This week, the full programme of the EFG London Jazz Festival was launched and I’m incredibly excited to be invited to take part in a collaboration between EFG LJF and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Something Resembling Truth is a major retrospective of the work of Jasper Johns which will feature over 150 paintings, drawings and sculptures that spans six decades.
Visualising Music is an event that will explore the graphic score, and the relationship Johns had with composer John Cage. I’m one of two improviser/composers taking part, the other being the gloriously talented Raymond MacDonald. We’ll be joined by a group of musicians from Club Inegales. There will be live music as well as discussion.
Next week is the private opening of the exhibition and it’s the first chance I’ll have to see all of the works. Then, I’ll start work on developing some new graphic scores in response to the works as well as footage, interviews and literature about Johns and Cage.
When something is new to us, we treat it as an experience. We feel that our senses are awake and clear. We are alive.
In addition to this, I’m also part of the 25 for 25 commissioning project, generating 25 new works in celebration of 25 years of the jazz festival.
I’ll be using this site to document the progress of the project so stay tuned…
EFG London Jazz Festival 2017
Something Resembling Truth: Jasper Johns at Royal Academy of Arts
It feels great to hold in my hand a copy of the Deep Tide Quartet album, which was released worldwide on August 1st on Discus Music.
We recorded this double album over two days at Chairworks (I talked about one of my compositions which is included on the album here – Arundel) back in May so it’s been a very quick process from recording to release.
The music is a mixture of composed pieces and improvisations. The composed material includes traditionally notated music as well as some graphic scores and improvisations based on a series of photographs. We listened to the first disc in the car on Wednesday as we travelled through to Manchester and I’m very pleased with the way it’s been recorded. Laura, Walt and Martin sound extraordinary and there are some very special moments.
The art work is by Gonzalo Fuentes and is a painting called Headphone Calisthenics.
(If you’re wondering what the title refers to, See One Do One Teach One is a term used in medicine, nursing and midwifery that describes how practitioners acquire new skills…)
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!
Discus Music – See One, Do One, Teach One (you can listen to some full tracks here as well as buy the album)
Family Band Public Service Announcement from Kim Macari on Vimeo.
Tom and I took to the streets of central London to make this little video to spread the word of our next Family Band gig at Manchester Jazz Festival on August 2nd at Matt & Phreds and to give people a taste of what they can expect from one of our shows…
The music is the title track from our upcoming album, Board of Origin.