Archive: Deep Trouble Trio (Paul Rogers, Mark Sanders and Sarah Gail Brand) + Theo May + Flying Down Trio – Friday 30th June – Smokey Joe’s



Deep Trouble Trio

Deep Trouble is a trio of Europe’s most compelling improvisers. All three have collaborated with each other in other groupings but this is the first outing for this new ensemble. Improvised Music with percussive, textural and melodic intensity from three captivating musicians.

Sarah Gail Brand (trombone)

Described by The Wire magazine as “the most exciting trombone player for years” Sarah Gail Brand has recorded and performed on the international Improvised Music and Jazz scene since the early 1990s with Mark Sanders, John Edwards, Elton Dean, Evan Parker, Phil Minton, Veryan Weston, Lol Coxhill, Maggie Nicols, Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Beresford, Georg Graewe, writer and comedian Stewart Lee and countless others. Sarah fronts her own tunes quartet (Sarah Gail Brand Sextet), has a long standing duo with drummer Mark Sanders, and a trio with John Edwards and Steve Beresford and continues to work as a soloist and in ad hoc ensembles. As well as being a composer, Sarah’s trombone work ranges from playing Improvised Music and Jazz, studio session work to arranging & playing in pop and rock music. Sarah is a music therapist and a professor of Improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London and leads workshops on improvisation around the world. Recordings of Sarah Gail’s work can be found on the Emanem and regardless record labels.

Paul Rogers (double bass)

Paul Rogers is a virtuoso musician playing an AAL 7 string bass of his own design. He has played with countless major musicians on the European and US Jazz and Improvised Music scenes for over 40 years. He was a member of the influential group Mujician with Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall and Tony Levin and performed and recorded with trombonist Paul Rutherford.

As well as leading his own groups in the UK and France- including the highly regarded trio Wahay based on the music of Charles Mingus- Paul performs regularly in Europe as a soloist.

Mark Sanders (drums)

Mark has worked with a host of renowned musicians including Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Mathew Shipp, Evan Parker, Roswell Rudd, in duo and quartets with Wadada Leo Smith and trios with Charles Gayle with Sirone and William Parker.

In situations using composition Mark works in a number of projects including Christian Marclay’s Everyday for film and live music and John Butcher’s Tarab Cuts– both projects have performed major festivals throughout Europe and Brazil. He has performed works by guitarist John Coxon in Glasgow and Sydney playing with the Scottish and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. With New York’s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn’s The Tempest in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival.

Mark also works in the groups of Paul Dunmall including Deep Whole Trio with Paul Rogers, and the ensembles of Sarah Gail Brand, including a long-standing duo. He has a lengthy discography including a solo album, has performed internationally and played at major festivals including, Nickelsdorf, Ulrichsburg, Womad & notably at Glastonbury with legendary saxophonist John Tchicai.


Theo May (Solo Violin)

Theo May has always had his own, idiosyncratic approach to music-making. This creative sensibility has been directly informed by independent discovery, with intuition at its core. Although his primary focus is Composition, playing the Violin has always been extremely important to him and it is this practical approach to musical creativity which continues to inform and nourish his own writing.

Formal Musical guidance came initially from the South West Music School, and it was during this time that Theo had the chance to work with some mercurial individuals from varied musical disciplines. He also made his first recording of completely freely improvised music with internationally renowned free jazz pioneers Keith and Julie Tippetts, musicians who have been deeply influential and supportive to him. In 2014, Theo began studying composition and violin at The Purcell School, being guided in his compositional studies by acclaimed London based composer Joseph Phibbs.

In his time at the Purcell School, he also set up many groups with the purpose of playing his own music, most notably his String Quintet, which is in ongoing development, with concerts planned in the next year. His musical interests cover a wide range of genres, with contemporary Jazz and modern Classical music being of particular significance to him.

In 2016, he began studying composition at the RCM with Mark-Anthony Turnage.

In this concert Theo be playing a set of purely improvised music. Theo says: “I see improvising as the seed from which all music grows. Nothing about the music will be pre-conceived or rehearsed beforehand, I will simply go where the music takes me!”

The last time Theo played his violin at Xposed Club he had the audience spellbound with some beautiful playing don’t miss this one!


Flying Down Trio (Mike Adcock various and roof slates/Mark Unsworth electronics/keyboard and roof slates/Stuart Wilding percussion and roof slates)

The Flying Down Trio features Mike Adcock on piano, accordion and roof slates and other bits and pieces, Mark Unsworth on keyboards and roof slates and Stuart Wilding percussion and roof slates. The music they play is rooted in free improvisation, creating textural soundscapes in which any number of musical events can and do occur, sometimes vibrant and explosive, on other occasions haunting and melodic.

Mike, Mark and Stuart are all based in Cheltenham, are part of the Cheltenham Improvisers Orchestra and have played together in different contexts over the last few years. Stuart featured on Mike’s CD In the case of darkness (33 Records).

The Flying Down Trio’s CD, Sheffield on the Wavetable label was recorded in the city of that name at a gig put on by sax and bass clarinet player Mick Beck who features on the final track, along with drummer Phil Marks.

Doors at 8pm.

Ticket price £7 and £3 students. Email to reserve tickets.

Please note this performance takes place at Smokey Joe’s, 15-17 Bennington St, Cheltenham GL50 4ED, which can be found here.

(Photo of Mark Sanders by Bruce Milpied)


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