On Saturday 21st of September this year (2013), Kit Downes will be performing with his Quintet at King’s Place near King’s Cross at 8pm. I mixed an album for them earlier this year (Light from Old Stars), from which they will be performing material.
Also, as part of the same show, I will be appearing with Kit and Cellist Lucy Railton, performing material from the Tricko Tareco EP also released at the beginning of 2013.
Hear music from The Kit Downes Quintet here:
And music from Tricko Tareco:
I have engineered an EP for Chris Hyson & Kit Downes. It comprises of 6 original pieces by Chris Hyson, performed by Kit Downes, and recorded on the spectacular Fazioli F278 piano at Field Gate Studios.
Available on iTunes, Bandcamp and CD Baby. Bandcamp has an option for CD-quality FLAC, Apple Lossless and WAV quality.
Little Moon Man – Chris Hyson
This week I have been mostly….
… assistant engineering with Kairos 4tet at Real World Studios in Box near Bath.
Beautiful studio, even more beautiful surroundings and great music. The engineer is Patrick Philips (a resident engineer at Real World), with the band joined by producer Jules Buckley, singers Marc O’Reilly and Amelia Mårtensson. The band comprises of Phronesis members Ivo Neame, Jasper Høiby, drummer Jon Scott, and front-man, writer and saxophonist Adam Waldmann.
Real World Studios really is an amazing space. Superb acoustics with every microphone and instrument possible, and great catering & accomodation. The right atmosphere for a very mouldable environment for musical inspiration.
The record will be released in June on the Naim label.
In the last two months, I have finished mixing and mastering the new studio album from the Kit Downes Quintet, titled ‘Light From Old Stars’. The album will be released on the excellent Basho label and should be arriving within the coming months.
The album features Kit Downes on Piano, James Maddren on Drums, Calum Gourlay on Bass, James Allsopp on Clarinets/Saxophones, and Lucy Railton on Cello, with all-original compositions by Kit.
Album opener ‘Wander and Colossus’:
Last year I attended Brecon Jazz Festival with the initial premise of recording music from the Kit Downes Quintet and Huw Warren World Wide Wales (with Peter Herbert and Thomas Strønen), although this extended to other acts including Food (with Iain Ballamy and Strønen).
I attended with a lightweight recording rig (my own gear, compromising of a Yamaha 01V96, RME Fireface 800, Apple laptop running Reaper, Beyerdynamic DT770 headphones and a bunch of mics on loan, including Neumann, Calrec, Sony, Beyerdynamic and AKG).
I’d like to mention how great the support from and interaction with Orchard Entertainment turned out to be, who ran the festival for the first time in 2012.
I kept my setup entirely independent from the PA, a luxury not often afforded in location recording. I have some very specific microphone setups I use when recording this kind of music which can be quite incompatible with the way live engineers choose to set up their microphones. Two different tasks with two completely different requirements.
On-stage after Food (Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen)
From the last row of the audience. The attendance was good, with Food & Trio Libero attracting the largest crowds. Also performing whilst I was resident in the Cathedral were World Wide Wales (Huw Warren, Peter Herbert & Thomas Strønen) and the Kit Downes Quintet.
Huw Warren, Peter Herbert & Thomas Strønen – ‘Briguinha de Musicos Malacos‘:
A record I made with Kit Downes and Lucy Railton back in September of this year departing (2012) is to be released on Impossible Ark records in the next coming weeks. Released as a vinyl-only 4-track EP, the other side of the record features music by Impermanence Trio (Matthew Bourne, Riaan Vosloo and Tim Giles).
The record is made entirely using natural ambience, with post-production techniques to achieve effects to augment and highlight various aspects of the compositions.
Back in early March, I recorded a gig by the Joe Webb Trio in Dempseys in Cardiff. It’s been getting some radioplay (as part of Jazz on 3 last night for example). Joe’s been selling the CDs at his gigs, and has also set-up a Bandcamp through which you can download a copy in whichever format you like (try and avoid MP3 if you can as the sound quality police know where you live).
You’ll find it here:
Joe Webb Trio – Night Song at Bandcamp.com