Spring is here!
Hello all and Happy Spring time!
Turquoise Coconut, the record label I co-run with the wonderful John Garner, has been very busy over the last few months. Since my last post in November, we have released two albums. The first one, released on December 9th, is by American, Germany-based tenor and composer Steven Ebel. His début album “The Seeker” is packed with intensity, quirkiness and beauty. Taking words from Rainer Maria Rilke, Steven composed two beautiful song cycles around them, performed by himself, pianist Philip Dahlem and narrator Marko Bärtel.
The second release only happened quite recently, on March 17th. “Dean Pan Party” is the début EP of the Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio (Tobie Carpenter – guitar, Jamie Safir – organ, David Ingamells – drums). Full of genuine and joyous jazz, this EP started its released life as No. 1 of the iTunes Jazz Album Charts and launched at a sold-out The Shed gig at Kansas Smitty’s last week! (Which also happened to be our first official ‘physical’ outing as a record label and I just can’t hide how proud I was of our little record label table… )
We’re also curating a series called “Kokonut Kase” which puts jazz duo Pillow & Kase in one room with another artist or band for a day. This video is Volume 1 of the series and features Ben Hayes. Listen and enjoy:
Another side project of ours is our new podcast. Every so often, we interview a musician over a cup of tea. Episode 1 features Kate Williams and episode 2 features Tobie Carpenter. If you’re intrigued by music, jazz, composition, and table tennis, listen in!
Mainly Two has seen a few mini releases too. Firstly, there’s a live recording on Soundcloud of a new piece by Javier Martí Aranda called “Rust, A Mirror”. We premièred it at our concert at Handel House last November and thanks to modern technology, you can pretend that you were there and listen to it in your own living room!
As I told you in my last blog post, Listenpony have started a record label through which they release EPs of live performances at their concerts. Our Mainly Two EP was the first one to be released and it features the first movement of Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins. And because we all like you so much, Listenpony have made this track available for you to listen to for free!
Much has happened on the Ensemble Nova Luce front. For a start, we now have a website! And we went and recorded Rubbra’s Fantasia on a Theme of Machaut, originally for string quartet, recorder and harpsichord, but we (think we) made it work with flute and piano instead. Have a listen yourself:
Another recording has been added to the world of Soundcloud recently, featuring the Riot Ensemble (in this instance aka Ausiàs Garrigós Morrant on clarinet, Zubin Kanga on piano, Bethan Lloyd on cello and myself on violin) in a new piece by Paul Evernden:
Another Soundcloud gem is Lisa Illean‘s “Rose” which was recorded last year during its première at the Royal College of Music as part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts programme…
And this première happened at the Royal College of Music earlier this month; Lara Poe‘s new piece “Train To I Don’t Know” for violin, viola, cello, clarinets, saxophone and trombone:
Listening to music; making music; being able to be so carefree and have our minds taken off the worries in our lives through music; sadly that’s a luxury which is not available to everyone. Every little thing we can do to enable more people to experience the beauty of music making, is incredibly valuable and important. My friends and colleagues, Lucy Claire and Naomi McLean went to Sweden last year to give music workshops to refugees. This April they will go back to continue the workshops and they are hoping to leave some musical equipment (including a cello) with the teenagers there. Please read more about the project, watch their video, and donate if you can!
As ever, thanks for reading, have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget that the clocks will go forward tonight!
March 25 at 7pm, Bournemouth Pavillion: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
March 31 at 7.30pm, Hall for Cornwall, Truro: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
April 18 at 7.30pm, Royal Albert Hall, London: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
April 26 at 7.30pm, Lighthouse Poole: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
April 27 at 7.30pm, Colston Hall, Bristol: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
April 29 at 7.30pm, Sage Gateshead, Newcastle: Royal Northern Sinfonia
May 3 at 7.30pm, Blackheath Halls – Great Hall, London: Riot Ensemble
May 5 at 1pm, St John’s Waterloo, London: Macéma Piano Trio
May 9 at 1pm, St Stephen Walbrook, London: Ensemble Nova Luce
May 10 at 8pm, The Victoria Dalston, London: The Guastalla Quartet – Nonclassical
May 14 at 4pm, Maidenhead Music Society: Ensemble Nova Luce
May 20 at 5pm, Birmingham Jazz Legends Festival: Four Plus Three
May 21 at 6pm, Islington Proms, London: Ensemble Nova Luce
June 3 at 7.30pm, Cambridge University: Sequoia Trio
June 8 at 6.30pm, Handel House, London: Handel Fugues & John Cage