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Eyes of a Blue Dog + Overground Collective

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Eyes of a Blue Dog is a trio of Rory Simmons (Trumpet, electronics), Liz Nygaard (voice), Terje Evensen (drums, percussion).
The band moniker Eyes of a Blue Dog derives from a short story by the great Latin American ‘Magical Realist’ author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Indeed on their debut release Rise, this trio evokes something of that novelette’s dream-like narrative and subliminal mysteries. It’s a diverting and refreshing new collaboration between the North London LOOP Collective trumpeter Rory Simmons (also on electric guitar and electronic treatments), the renowned Norwegian drummer and ambient electronics soundscaper Terje Evensen and upcoming UK-based singer-lyricist Elisabeth Nygård. Together they mine elements from underground electro-pop song, post-rock and an austere electronica of the kind that has roots in the experimental jazz and improvisation scene out of which trumpeter Simmons and the ex-Leeds based LIMA Collective vocalist Nygård (who has made very notable contributions to two albums by Simmons’ contemporary third stream ensemble Fringe Magnetic) have successfully emerged.

 

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The OverGround Collective is an 18-piece band put together by the Portuguese composer Paulo Dias Duarte. The project is a result of Paulo’s obsessive research on improvisation and its relation with pre-composed material. After shadowing many improvisers in the London scene, Paulo has put together a group of players, with very distinctive improvisational languages and techniques, in a project where he uses their different approaches to improvisation as compositional tools, creating a very eclectic musical landscape where the improviser itself is a part of the score.

“Duarte’s ability to write music that is at once melodic and accessible but highly challenging and unexpected where the improvised elements hold primacy, is the key to the inevitable success of this music”
London Jazz News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPK1h0UZo8g

Soprano/Alto and Flute – Chris Williams
Alto/Flute – Julie Kjaer
Tenor/flute – Rachel Musson
Tenor – Mike Lesirge
Clarinet/Bass clarinet – Tom Ward
Baritone – Cath Roberts

Tr – Noel Langley
Tr – Yasmeen Ahmed
Tr – Chris Batchelor
Tr – Andre Canniere

Trb – Paul Taylor
Trb – Raph Clarkson
Bass trb – Oli Haylett

Tuba – Ben Kelly

Bass – Jason Simpson
Keys – Dave O’Brien
Drums – Jon Scott
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