Contemporary

So quite a few of the bands on our books could quite easily fall under this category.  Some music will always be undefined because it draws on more than one media. This page is probably more relevant to festivals and arts venues.  

For some of our artists we would also arrange for specific commissions too. 

 
Law and Lloyd by David Burgess
Law and Lloyd by David Burgess

Law and Lloyd by David Burgess
Law and Lloyd by David Burgess

Visual by Patrick Dunn
Visual by Patrick Dunn

Law and Lloyd by David Burgess
Law and Lloyd by David Burgess

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John Law's

Renaissance

John Law - Midi-keys & Laptop

Jon Lloyd - Saxophones

Patrick Dunn - Visual Artist

New project for 2020. Pianist, composer John Law teams up with long-term colleague Jon Lloyd, playing ambient, minimalist music over electronic loops of sacred vocal scores (to include sampling works by Byrd, Tallis, Palestrina, Victoria, Josquin and Ockeghem). Joined by acclaimed visual artist Patrick Dunn who has created synchronized and expressive light-art for the project. Expect ethereal, ambient improvisations with subtle jazz undertones in response to the vocal scores, and visuals.  John Law is one of Europe’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary jazz pianists.

Watch this space.

 
KAZE ©NodokaIshida_web
KAZE ©NodokaIshida_web

KAZE
KAZE

Satoko Fujii
Satoko Fujii

KAZE ©NodokaIshida_web
KAZE ©NodokaIshida_web

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Kaze

(Japan/France)

Natsuki Tamura - trumpet
Christian Pruvost - trumpet
Satoko Fujii – piano
Peter Orins - drums

Melodic, abstract, mysterious, beautiful, and confrontational, Kaze plays free jazz at its most creative and powerful. The members of this international quartet share an insatiable appetite for sonic experimentation, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and the disciplined intelligence of accomplished spontaneous composers.


The group has released three acclaimed recordings - 2011’s Rafale, 2013’s Tornado, and 2015’s  Uminari which the London Jazz News calls “...bold, uncompromising music."  Uminari is a Japanese word that refers to a sound rising from the sea, a low-frequency roar that portends a coming storm or tsunami. The two-horn quartet is equally adept at the calm and the storm, with expressive subtleties giving way to overwhelming torrents of sound

“...the rarely heard sound of two trumpets collaborating, interweaving and cross-talking is at the center of the group Kaze, whose penultimate set of the festival was also one of the high points of the overall program.” – Josef Woodard, DownBeat
 
“… one of the most musically dynamic and intense "jazz" sets of the year… If you think you can imagine what piano, drums, and two trumpets will sound like, think again.” ― Derk Richardson, KPFA Radio

“One of the best gigs I’ve seen this year…one of my favourite working groups.” – Steve Dalachinsky, The Brooklyn Rail

“[Fujii] is a demon on the keys, capable of delicately pretty melodies as easily as full-keyboard chord-blocks, and amazingly controlled inside-the-piano stringwork.” – Byron Coley, exclaim.ca

 
SF and JF
SF and JF

JFonfa-by-Barka-Fabianowa
JFonfa-by-Barka-Fabianowa

Joe Fonda
Joe Fonda

SF and JF
SF and JF

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Duet

(Japan/US)

Satoko Fujii – piano
Joe Fonda - double bass

Intimate and mercurial, Duet features the adventurous musical exchange between two masters of their art.  Pianist Fujii and bassist Fonda tap a rich vein of musical understanding in this collaboration showcasing a lifetime of experience and artistry. The woody sound, intense physicality, and percussive quality of Fonda’s bass contrasts beautifully with Fujii’s more flowing lines.  When they add trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, the music grows richer and even more complex and layered.

Duet…is a masterful outing where Fujii and Fonda work with empathy and inspiration. The music is by turns reflective and intense, always focused and often striking in its complex beauty.”―Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz

'[Fujii’s] solos contain sharp angles, even sharper left turns, syncopation run amok and the kind of arpeggios that surprise and delight. Bassist Fonda is super-attuned to her every tic. When you consider that the two never performed together or never even met, the results are jaw-dropping…Duet is here to freak you out. And it will.”―Mike Greenblatt, The Classical Arts

“The first thing I noticed is how well this disc is recorded: superbly, warm, spacious and thoroughly enchanting…like entering an elegant dream world. When it finally fades away, I wish it was going on and on.”―Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

The duo produces astonishing musical textures that arise out of the mists. They engage in what sounds like joyous battle at times, only to swerve in a flash to produce ethereal sounds that float in mid-air.”―Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

 

“Flourishing with creative intuition and boasting an impeccable execution, Duet unreservedly explores the powerful musical spectrums of Fujii and Fonda, in a beautiful intersection.”―Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail

 

This project is available for touring in Europe Summer 2020, please contact me to register interest.
 

 
Jim Blomfield
Jim Blomfield

Jim Blomfield
Jim Blomfield

Jim Blomfield
Jim Blomfield

Jim Blomfield
Jim Blomfield

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Jim Blomfield - Piano:

“Heard in full flow, pianist Blomfield sounds as fully formed as any of his better-known UK peers..." - Phil Johnson ,The Independent

The partnership of improvisation allied to classical technique came to fruition when Jim enrolled on a music degree at Dartington College of Arts.  Since moving to Bristol in 1991 to establish a career as a performer and composer, Jim has become recognised as an exciting, versatile and engaging piano player, bandleader and composer.  Jim’s arranging skills and diverse influences were also in evidence with commissions for the contemporary/crossover “Elektrostatic” concerts at Bristol’s Colston Hall collaborating with the Emerald Ensemble and producing works that contained both classical and jazz elements.  His solo work is modern, challenging, pensive and very sublime to include contemporary, jazz standards, Latin and improvisation.