Thursday, October 6, 2016

Half The Sky - France & Japan

I recently had the honour of playing bassoon and soprano sax in Half the Sky at Rock In Opposition in Carmaux. Such a privilege to share a stage with Chris Cutler and Dagmar Krause as well as the rest of the band and what a challenge and joy to play Lindsay Cooper's music!

Our next dates will be Nov 30th-Dec 2nd in Tokyo.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

VÄLVĒ & other news

Lots has been happening. Firstly, many thanks to A Sweet Niche and to all who came down to Servant Jazz Quarters last night - what a fun evening! Here's a little glimpse of what we did, courtesy of Kunal of Chaos Theory...

The next VÄLVĒ gig will be 3rd August at New River Studios - it'll be a slightly different set as no Elen on harp so I'll be trying out some new stuff that I'm working on at the moment.

Knifeworld action is also in full swing. We've recently played the o2, Night of The Prog (in a beautiful Amphitheatre in Germany!) and Festival 23 in Sheffield - next stops are Supernormal and ArcTangent.

Practise is well underway for Half The Sky with Chris Cutler, Dagmar Krause and Yumi Hara - my goodness Linday Cooper's writing is complicated!!!!! Such an honour though and I'm learning so much. Can't wait for RIO!

Next up, some writing and recording for a NecroDeathMort track, more practise, more writing and then a much needed little holiday in France....

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Knifeworld album release and tour

Thing have been super busy on the Knifeworld front - our album, Bottled Out Of Eden, has come out on InsideOut Records and we had a great mini-tour culminating in a pretty out there London show at Bush Hall - many thanks to Chris of InnerStrings who filled the venue with his crazy projections. It was really quite magical and we had the honour of the wonderful Bob Drake appearing in his bear dog costume during the set!

Mel & Bob [Ashley Jones]

Bush Hall [Ashley Jones]

Monday, February 29, 2016

Half The Sky

I'm unbelievably excited and honoured to have been asked to play bassoon and soprano sax with Half The Sky at Rock In Opposition this September in France. Half The Sky preform the music of Lindsay Cooper (Henry Cow/News From Babel) and include original members Chris Cutler and Dagmar Krause.  More info as it happens!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Knifeworld album teaser

The album is finally finished and will be released 22.04.16.

Here is the album teaser as filmed by Emmett during the recording sessions in the Pyrenees last autumn...