It’s been great to get back on stage recently with Alvorada – our first gigs in months!
We played at Magpie’s Nest Festival, run by Nest Collective, on a beautiful day in early June. Then last night, we returned to a newly re-fitted Harrison Pub, for a joyful evening with a delightfully energetic audience.
The album features my own compositions (plus one arrangement of a contemporary Brazilian song). I play tenor sax throughout, alongside the wonderful Joe Auckland (trumpet), Rob Updegraff (guitar), Dave Manington (double bass) and Simon Roth (drums).
The beautiful design for the album was created by Max Franosch. I’m delighted with how it came out looking, and think the expressive imagery is perfectly in keeping with the music.
I was really touched by all the contributions and messages from everyone who supported the crowdfunding campaign for ‘Song Unsung’.
The campaign was a success, raising £2525 towards the costs of the album, and have made possible the commission of an exciting video animation to go with the title track.
Aware that many musicians are continuing to struggle as a result of the pandemic, and that my situation is pretty fortunate, I also decided to donate £200 from the proceeds to Help Musicians, a charity which supports musicians who are in difficulty.
I’m starting to send out rewards to supporters imminently, so you’ll be able to hear it very soon!
March 29th – London Vocal Project @ Pizza Express, Soho March 29th – Roda de choro @ The Harrison, Kings Cross April 3rd – Alvorada @ The Post, Seven Sisters April 9th – Alvorada @ Future Inn, Bristol April 10th – Alvorada @ Royal Festival Hall Central Bar, Southbank May 19th – Alvorada & Luciana Rabello @ Pizza Express, Holborn June 7th – Alvorada @ Florence Works, Islington June 12th – Alvorada @ Fleece Jazz, Colchester August 7th-31st – Showstopper @ Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Festival August 12th – Alvorada @ Lake District Summer Music International Festival August 13th – Alvorada @ The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell September 6th – Alvorada @ London Folk Festival, Cecil Sharp House, Camden
Our “fifth Sunday of the month” roda de choro residency at The Harrison continues this Sunday June 30th. All welcome to join to play, hang, listen, drink, and experience the joy of a traditional roda de choro.
Looking forward to a set this coming Fri 21st June with Cléa Thomasset. We’ll be performing with the house band, playing a mixture of Cléa’s originals, some choro and other Brazilian repertoire, and contemporary jazz by the likes of Magic Malik. Should be great. Followed by a jam session afterwards.
This Sunday 16th June is a special gig for London Vocal Project. We’ll be taking part in a special concert called The Many Voices of Eve, in a collaboration with The Printmakers. The concert will feature Nikki Iles and Norma Winstone, and will focus particularly on female songwriters, lyricists and poets. Nikki has written some new music especially for the occasion, which we have been working on for a couple of months. It is gorgeous music which I’ve fallen in love with, it’s really exciting to be performing it this weekend.
We’ll also be doing a pop-up a capella set in the foyer before the main concert. This will feature music by female singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Tori Amos and Kate Bush, in some new arrangements by Brendan Dowse. The free pop-up set is at 7pm, and the main concert begins at 8pm.