Tipping Point, 22 July 2016, Fox & Newt

Doors open 8 pm, Music starts 8.30 pm. Admission price: £8/£6 on the door.At the Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds LS3 1LD (opposite Park Lane College) Tel: 0113 245 4527. Facebook

Tipping Point

Tipping Point

Tipping Point

James Mainwaring (sax and effects), Matthew Bourne (Fender Rhodes), Michael Bardon (double bass), Joost Hendrickx (drums).

Saxophonist, composer, singer-songwriter and now label boss James Mainwaring is perhaps best known as a founder member of the Mercury Prize nominated Roller Trio or more recently as a collaborator with and touring member of fellow Mercury nominees Django, Django, who he met at the 2012 awards. Tipping Point is his new project and the second release on Lamplight Social Records, the label he founded to release the second Roller Trio album, Fracture, after becoming frustrated with the machinations of the music industry.

Tipping Point features James Mainwaring on saxophone and effects alongside British improvised music legend Matthew Bourne Fender Rhodes and two of the UK’s most individual instrumentalists; Michael Bardon double bass and Joost Hendrickx drums. Members of the band have previously collaborated on projects such as; Dave Kane’s Rabbit Project, the Fusebox Orchestra, Shatner’s Bassoon and Mainwaring/Bardon/Horne amongst many others. It was whilst studying at Leeds College of Music 2007 – 2010 when Mainwaring, Bardon and Hendrickx met and were tutored by Bourne, a pianist whose innovative approach to improvisation and teaching proved to be a great influence on them that the genesis for Tipping Point was born.

Hidden Notes + Beck/Bennet/Dover Trio, 30 June 2016, Fox & Newt

Doors open 8 pm, Music starts 8.30 pm. Admission price: £8/£6 on the door.At the Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds LS3 1LD (opposite Park Lane College) Tel: 0113 245 4527. Facebook

John Martin’s Hidden Notes

John Martin

John Martin

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.

Beck/Bennet/Dover Trio

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.

Olie Brice Quintet, 27 May, 2016

Doors open 8 pm, Music starts 8.30 pm. Admission price: £8/£6 on the door.At the Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds LS3 1LD (opposite Park Lane College) Tel: 0113 245 4527. Facebook

Olie Brice Quintet

Immune to Clockwork

Immune to Clockwork

George Crowley (tenor sax), Alex Bonney (cornet), Mike Fletcher (C-melody sax), Olie Brice (bass), Jeff Williams (drums).

The Olie Brice Quintet released its debut album ‘Immune to Clockwork’ in 2014.

The quintet was named as one of the ‘new bands 2014’ in the El Intruso Critics Poll, and was described by Richard Williams as “one of the most interesting and satisfying bands on the current UK scene”.

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Bravest Boat

Bravest Boat

Bravest Boat

Stevie Jones (guitar), Jer Reid (guitar), Aby Vulliamy (viola, voice), George Murray (trombone), Rafe Fitzpatrick (violin).

Bravest Boat are a collective based in Glasgow and Bradford exploring structured improvisations, loose composition and prepared spontaneity. Some written bits, some not.

A love of raw sounds, field recordings and lifetimes participating in DIY music led Bravest Boat to record in locations of significance to them as a band and individual musicians, away from the recording studio. Kinning Park Complex, a community centre in an old Edwardian school that was reclaimed from property developers with a now legendary sit in in 1996, is a venue, rehearsal space and general headquarters for many of the band and other kindred spirits. The 1 in 12 club, a key venue in the 90s anarchist underground, re-opened as a collective, community led library, events space and social centre just as Aby and George moved back to Yorkshire. These places were inspirational to the band and offered unique, raw acoustics that helped define the sound of the debut album, Bowed Beam.