Babel Dates For Your Diary
Dice Factory Babel Label Album Launch
5th September £8 / 8.30pm
Tom Challenger (saxophone), George Fogel (Piano), Tom Farmer (Bass) and Jon Scott (drums).
Dice Factory has an unwritten ethos devoted to exploring new and challenging methods of both composition and improvisation. Developing compositions co-operatively, an emphasis on texture, rhythmic soundscapes, groove and melodic playfulness, characterise their music.
Bruno Heinen Sextet Album Preview
10th September £10 / 8.30pm
Bruno Heinen Sextet Bruno Heinen (piano), James Allsopp (sax) Tom Challenger (sax),
Andrea Di Biase (double bass) (Jon Scott (drummer) and Jack Davies (trumpet)
Pianist Bruno Heinen previews an exciting new album, set to be released in March 2013 on Babel Records, with his sextet, featuring James Allsopp, Tom Challenger, Jack Davies, Andrea Di Biase and Jon Scott.
The sextet will be performing a re-working of Karlheinz Stockhausen's TIERKREIS – Signs of the Zodiac – with original Stockhausen music boxes used in the performance.
Ken Vandermark, Ollie Brice, Mark Saunders
27th September £12 / 8.30pm
Ken Vandermark (sax), Ollie Brice (double bass) and Mark Sanders (drums).
A fixture on the Chicago-area music scene since the 1990s, saxophonist Ken Vandermark has earned wide critical praise for his playing and his multi-layered compositions, with an emphasis on contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation.
He has performed and recorded in a vast array of contexts and with many internationally renowned musicians.
"Vandermark, as engrossing as a composer as he is powerful as an improviser, strikes a balance between order and freefall comparable to any band leader in the world" (The Guardian).
Special Babel Label View from the Tower
30th September £7 2:00pm
Launching a new series of themed performances exploring great British composition, drawing on the European and American scenes as well as other traditional folk musics.
This residency will be taking the form of a septet with arrangements by Dan Messore. The house band will showcase some of the best and brightest, with a revolving line up and special guest from the national and international scene.
This first outing will comprise Huw Warren, Dudley Philips, Trish Clowes, Ivo Neame, James Allsop, Sam Leak, Phil Robson, Steve Waterman, Dan Messore and Iain Ballamy.
Tonight's house band is Dan Messore (guitar), Rory Simmons (trumpet), Tori Freestone (flute), Trish Clowes (tenor sax), Ivo Neame (piano), Dave Manington (bass), Tim Giles (drums).
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