I have a new project. It’s called tiny beast. We (Josh Arcoleo & Chris Hyson) have been getting together over the last year and writing our first record which is currently in the mixing stages. We are playing a free live gig on August 29th, more news to come on that soon. It looks like this;
Troyk-estra won album of the year at the Parliamentary jazz awards last month. I’m very proud of our album. You can see the big band later this year at Turner sims on the 7th November & CBSO Birmingham on the 8th November.
Troyka have just finished our latest trio album which is set to be released on Naim records early next year. Petter Eldh is currently producing the record. Excited. Petters music sounds like this!
Curios have just recorded a new album, set for a release on the ‘Society of Sound Music / Bowers & Wilkins’ label very soon.
Just home after a heavy weekend. Last night I played in Frankfurt live on radio and video internet feed after 3 hours sleep with Troyka. Chris and Kit went straight off to do a show with Benny Greb after…you can see that whole gig in high definition, funky lights and amazing sound (headphones required) here;
The night before I played in Rotterdam with Marius Neset. It was a great experience playing with Magnus, Petter and Marius. They made me feel good with the music even though we didn’t rehearse. Short sound check, massive meal…GO GO GO!
Sane and The Real Ysj (Sax and drum shred)
Fields of clubs
Angel of the North
Being happy after the gig!
It’s been great playing at some cool festivals this summer. Latitude festival, Secret Garden Party, NattJazz in Norway, Jazz Duketown’ s in Holland, Elb Jazz in Frankfurt, Love Supreme UK, Cheltenham Jazz festival and Canary Warf festival.
There’s going to be a live album release of the Cheltenham gig later this year as it came out really well.. here are a couple of videos from Secret Garden Party..
Just had a fun weekend of gigs…Troyka played at the Kings Place festival on saturday 15th Sept 2012, which was great. Very cool crowd and some lovely feedback. Massive thanks to everyone who came down and of course, Kings place. There’s some more videos from that gig on my video page. Then I did a last minute gig with Josh Arcoleo on the sunday…amazing musician, beautiful tunes and good friend (Joshs Website) followed by another Troyka gig up at Herts jazz festival to top it off. Got home and my folks ordered the best take away curry I’ve ever had…yes!
These are two musicians whom I’ve been finding very inspiring since I came across them last summer. They are super generous with their music in that they put so much of it up on youtube…you can buy lots more HERE!
Back in 2009 I was lucky to spend the day at Maida Vale recording for radio 1. We won best session of 2009 at Giles Peterson’s world wide awards for this recording. Since then we have made a release with Ninja tune on their compilation ‘XX’.
You can find more music from Floating points and the ensemble here along with many other exciting artists including Fatima who I also work with on and off. Last summer we went and played at Montreux Jazz festival, this was such a fun day…we got to see Chaka Khan play and Katy B was playing after us, she was nice…then we partied.
The summer before we did this at Fabric night club;
Ok, I love this band sooo much. Had an amazing night back in May last year when I went to see them live.
You should buy all the albums!! Click this picture to download their live album which they have posted for free!