London Gigs this Summer with Awesome People
3rd Jul 2013
Being the lucky bugger I am, I will be both supporting and collaborating with a number truly incredible musicians in London over the coming two months including Ana Silvera, Keith Tippett, David Thomas Broughton and Bird Radio. First up is a gig at the Vortex on 5th July with Ana Silvera, a classical-inspired chanteuse of extraordinary beauty and artistry. I'll be playing my own set and then joining Ana for some of her stunning chamber-pop arrangements. I'll then be on the bill with flute-toting-one-man-band avant-folk-legend-in the-making Bird Radio and a load of other like-minded folk for his wild music party Stoke the Fire at Stoke Newington's Babble Jar on Sunday 7th July. A solo set and a improv set for the truly extraordinary David Thomas Broughton follows on Sunday July 21st at super-cool venue The Lexington. I first saw David perform at SXSW in 2009, an unforgettable experience after which I wittered at him with such wild excitement and distinct lack of cool that I'm astonished that he's prepared to even allow me in the same room as him, let alone play on his gig. It's hard to describe in words exactly what David does but I'm convinced we are if not from the same planet then at the very least neighbouring ones. Just come see the guy! Finally, I wanted to flag up Keith Tippett's forthcoming residency at The Vortex, 15th-17th August. Keith and his wife, vocalist Julie Tippetts, are two of my long-time musical heros. A free-improvising pioneer, Keith uses the piano in the most creative and unexpected ways to spontaneously compose music of breathtaking detail, virtuosity and depth of emotion. My group Elysian Quartet will be playing the String Quartet he wrote for us on the 15th along with his masterpiece Linukea for piano and string quartet. I will then be joining Keith, Julie and a number of the other great musicians for a completely free set on the 17th. Keith and Julie don't perform in London all that often so it's really worth catching them while you can.