Upcoming gigs Autumn/Winter 2014

Sunday October 5th – Quadraceratops @ The Vortex, Dalston

After a lot of hard work by bandleader Cath Roberts, we’re very pleased to present the first Quadraceratops album at the London launch party!

Tuesday October 7th – Quadraceratops @ Freedom Principle, Manchester

The Northern leg of the album launch!

October 31st to November 7th – Philip Clouts tour @ Various places in Scotland

I’m again replacing Carlos Lopez-Real for a tour around Scotland with Philip Clouts.

London Jazz Festival

Tuesday November 18th – Paulo Duarte @ Charlie Wright’s, Hoxton

I’ll be depping for Chris Williams on alto with Paulo Duarte’s band.

Thursday November 20th – Quadraceratops @ LUME, London White Cloud, Hoxton

The first of two LJF shows by the Quadraceratops

Sunday November 23rd – Quadraceratops @ Jazz in the Round

We’re very happy to be playing on the Jazz in the Round stage at the South Bank centre. Timings TBC!

Madwort’s Menagerie at the Vortex – Review

We had a wonderful time playing the new Menagerie charts to a packed & receptive Vortex audience!

Also, Alya Al-Sultani was there who reviewed the gig for LondonJazz. She said:

“Overall thought-provoking, entertaining with clever instrumentation and the beginning of something utterly unique.”

Madwort’s Menagerie at the Vortex

I’m very excited to be debuting my latest project at the Vortex on Sunday Aug 3rd as part of the new LUME at the Vortex season.

“After a momentary glimpse in a misfiring big band rehearsal, Tom Ward has been bugged by an overheard snippet of a weird quartet comprising bass clarinet, flute, trumpet and trombone. Transmogrifying some of his compositions for sax quartet, hybridising this with his free improv duo Ti/om and finally balancing woodwind, brass and strings with the addition of a cello, Tom is proud to present Madwort’s Menagerie. Featuring some incredible improvising musicians with a full spectrum of credits ranging from the London Improvisers Orchestra through Brass Mask, the Overground Collective, Quadraceratops and The Imaginary Delta to Sinfonia Cymru and the London Tango Orchestra.”

Tom Ward – bass clarinet, flute, composition
Julie Kjaer – flute, alto flute
Alex Bonney – trumpet
Magnus Dearness – trombone
Adam Spiers – cello
Tim Fairhall – double bass

LUME at the Vortex

Upcoming gigs Summer 2014

Sunday Aug 3rd – Madwort’s Menagerie @ The Vortex, Dalston

The first outing of a brand new line-up comprising flute, cornet, trombone, bass clarinet, cello & double bass! More details to follow…

Various events, May 2014

A varied month of music – a few gigs in the west country with the Philip Clouts quartet, an unexpected last-minute call to play bass clarinet in a rehearsal for the e17 large ensemble which turned out to be a video shoot(!), playing cuban songs with a voice/alto sax/congas trio, playing with Chris Dowding at John Hegley’s night at the Betsey Trotwood and going to see lots of gigs – the highlight of which was clearly Loose Tubes at Ronnie Scott’s, but Louis Moholo-Moholo at Cafe Oto wasn’t far behind!