I am so lucky, as a musician, to have to extend my listening in the way that doing the research for presenting a radio show does. And I also deeply enjoy the two hours week when I’m actually doing Mixed Marriage, and the Planet at this point, when I can immerse myself in incredible music going out over the airwaves.
by Phil Sandford | Mike Gibbs has integrated jazz, classical and popular influences in his composing and arranging into a distinctive sound that is fresh and interesting. Now living in Spain he continues to compose and explore new ways of expressing his musical ideas.
“I guess I consider myself an ‘intuitive’ composer in that everything I’ve written so far seems to have been written in a slightly different way. I don’t have one method – one approach of sitting down and writing in a particular way. “
“With me and Adam, there’s a bit of both in the relationship…each of us knows each other’s style and world of ideas very well, but the duo format is a new adventure – which will challenge us into new directions!”
“Having two horn players allows me to think orchestrally but still enables me to play with the flexibility I so enjoy with the trio format…” – Mike Nock talks to us about his recent CD ‘Hear and Know’ and tells us what he’s listening to now…
Marc Hannaford releases two digital recordings – a quintet release called ‘Ordinary Madness’ and a trio release ‘Sarcophile’. We ask him ‘why digital?’ and talk about the music…
Mike Nock has released a new CD Hear and Know on his own FWM label. We spoke to him about the CD and his other projects. Miriam Zolin: How did it come about and what do you personally like about the Trio plus / quintet format? Mike Nock: I invited Ken Allars to join the …
“…I have been trying to work on finding a balance between the experimental, improvisational elements and the more functional melodic, harmonic worlds that I love exploring…”
“I was reading Cormac McCarthy a lot, just reading, without a purpose, and I kept going back there and reading it again and again.”
“All of the singers are very accomplished musicians, who are open minded, interested in exploring new territories and are all great improvisers.”