Groups, Duos, people and other things I am working on, or with, at the moment.
Grew and Watts-Stephen Grew piano/ Trevor Watts / alto & soprano sax.
Artist of the Year- a collation of Stephen's work curated by Phil Morton.
Hanslip, Grew, Cutteridge- Mark Hanslip/Tenor Saxophone, Stephen Grew/Piano and Alexander Cutteridge/Electronics.
Grew, Simpson, Blezard- Stephen Grew/Piano, Ian Simpson/Electric Guitar and Shaun Blezard/Electronics.
Grew Quartet- Stephen Grew piano / Matt Robinson clarinets / Seth Bennett double bass / Phillip Marks percussion.
'Total improvisation in expert hands. An unscripted experience exchanging traditional melody and song structure for new expressions of lyricism and playfulness'.
The following 2 bands are no longer together:
Grew Trio- Richard Scott/Soprano Saxophone, Phillip Marks/ Percussion and Stephen Grew/Piano.
Grutronic- Richard Scott/buchla lightning, analogue synthesizer, sampler, processing,
Stephen Grew/keyboard, processing, David Ross/ Drosscillator, Nicholas Grew/transduction, processing.
Grutronic aimed to:
'to utilise to the full the flexibility offered by electronic means to create new freedom from fixed musical roles. Part of the music is finding what our roles should be, depending on what is going on (or what we think is going on) at any given moment . If playing saxophone or drums for example, even in the context of free music and with the most extended of techniques, the role one can play is limited by the physical possibilities of the instrument. The flexibility of our electronics gives us many possible roles from which to choose. Any member can play lead, rhythm, bass, ensemble, evolving textures etc. in our group. We can achieve a kind of ‘unity’ with electronics, quite different to that we have experienced as acoustic players. Often, when the music is really happening, it’s very hard to tell exactly who is doing what – this is usually a sign that things are going well!.'
SOLO 'Note Explosion' with a National Tour for 2020, various dates in the UK and further dates in Austria, Slovakia and Germany for 2020, plus a project with possible collaborations in S. Korea and Taiwan for 2021.
Plus more dates with the great sax veteran Trevor Watts!