“A triumph…brave, original music” – thejazzmann.com
“A heartfelt bravura album from Raphael Clarkson and his collaborators, charting a journey from a dense emotional chaos out of which there finally emerges a joyful and passionate sense of deliverance” – John Potter
The Dissolute Society explores Raph’s interests in contemporary improvisation, European jazz, 20th century classical music, poetry, spoken word, song, and soulful grooves, as well as original arrangements of music by Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor.
These varied elements are brought together through a highly personal and expressive narrative, exploring themes of family history, grief, friendship and hope.
The ensemble’s first performance took place at The Vortex Jazz Club in February 2015; they visited the club again to close that year’s London Jazz Festival in front of a packed house, and were joined by special guest Huw Warren (piano) to pay tribute to the late, great John Taylor. Huw features on the ensemble’s recently recorded debut album Soldiering On (to be released on Babel Label in Spring 2017), alongside fellow guests Mia Marlen Berg and Joshua Idehen (vocals) and Mike Soper (trumpet).
The Dissolute Society is: Fini Bearman (voice), Naomi Burrell (violin), Zosia Jagodzinska (cello), Gustav Clarkson (viola), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Raph Clarkson (trombone, vocals), Phil Merriman (keys, synth bass) and Simon Roth (drums).
Photos (by Tim Ower) from the recent album recording at The Fish Factory studio:
Review of the 2015 London Jazz Festival show by Ian Mann:
The band has also been getting involved in community projects, which thus far have included:
- – a workshop and performance at The Latymer School, Edmonton
- – a residency working with children in the general paediatric short stay unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, creating songs and instrumental music later performed by the full ensemble
- – a series of creative sessions followed by a performance with children that have emotional and behavioural difficulties, as well as special educational needs, at Sulivan Primary School in Parsons Green; four children created their own compositions during one-on-one sessions with Raph, later workshopping and performing them with the Dissolute Society in a special school concert.
A sonic taste (!):