Things seem to be loosening up a bit but certainly not getting anywhere near “normal”. I’m pleased to say The Coltrane Dedication have started realising gigs – We’re manipulating facilities to hold a gig on 28/7 behind the Queens Head, Monmouth, the spiritual home of jazz in S.E. Wales, and tip our hats to Stephen Fraser Moore a great supporter of the band in previous years. The ‘Dedication are also playing at Fishguard Jazz Festival on August 28th which is our first festival gig for 2 years. Finally we’re returning to the Nave at St Nicholas’ in Grosmont VIllage on the 18th September – a wonderful space which we all really enjoy playing at. Wow!
… and a new project
Very pleased to announce the first performance of “”arwyddion ffyrdd Cymru/Welsh Road signs” by the new trio, “LMnO”. This is a free form group comprising of Ashley John Long, Steve Moyes and myself using Welsh road signs as inspiration for improvising. The audience can change the road signs at any time and thus curate the improvisations to some extent. First performance will be at 1pm Saturday 28th August at the West Wales Arts Centre (Peppers) as part of the Fishguard Jazz Festival. Checkout the Aberjazz websiteEira/Snow Tour Dates & Tickets Coltrane Dedication Tour Dates & Tickets LMnO Tour Dates & Tickets
Some fun events in the past …
The Kitchen Singers. Handel’s “Messiah” in St Nicholas Church, Grosmont Saturday 21st December 2019, 7.30pm. Supporting the true community spirit of Grosmont village, Monmouthshire, and their ambitious production of Handel's Messiah. They asked me if I could play trumpet. A resounding 'no' but I'm doing it on Soprano Saxophone along with harpsichord and string quartet.
BBC Radio 3 "Music Matters" - Interview about Cornelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra Saturday 26th October 2019 After the performance of "The Great Learning:Paragraph 3" at the "Voices of Monmouth - Together" event on Thursday 24th October, Lyndon Owen and Caractacus Downes are interviewed by Kate Molleson as part of their piece about the 50th Anniversary of the Scratch Orchestra.
Voice of Monmouth - Together / Lleisiau Mynwy - Gyda'n Gilydd St Mary's Church, Monmouth Thursday October 24 2019 "The Great Learning:Paragraph 3" Cornelius Cardew and a new piece by Ashley John Long. Music in Monmouth are hosting an event which brings together numerous singing and playing groups from the Monmouth community resulting in an 80 strong choir and an Orchestra of 20 double basses to join in a truly communal event. The event will be jointly conducted by Caractacus Downes (Choir) and Lyndon Owen (Orchestra). Several Guest performers will be appearing. www.musicinmonmouth.com
Green Man Festival, Nr. Crughywel SOLD OUT Sunday August 18 2019 Maurice El Medioni - film and music Eclectic Films will be showing a new film 'Maurice El Medioni', and celebrating all that is Middle Eastern Jazz with a specially devised set from world jazz multi-instrumentalists Eira\Snow.
Latitude Festival, Henham Park near Southwold Friday 19th July 2019 The Lavish Lounge BBC3 stage DJ Max Reinhardt (BBC Radio3 Late Junction presenter) laying down world beats with Lyndon Owen, Caractacus Downes, Sheema Mukerjee and friends.
Latitude Festival, Henham Park near Southwold Thursday 18th July 2019 Lavish Lounge Screen Playing improvised soundtracks to Ingmar Bergman's "Persona" (1966) and Luis Bunuel's "Belle de Jour" (1967) with the Instant Scorechestra with Sheema Mukherjee (Sitar & Bass) Sarah Nicolls (prepared and unprepared piano)