–AFTER HOURS @ ST GEORGE’S CRYPT!–
After Hours was a project supported by Jazz Services Fledgling Promoter Award and PRS for Music Foundation. It combined the great wealth of original music being created by local Bristol Bands and new compositions / visual pieces written specifically for each artist.
Spring Season 2014
Sunday 23rd February – Nick Malcolm & Corey Mwamba (www.nickmalcolm.co.uk/) Nick and Corey are two of the UK’s leading young improvisors. They work in a huge variety of musical settings, bringing their unique sounds, exceptional techniques and impassioned improvising to each and every one. This is their first collaboration as a duo and promises to be a masterclass of interaction and lyricism.
Thursday 20th March – The George Cooper Trio (https://www.facebook.com/georgecoopertrio) The George Cooper Trio is one of Bristol’s freshest and most innovative outfits to come onto the scene. Originally from Devon, George has already cemented his reputation within the industry, working in Hollywood with film composer Hans Zimmer, orchestrating jazz for Nigel Kennedy and the London Sinfonia and, as well as playing alongside some of the most highly acclaimed Jazz stars in the UK and Europe, has written music for several award-winning films. Their sound conjures a vivid concoction of sweeping landscapes, augmented by a striking and dramatic edge which draws influence from romantic composers such as Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
Autumn Season 2013
Housed in the cool confines of The Crypt, our late night sessions feature Balkan funk, classic swing and free jazz. Join us for performances by some of the finest emerging talent on the UK jazz scene, including Moonlight Saving Time, “Blew My Mind” (Giles Peterson), Dakhla “Uniquely fabulous and fabulously unique.” (Tony Benjamin) and The Jon Herbert Quartet, “Blazing Solos” (Cheltenham Jazz Fest 13).
As part of the After Hour’s programme at St Georges Crypt we have also commissioned new pieces from three emerging composers; Veleka Algar, Jack Vaughan and Pete Rosser. A fantastic opportunity to hear world premieres of jazz crossover music from a new generation of composers.
7th November – Freight (www.freightquartet.co.uk) Freight are a jazz quartet from Bristol, whose exciting style and original compositions draw on Thelonious Monk inspiration and collective attention to hard swing. ‘Freight is that rare thing, a jazz band with a group identity’
14th November – Moonlight Saving Time (www.moonlightsavingtime.co.uk) They combine bold improvisation with atmospheric grooves and world rhythms to create a unique sound in contemporary jazz. “music for the heart and the head” —‐ LondonJazz
21th November – Dakhla (www.dakhlabrass.com) Dakhla are a horn and drum based quartet playing original tunes that blend evocative harmonies, intricate rhythms and absorbing soundscapes. “Really punchy, very powerful energic sound.” — Kevin LeGendre
12th December – The Jon Herbert Quartet A group that perform original compositions by Jon Herbert and Arabella Sprot, drawing influences from traditional swing as well as film and modern rock!
–Moonlight Saving Time–
Veleka Algar Veleka began her musical training in the early 90’s as a jazz saxophonist at the Western Australian Conservatoire of Music. After these studies, as well as working as freelance saxophonist, she worked as a composer in various local theatre companies. During this time she performed in jazz, world music and function bands, whilst exploring various compositional styles of classical, folk and pop in the theatre. This diversity of genres continued when she returned to study eight years ago by specializing in jazz performance and classical composition as an undergraduate. It is this aspect of being a jazz performer and a classically trained composer that has created the subject for her PhD in which the influence of both these genres is explored through composition.
Pete Rosser Pete Rosser is a Stroud-based composer, a working musician for over 25 years, composing for jazz ensembles, choirs, schools, brass bands and theatre. A founding member of Tango Siempre (1998-2008), current projects include Truffleshack (accordion/fiddle duo with Misha Law), the Gloctet (contemporary jazz ensemble) and various publishing/arranging commissions. Inspirations include Henry Threadgill, John Zorn, Bach and Bartok, plus a mishmash of theory gathered along the way. Three daughters, one dog, two cats.
Jack Vaughan – www.jackvaughan.co.uk Jack Vaughan is a Film Composer, Music Director and Sound Designer who has written for advertising, theatre, television and a number of award winning films.. As an arranger he has worked with The Bristol Ensemble and assistant-arranged for Charles Hazelwood, Ronni Size and for the BBC Concert Orchestra. Jack has recently produced a score for Oxfam International film, which was screened at the G8 Summit, 2013. Jack has studied conducting with George Hurst, Jonathan James (Boston Philharmonic & The Bristol Ensemble), Rudolfo Saglimbeni (Venezuela Symphony) and Peter Ash (LSSO). Jack has taken part in master classes at Sherborne Summer School, and with the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra. He has conducted the Bristol University Chamber Orchestra the Bristol Ensemble Training Orchestra, The Bristol University Chamber Choir and The Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra. “an incredible talent… his compositions are brilliantly dramatic and full of intimacy and wisdom…” Dan Brown, Massive Attack (co-writer), Will Young (producer) “his music already sounds better than half the stuff I hear on TV right now… a great blend of musicality and sound design savvy…”Daniel Pemberton, Composer. Peep Show, Upstairs Downstairs, The Awakening.
Jake Bright – Jake Bright is a composer and record producer based in Bristol, UK. Having moved here from the coast of North Devon to study music at Bristol University, he has remained in the city as an active contributor and collaborator. During his studies, he continued with his love of contemporary popular music with a number of bands resulting in extensive radio play both in the UK and internationally as well as a huge number of performances across all genres. Jake has a competent and unique approach to writing for a variety of ensembles. A keen collaborator, he aims to produce works that are ‘to be played, not studied’. His series of ‘Improvised Studies’ received critical acclaim earlier this year. Following the success of collaborative project Symba (ballet suite, 2012), Jake was commissioned by Little Room Productions to produce an operetta, ‘The Madness Game’, which is to be premiered in Bristol in February 2014. Following this, he has a number of pieces being performed around the UK, including a piece for Bristol University’s String Orchestra and a commission for St. George’s ‘After Hours’ sessions.
This project is support by Jazz Services and PRS for Music Foundation as part of the fledgling jazz promoter award.