My own group Séb Pipe's Life Experience has existed since 2005 but the personnel has changed over the years (including Arthur Lea - piano/keyboards, Larry Bartley - double bass, Chris Vatalaro - drums, Phil Donkin - double and electric bass, Richard Gold - guitar, Kevin Glasgow - bass & George Hart - drums. The band has performed around the U.K. in the usual jazz venues such as Pizza Express Dean Street, Dempsey's Cardiff and St Ives Jazz club. We have recorded 3 albums so far, the 3rd of which I've decided to put up here to download to for free!
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Press quotes: "Life Experience’s music is ripe, bursting with infectious youthful energy, instantly recognisable and immensely appealing, even to the uninitiated. Their music melds spiky song structures and heavy grooves; interweaving jazz, classical, folk, Latin and African undercurrents and features multiple melodic and rhythmic layers, cleverly woven together over catchy bass lines and poly-rhythmic drum patterns. Combined with the band’s charismatic, high octane energy and engaging stage presence, the music instantly captivating!"
Séb Pipe presents two sets of contrasting duos, both with long time collaborateurs: Kevin Glasgow (the 6 string bassist and rhythmic driving force within Pipe’s own Life Experience group) and Will Butterworth (who Séb most recently performed with during Butterworth’s musical reenactment the Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story, ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’).
The Pipe/Glasgow duo showcases original melodic concepts, interspaced with chordal bass playing and unorthodox approaches, whilst the Pipe/Butterworth duo features wondrous harmonic landscapes, singing melodies and dynamic subtlety. Both groups feature creative original compositions and spontaneous interplay at the highest level. They will be joined by special guest Fujita Ohgetsu from Tokyo who will be creating spontaneous contemporary calligraphy, projected for all to see as the music unfolds.
“Performance life as a musician is often varied - you find yourself in all kinds of musical encounters with a broad range of personalities and styles. I am fortunate within a large city to have met a breadth of musical talent, whom I both respect and admire. Through chance, or even destiny perhaps, I have frequently found myself performing in groups of two. I instantly felt at home in this setting, thanks to a sense of clarity within the musical dialogue. Hence, the premise of the Tandem project was born. I wanted to showcase our own unique personalities in the compositions, as well as allowing room for exploration. The aim is to home in on the nuances of musical conversation, using space, density, polyphony, rhythmic interplay and harmonic exploration. Playing as a duo is certainly liberating, but with that comes a huge responsibility to support one another at all times, as we paint our musical canvas in tandem.” Séb Pipe
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