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The New Ivors Academy
Summer 2019 News
It was great to be a part of the 11th Sound And Music Summer School in August 2019 - another cohort of young composers got to see how jazz musicians work by writing a piece for us over a week. If you know any young composers interested in jazz I'd urge you to get them to apply for 2020!
I'm playing with Slovakian drummer Marek Dorcik for his new quintet project featuring George Crowley, Mick Coady and Miguel Gorodi. We just recorded at Fieldgate studio, Cardiff.
The new Matt Ridley band is rehearsing for a new recording! It's a bit later in the year, but put October 22nd at the Vortex in your diary. The offerings of Matt, Alex Hitchcock, Marc MIchel and Ant Law will be calling. It's brilliant music played by a very serious band indeed.
I'm excited to be a part of the New Ivors Academy of Music Creators. Like a lot of Jazz Musicians, I write and create widely, both under my own name and in collaboration with others across genres. The Ivors Academy is THE organisation for creators of new music, fighting to support creativity in the face of a constantly-shifting landscape and constant pressure on musicians' livelihoods from the imbalance inherent in the big-tech-led digital economy. Have a look and see all the brilliant Jazz voices that are part of the show!
I was really happy to part of a cover-in-a-day alongside artists including The Macabees, Newton Faulkner and Fiona Bevan which was part of the (successful) campaign to persuade MEPs to vote for the crucial Article 13 legislation. This could have hugely beneficial effects for the way creators such as ourselves are paid for the use of our music online. A great start for The Academy.
Essence Is Now on Spotify!