Disembark! New duo album released today on Luminous

Today marks the release of a new duo album of short improvisations by myself and Cath Roberts. In early 2019 we played a cluster of duo gigs around London and it felt really nice to strip everything away to the sparseness of an alto and baritone saxophone. In April 2019 we decided to record the duo. The spontaneous, relatively short improvisations captured the spirit of the duo, with wildly ranging textures from minimalist sounds to full on wailing. It was recorded by Cath, mixed by Alex Bonney and the album artwork is by me! Although the accompanying tour wasn’t possible due to COVID, it feels good to share it with the world now. 

I have worked together with Cath since 2013 in various contexts: organising live performances, tours and festivals under the banner of LUME, co-running our record label Luminous and playing together in numerous projects – most recently with UK/Swiss sextet MoonMot. The label grew out of the work we’ve done with LUME; the perfect complement to putting on live performances. Luminous’ first release was in July 2015: Live At LUME a collection of bootleg recordings from performances at a regular night we’d been running at The Long White Cloud in Hoxton. Live At LUME functioned as a fundraiser to enable us to keep going with our work. The label has also seen releases from Cath’s quintet Sloth Racket and my electronics duo Deemer, amongst other things.

MoonMot European tour Spring 2020

Swiss/UK sextet MoonMot was formed when Cath Roberts and I were invited to play at Jazzwerkstatt 10th year anniversary festival in Bern, Switzerland in February 2017. We performed at the London Jazz Festival in November 2017 and in March 2019 we toured Switzerland and recorded our debut album, featuring compositions by all the band members. Going Down The Well will be released on Swiss-based label Unit Records on 14th February. We’ve already released a single: Avignon by our keyboard player Oli Kuster – this went straight onto Spotify’s State of Jazz playlist!

We’re really over the moon to be embarking on a twelve date European tour starting on 17th February at NQ Jazz in Manchester, then back to London for our official launch at The Vortex Jazz Club on 18th. We’re at Jazz At the Lescar, Sheffield on the 19th, FUSE Art Space, Bradford on the 20th, The Bebop Club, Bristol on the 21st and Liverpool Int. Jazz Festival on the 1st March before travelling across to mainland Europe for six more dates in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. The UK leg of the tour is generously supported by Arts Council England.

If you live near any of the places we’ll be performing at, please come along!