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Created and led by Tara Franks
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s)
This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
The Madwort Sax Quartet formed in 2011 to play compositions by Tom Ward and guided group improvisation. Tom’s influences include numerology and the movement of the planet earth through space, Steve Coleman, pioneering saxophone quartet Rova, Tim Berne, and transcriptions of bird song. Of technical interest was exploring contempor...ary techniques such as complex time signatures and metric modulations without the presence of a dedicated drummer or percussionist, and exploring harmony without a chordal instrument.
All the members bring their own individual, contrasting voices to the saxophone: Andy’s warm-toned, mellifluous tenor; Chris’s assertive, energetic alto familiar to fans of Led Bib; Tom’s lyrical, passionate but more reserved alto; and Cath’s fluid, assured baritone. When required, though, the ensemble manages to blend beautifully into a homogenous whole that belies these contrasts.
The group has been very well received ("a significantly distinctive musical proposition" – LondonJazz blog, September 2012), has recorded an EP’s worth of material (slated for release late 2013), and has played gigs in London, Manchester (hosted by Efpi Records) and Derby (hosted by Corey Mwamba).
The line-up is:
Tom Ward: alto saxophone & composition
Chris Williams: soprano & alto saxophones
Andy Woolf: tenor saxophone
Cath Roberts: baritone saxophone
Tonight the quartet launch their new album Radio Londra (Trio Records).
"Enzo Zirilli is a drummer busily widening the lines of communication and commerce between Britain and his native Italy. This excellent quartet, combining two leading players from each country, is his latest brainchild. Guitarists Luca Boscagin and Jim Mullen rise to the occasion, trading nimble ideas over the creative pulse of Zirilli and organist Ross Stanley. An updated ballad, Tenderly, is particularly witty and in their hands the Rolling Stones’s (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction has never sounded hipper. There’s talk of a dual tour of England and Italy which could be the first of many. Bravo, maestri!" Jack Massarik
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