’ve been lucky enough to work on an exciting mixture of creative community projects as well as some really fun performing work. My adventure as a Spitalfields Music trainee music leader is coming to a close, following a project at Phoenix School in Bow working with young autistic children, and the inspiring Sam Chaplin and Abimaro Gunnell leading. Outstanding creative musicians in their own right, they led a joyful project exploring ‘journeys in our imagination’. What a pleasure it was to assist them, with a chance to hone my gospel-soul-groove based keys playing! More recently I’ve just completed a project designed and delivered by trainee leaders – myself, vocalist Amy Doyley and cellist Miriam Wakeling. We’ve been exploring pirates with a lovely year 3 class at St Mathias school in Brick Lane – specifically a pirate seeking forgiveness!

I’ve also had the opportunity to work on two outstanding English Touring Opera community projects – one an opera created with and by a group of older people suffering from early onset dementia, their carers and their partners, in the stunning surroundings of Dulwich Picture Gallery; the other, an opera created with and by a group of Lambeth schoolchildren from four different primaries, performed at the OvalHouse Theatre, called ‘Sting in the Tale’, based on Aesop’s fables.. Enormous thanks to Tim Yealland, who does incredible work putting all these projects together and directing them for ETO, and Llewellyn Ap Myrddin, Rachel Leach (composers) Tim Burke (musical director and arranger), Sue Moore, Abigail Gostick (vocalists) and RN Prakash (Miridangam) – a marvellous range of very talented practitioners who were a pleasure to work with.

Playing wise I’ve been lucky to play with some excellent Salsa bands – Roberto Pla’s Latin Ensemble, and Manteca – as well as continuing to get my ska on (as much as an awkward dancer like me can) with The Dualers. Tickets available for our show at the Indigo 02 in November! I also really enjoyed a short tour playing with WorldService Project, sharing the bill with experimental rockers Schnellertollermeier from Switzerland. WSP will be recording our third album in September before undertaking a trip to China in October.

I can also reveal that my ensemble The Dissolute Society are performing at the Vortex for the London Jazz Festival on 22nd November, with the legendary John Taylor guesting on piano. You can already order tickets! Here… I’m already very excited about this. Hope to see you there!