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
The album is almost out! Find out what it’s about and hear some snippets here:
The Dissolute Society debut album – ‘Soldiering On’
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.
A soft touch
through silence, says so much
unspoken language, gentle hands
a soul that gives, and understands.
Solo, colla voce artisan
sprinting, ambling left right stride
So fingertips in monochrome confide.
A soul to trust
An equal, modest, one of us,
wheels and deals, commanding song
yet sings for all, a voice that’s deep and strong.
And so a smile
exchanged, and held awhile
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…
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!
WSP/Stedwin tour + The Dissolute Society debut + Spitalfields Takeover Spring Festival
I’ve just returned from a wonderful week in France and Luxembourg with the brilliant STEDWIN, who we (WorldService Project) were touring with for four shows. The highlight was the AJMI club in Avignon, a stunning venue in a stunning city. It’s an exciting time for WSP as we build towards the recording of a third album in the summer – lots of new material to get stuck in to! We’ll be taking some of it to Edinburgh and Glasgow next month, appearing at the HIDDEN DOOR festival.
WSP+Stedwin post gig in Luxembourg:
It’s been an exciting time for me personally as well in terms of creative projects – The Dissolute Society had its debut gig at the Vortex back in February, and you can hear some of the results on the new soundcloud page – check out this ‘teaser’, a sort of summary of everything that you would have heard at the gig. I’m now working on sorting gigs for the band as we work towards the recording of an album next year, so watch this space!
Some great pictures taken by Jake Walker at the gig:
Finally, my time working as a Trainee Music Leader for Spitalfields Music continues to give me the most incredible and humbling of experiences. Back in March I spent two weeks in the completely inspiring surroundings of The Cherry Trees school, in which we worked with students to produce an original takeover festival of music, dance and art. This residency was part of Spitalfields’ Takeover Spring Festival, where three different schools work with artists and animateurs to create original art and music, literally ‘taking over’ their whole school space for a day, with an audience comprising the school community and members of the public. Cherry Trees is an amazing place, a school for boys with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, and it was a real honour to work there and see how the power of music and the creative arts can transform and inspire young people in such circumstances. Something for our present and future government to take serious note of.
More information on the Spitalfields Takeover Festival and upcoming activities (including a very good-looking summer festival programme) here: http://www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk
Here’s me wearing a terrifying costume (!) and facepaint, decorating the playground floor and also performing as a street musician at The Cherry Trees festival day. More pictures here. This was an experience that I will never forget…