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!
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
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!)
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.
May 7, 2015
Here are my charts for the Playtime Film & TV theme night.
May 29, 2014
Been an incredible few weeks. So many incredible gigs and experiences…. Been a real privilege to travel round scotland with these fabulous musicians and dancers. PLUS very professional and positive guys to work with. Last two nights did gigs
May 28, 2014
I was working in the SEN school and nothing I normally do worked so I had to start thinking of it as a free jazz improvisation and then it was really cool.
December 29, 2012
Tom Bancroft & Daouda (Labouzo) from Mali jam on djembe and bodhran in Kokrobite, Ghana.
I hung out a lot with Daouda on my second trip to Ghana and learnt a lot from him and he was also a very open musician and interested in doing things like this.
When I went back to Ghana Daouda had gone back to Mali and I had no way of contacting him.
So one of these days I am planning a trip to Mali to find Daouda...
Daouda - if you find this please get in touch!
Tom Bancroft & Daouda (Labouzo) from Mali jam on djembe and bodhran in Kokrobite Ghana.