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!

Upcoming gigs – Spring 2014

Sunday March 2nd – Madwort’s Mechanical Mindset @ Jazz at the Salisbury, 8:30pm

The Mechanical Mindset featuring Dave O’Brien will be hitting North London’s Salisbury Hotel on Green Lanes, alongside the Josef Stout Sextet.
8:30pm at The Salisbury Hotel‎, 1 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, London N4 1JX

Monday March 24th – Trio Riot featuring the Saxoctopus @ Vortex, 8:30pm

A new collaboration has its first outing at Trio Riot‘s Vortex gig. After Trio Riot’s set, they will be augmented by a further six saxophone players (including myself) for a total of eight saxophones. Chaos ensues.

Tuesday April 22nd – Ti/om @ Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston

Ti/om will be playing at Dalston’s Servant Jazz Quarters as one of three Brockley-centric improvising duos. With the other duos Ripsaw Catfish (feat. Anton Hunter & Cath Roberts) & the duo of Colin Webster with Graham Dunning it promises to be a great night!

Thursday April 24th – Ti/om @ LUME at the Long White Cloud, Hackney

Playing at the lovely Long White Cloud cafe in Hoxton alongside Molino de Otoño, featuring John Garcia RuedaGabriella Swallow and Visa Kuoppala.

May – Philip Clouts Quartet

I’ll be taking the place of Carlos Lopez-Real for a few dates of the Philip Clouts Quartet. More details to follow…

  • Fri 2 May @ Honiton, east Devon
  • Sat 3 May @ Stogumber, north Somerset
  • Wed 21 May @ Pembrokeshire