Looking forward to presenting my collaboration with visual artist Tim Maguire. We've made a DVD featuring his video art and my solo piano improvisations.
This is my first solo piano recording since 2002, and so I'm supposed to say what is 'new' and 'different' about this recording in comparison. Perhaps talk about how I've been influenced by developments in music and how my approach to improvising freely at the piano has changed with these developments. And at the very least, if my appoach, conception and method have stayed the same, how my technique has evolved and so on.
But what I really think I'm doing is playing so I can remember what is important. Or remember what is important to me at any rate.
To The Surface will be performed with live piano improvisation and projected film from the DVD on November 22nd at St James Studio Theatre at 3pm.
I'm in the process of putting together three albums, one of which will be from my quartet's gigs in July this year. Here are some unmixed tunes
Dorian Ford, piano, Fulvio Sigurtá (trumpet/flugelhorn), Steve Rose (double bass), Winston Clifford (drums)
A picture from my Summer St James Theatre gig with the quartet. Pictured are Fulvio Sigurtá (trumpet), Steve Rose (double bass), Winston Clifford (drums) and me on piano.
Looking forward to playing at this year's Manchester Jazz Festival with my quartet. This will be our first appearance at the festival. I'll be playing with Fulvio Sigurtá, Steve Berry, and Winston Clifford on Tuesday July 22nd at 2:30pm at the Twaites Festival Pavilion. Manchester Jazz Festival says:
"An authentic British/European sound that understands the American jazz underpinnings of the music, occupying the space between notation and improvisation; friendly grooves and natural interplay inspired by popular song, folk, improvisation and be-bop."
Here's a link to the festival page: http://www.manchesterjazz.com/2014/dorian-ford-quartet/
Later that week we'll be playing at the St James Theatre in London on Friday 25th July.
Looking forward to a busy London Jazz Festival week. I'll be playing in three gigs at the festival and then escaping to Sussex at the end.
This Saturday I'll be playing at the Southbank in my duo with Johnny Phillips at 2pm. This is a free gig, so pop in if you're in town. It's part of a presentation by F-ire collective, so there's lots of free music to hear that day.
Then on Wednesday 20th, I'll be hosting an evening at the St James Theatre. Featuring three great singers, Carol Grimes, Mark Jennett and Anita Wardell, plus guests and the band is me, Neville Malcolm and Winston Clifford. If you haven't visited the St James in Victoria yet, it's a good time to visit.
On Thursday 21st I'll be playing at Lauderdale House with Carol Grimes, Annie Whitehead, Neville Malcolm and Winston Clifford. Looking forward to playing a gig down the road in Highgate.
Then, if you fancy a trip out of London, I'll be playing at the Westgate Chapel in Lewes with my quartet (Fulvio Sigurtá, Steve Rose, Winston Clifford), hosted by the Oyster Project.
A long time in the making, this live double album, was a family affair, with art work by Carol's daughter Kasia, recording and mixing by my brother in law Jono Trott, and mastering by Carol's long time friend, Mark Hewins, a regular feature on tour with Lou Reed.