PIE 7 moments

October 1, 2017

Su McKenzie and PIEMASTER Martin Green

George Burt & c'est moi..

Pete Furniss and his computer in dialogue...

Members of the PIE audience jam on Martin Green's rig in the interval.

The great George Burt and Su McKenzie


Dolphin Boy & Playtime Trio 3

September 15, 2017

At the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival at Soundhouse.org stage. July 2017. DJ Dolphin Boy on decks Graeme Stephen guitar Martin Kershaw saxophone Tom Bancroft drums filmed by Betty Boop


Dolphin Boy & Playtime Trio 2

At the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival at Soundhouse.org stage. July 2017. DJ Dolphin Boy on decks Graeme Stephen guitar Martin Kershaw saxophone Tom Bancroft drums filmed by Betty Boop


Dolphin Boy & Playtime Trio 1

At the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival at Soundhouse.org stage. July 2017. DJ Dolphin Boy on decks Graeme Stephen guitar Martin Kershaw saxophone Tom Bancroft drums filmed by Betty Boop


The Necks and the BBC SSO

May 8, 2017

When I have seen the Necks play they have always made me reconsider what music is and what it is for (both as a listener and a player) in a way that I have always found really cool, and I had that same experience this time but also with the symphony orchestra within that territory that is being redefined - it is redefining roles and expectations and demands on people (including audiences) and certainly orchestral musicians. It is fascinating to watch their body language and so many levels of meaning. And the bottom line was there were many moments where the orchestral element sounded really cool and to me it was a real sonic success. I saw Butch Morris doing his conducted improvisation with jazz musicians and really enjoyed it and I really enjoyed this too. That there will likely be very mixed opinions on it absolutely comes with the turf but for what it is worth that was mine!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05274dq


Nice video from last summer

April 3, 2017

Nice video from the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Last year. 

See longer full length video here.

Tom Bancroft presented one of our EXPO projects last year - here what he has to say about it...To see the full video, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPNpPPmGeEE&feature=youtu.be

Posted by Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival on Monday, 3 April 2017


A Metaphor for a Jazz Life

March 24, 2017

A metaphor for a jazz life on many levels. 

I sat on the roundabout pedalled and nothing happened and I thought - "this roundabout is broken and that is a metaphor for life so I should make a video". Halfway through the video I tried pedalling backwards and found it works fine. So in fact instead of being broken I had sat on it the wrong way and blamed the roundabout and not questioned myself. Then I realised that was in a way a better metaphor for life... at least my life! And then my cameraman (who shall remain nameless but you know who you are) obscured the action with his thumb.


December 21, 2016

How to not be an Arsehole by an Arsehole

I am working on accepting and admitting that I am at times an arsehole.

An arsehole who denies he or she is an arsehole is a much bigger arsehole and much harder to be around.

An arsehole who accepts he or she is an arsehole and takes responsibility and apologises (without needing to be asked) when he or she is an arsehole is hardly an arsehole at all.

So by admitting and accepting that you are an arsehole you kind of stop really being an arsehole.

It is known as the arsehole/not an arsehole paradox.

That is it.

(This post on Facebook was the origin of Arsehole Force!)


Caber Yuletide log Free Download

This is definitely the best ever Scottish Jazz Christmas CD and (after enough whisky) is also arguably the best jazz Christmas CD ever. And it is a free download so please share download and enjoy.

https://cabermusicallstars.bandcamp.com/releases


Charts from Playtime

May 7, 2015

Here are my charts for the Playtime Film & TV theme night.