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CityFest - Live Music

1.7.2017
Alex Simmons

Alex Simmons

Hope in High Water

Hope in High Water

Tom Syson

Tom Syson

Alex Simmons
Hope in High Water
Tom Syson

Alex Simmons

CityFest - Live Music

Alex Simmons, Hope in High Water and Tom Syson and Jacky Naylor Duo

Saturday 1 July / 7.30pm / Free

This event is held at Middleton Hall, centre:mk

 

Alex Simmons 

Alex Simmons is a songwriter and collector of sounds, based in Rothwell, England, better known for his roles in Hat Dimension and Big Evil Grin, both local Northampton bands inspired by the nihilistic sounds of post punk. Seeking adventure and inspired by the natural world, Alex's solo music plays on ideas of escapism depicting softer stories and sounds from a simpler life, away from the hustle, clicks and traffic of modern day.

https://soundcloud.com/alexedsimmons

 

Hope in High Water 
Hope In High Water are a duo from Milton Keynes, UK whose distinctly British take on acoustic Americana has captivated audiences across the UK since early 2014. The pair incorporate folk, blues and country into their compositions, delivering what Rock’n’Reel Magazine describe as ‘exuberant songs performed with passion and intensity’.
https://www.hopeinhighwater.com

Tom Syson and Jacky Naylor Duo 
Tom Syson is a trumpeter and creative musician based in the UK. He is, 'one of the most interesting voices in the emerging generation of improvisers' and is 'happy to take risks'. He has played with musicians such as Jacqui Dankworth, Alex Garnett and Arnie Somogyi, and has played at venues/events such as Ronnie Scotts, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, The Barbican and The Royal Albert Hall. Tom currently plays lead trumpet in The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and holds a chair in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as having played with other ensembles including the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

 

Jacky Naylor is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger based in Birmingham. In 2012, he was awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship to study on the bespoke Jazz course at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was under the tuition and guidance of John Taylor, John Turville, Liam Noble, Percy Pursglove and Andrew Bain. 

 

Since an early age, Big band music has been a major influence and source of inspiration to Jacky and his music, and in 2015, he won the Birmingham Conservatoire Composition and Arranging Prize with his arrangement of Thelonious Monk’s Rhythm-a-ning, performed by the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Judy Niemack. Over the next year Jacky continued to study, analyse and hone his big band compositional approaches and techniques and completed his debut big band album Rough Boundaries, which was performed and recorded by Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. The album is made up of 5 compositions about 5 different cities in Europe and beyond (Moscow, Bilbao, Stockholm, Reykjavik and Marrakech), and draws upon the notion of describing a place through sound, rather than words. The album was launched at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and The Vortex, London and has received critical acclaim and 4 star reviews across the board. 

 

Duo provided by Auris Music Agency. www.aurismusicagency.com

 

 

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