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 Autumn 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…

Thursday Sept 25th – Madwort Saxophone Quartet @ Lume, Long White Cloud, Hoxton

A rare London date for the sax quartet!

Sunday October 5th – Quadraceratops @ The Vortex, Dalston

The London launch party for the Quadraceratops album!

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

Upcoming gigs – early 2014

Wednesday Jan 8th – Madwort’s Mechanical Mindset @ the Vortex, 8:30pm

We’re very lucky to have the next outing of the Mechanical Mindset at the Vortex alongside Chris Dowding’s Atrocity.

Sunday Feb 2nd – Quadraceratops @ The Salisbury (Green Lanes), 8:30pm

Warm-up gig for the February Quadraceratops recording session, hosted by Jazz at the Salisbury. Should be a good one!

London Jazz Festival 2013 round-up

On the playing side, Cath RobertsQuadraceratops had a brilliant gig at Lume back at its old home Hundred Crows Rising opposite Dee Byrne‘s Entropi. There was a really good audience and the band continues to go from strength to strength. Despite being a South London resident these days, I also depped on bass clarinet & bari sax with the e17 large ensemble, which was a good chance to dust off the bass clarinet and get stuck in…

On the listening side, Wadada Leo Smith at Cafe Oto was immense. Incredibly powerful, expansive, engaging music, although the night that we were there the string quartet didn’t play a very large role. The visuals at that gig were also brilliant, it really felt like another member of the ensemble adding an extra dimension to the experience. Troykestra seemed like a great idea in principle, but was hampered by pretty poor sound in the Purcell Room.