John Martin’s Hidden Notes
John Martin (tenor sax), Tim Giles (drums), Ralph Wyld (vibraphone), Tim Fairhall (double bass), and Rob Updegraff (guitar).
The Hidden Notes offers a window into a unique sound world. It is a celebration of the saxophone and all the beautiful colours that are hidden just beneath the surface.
When a musician plays a note of a certain pitch, the musical instrument vibrates or resonates, producing a complex pattern of sound waves made up of many different frequencies. The most noticeable sound wave is called the fundamental, but there are other waves with higher frequencies, called harmonics. These are the hidden notes.
John Martin has spent the last 4 years coaxing these rather shy and often badly behaved notes out from their hiding places. Through the use of special fingerings and blowing techniques it is possible to produce several notes simultaneously, extending the sound world of the saxophone from a monophonic to a polyphonic instrument. Martin’s focus is on incorporating these polyphonic sounds into tonal music. Circular breathing then allows for the development of continuous rhythmic patterns, opening up many new exciting rhythmic and textural possibilities.
Mick Beck (sax and reeds), Seth Bennett (double bass), Oliver Dover (reeds)
Sheffield’s Mick Beck is one of the most interesting and experienced improvisors in Britain. Primarily known as tenor sax player, he also plays bassoon, whistles, and whatever else he can lay his hands on, bringing both astonishing virtuosity and a mischevious sense of humour to his music. Tonight, he will join two musicians well known to Leeds audiences, double bassist Seth Bennett and reeds player Oliver Dover. They plan to explore the possibilities of a bassoon, bass clarinet and double bass trio, as well as a twin tenor sax with bass ensemble, with each piece designed to explore the different possibilities of each grouping.