Here are details of tours, recordings and performances:
24th Febuary, 2016, Brighton- The Verdict Jazz Club, 8pm.
Since the 1960s Trevor Watts has been at the forefront of many innovations as a saxophone player, percussionist and composer. He is the only founder member of The Spontaneous Music Ensemblestill left – other founder members were John Stevens & Paul Rutherford, and later members included Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Evan Parker and Derek Bailey. His Amalgam group began in 1967 with bassist Barry Guy and trombonist Paul Rutherford, and he was a founder member of Barry Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra. He was the instigator behind the Moire Music Group and The Drum Orchestra, which involved musicians from North and South Africa and Latin America. He has played with many great US jazz musicians, including Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Kent Carter, Rashied Ali, Steve Swallow and Bobby Bradford
Stephen Grew is a pianist and electronic keyboard player based in Lancaster UK. He is in several bands, Grutronic, an electronic improvising quartet, Grew quartet, an acoustic 4 piece, and also plays with violinist Graham Clark, drummer Tony Bianco and saxophonist Evan Parker.
An evening of discoveries! Both soloists have been active for decades, but international recognition has not been given them as much as they deserve. Experience with us two hidden treasures of European improvisation art!
Stephen Grew Piano solo
Stephen Grew on Stephen Grew: " My music generates itself out of the immediate need to play the piano, it was created over thousands of hours of improvised play and will be in a continuous stream of new ideas of sounds, technique, moods, structures, tonality and spirituality constantly evolve. "
The Englishman Stephen Grew is still one of the best-kept secrets of European improvised piano playing. After his duo with brother Nicholas eight years ago, he now visits the Open Ears as a soloist.
The Lancaster-based pianist with an improvised set spanning two pianos at opposite ends of the minster…
Stephen Grew is the improvising pianist who has led a series of varied and successful ensembles, often with his brother Nic Grew. This has included Grutronic (which included David Ross, another performer in this year’s YARMONICS), Grew Trio (with electronics improviser Richard Scott), and the Grew Quartet (with double bassist Dominic Lash).
More recently, Stephen has released a duo album with the vibraphonist Martin Pyne, a second duo album with the Manchester-based pianist Adam Fairhall, on the Tombed Visions label, and a quartet album with saxophonist Mark Hanslip on the same label.
For YARMONICS, Stephen will respond to the acoustics of Great Yarmouth Minster, with multiple pianos placed around the space, and possibly a debut organ performance…