After the brilliance of Identity Parade and Rory Simmons new ensemble at the Amersham this week we’ve got another terrific double-bill to look forward to next week! Mixing the established talents of Flashmob with the brand new sounds of the George Bird Group next weeks’ gig is definitely not one to miss…
Ryan Williams - Guitar
Rory Simmons -Trumpet
Will Collier - Bass
Nick Smalley - Drums
Drawing on a wide range of influences and honing a cohesive, consistent repertoire, guitarist Ryan Williams quartet Flashmob explore long forms, grooves and free elements.
Over the last three years, the Quartet has performed extensively across the UK and Europe, including an extensive Jazz Services supported UK tour following the release of their debut album ‘Generals’ on the F-IRE label in September 2011. Upon it’s release, ‘Generals’ received rave reviews and saw the band featured in the October issue of Jazzwise. John Fordham tipped Flashmob as his Ones to Watch for 2012 saying that the band’s “current F-IRE label debut should widen the audience for its mix if lyrical jazz and taut contemporary rhythms.”
You can check Flashmob out on their sound cloud page:
George Bird Group
Mike Soper - Trumpet
Nathaniel Facey - Alto Saxophone
Elliot Galvin - Keyboards
Ferg Ireland - Bass
George Bird - Drums
Debuting his brand-new original compositions George Bird’s quintet features some of London’s finest young talents, including MOBO-award winning saxophonist Nathaniel Facey of Empirical fame. Expect music that is simultaneously disorientating and funky, taking cues from Vijay Iyer, Fabian Almazan, Messiaen and Thomas Mapfumo. Somehow it’s deceptively simple… or is it deceptively complicated? Either way, the end result is dramatic and highly engaging.