Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Summer Gubbins and Autumnal News

Dear all,

I've had a splendid summer of playing, some evidence of which has found its way online, so I thought I'd share...

I had the pleasure of playing 2 duo sessions with fantastic pianist Stephen Grew up in Lancaster, a piece from one of which is here:

I also played a duo set with guitarist John Jasnoch at the monthly 'Notes & Tones' gig at The Red Deer in Sheffield.  Here are two miniatures:  

Phil Morton, Phil Lucking and I spent a very enjoyable five days at Just So Festival in Alsager, collaborating with dancers from the Cheshire Dance company as part of their production 'The Dancing Games'.  Some photos of one of the performances have been posted HERE, and in case you were wondering what the two Phils and I sound like together, this is us playing at Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool earlier this year: 

I had a great gig in Essex with Tony Bianco's Utoma Quartet, the first time we've played since recording the CD which is now out on FMR.  The gig was filmed so I guess that might emerge at some point, in the meantime here's a track from the album: 

Twelves played a couple of very nice gigs as well, at the Vortex in Dalston and at Manchester Jazz Festival - neither of these were recorded or anything but I can assure they were splendid. The new record is being mixed this month, it should appear in January(ish) 

I expect some footage from the July Centrifuge gig will appear soon, will post when it does... In the meantime there's a lovely photo feed HERE

Also, do keep an eye out for Blank Canvas gigs (which I'm now co-curating with Phil Morton) in September 21st (ABC Trio and Paul Pignon solo) and November 30th (Ripsaw Catfish plus myself and Johnny Hunter) at the Ship & Mitre, Liverpool. Links to follow. 


M x

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Killed In Cars Pt 2

Hi all,

My second attempt at writing about music is here:

This time it's about a set of archive recordings from the Seoul-based Relay collective (plus guests) and the South Korean noise scene in general - not a group of people I knew much about before starting this piece, so it's been really interesting to find out.

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Killed In Cars


My first attempt at writing a piece about a record - 'Community of Commotion' by Chuck Bettis & Friends - can be read at the Killed In Cars blog here:

I'm quite happy with it. 

Back on the doing music front - the trio with Andrew Cheetham and Seth Bennett is creaking into action, as is Tony Bianco's Utoma Quartet - new record out soon on FMR and gig in July - and the duo with Phil Morton is really starting to go somewhere quite strange.  

The Diary and Groups pages have been updated as well, have a looky. 

More soon no doubt!

Sunday, 2 February 2014


Just a quick post to say that there are some up to date recordings from improv gigs up north in the last few months - the majority of these are from gigs organised by the Frakture network who have made me feel most welcome in the windy north :) 

Some bits of news as well - Twelves are halfway through recording their next CD for Babel which all being well should appear in the Autumn; Outliers, a loose group of Liverpool-based improvisers associated with aforementioned Frakture network, are starting a monthly gig in April; and there are new groups starting up including a duo with John Jasnoch, and 'Happentrio' with Stephen Grew and Tony Bianco - more soon!