Composition

the Beatnik Preachers...

2019 will see the launch, inaugural performances and recordings of my newly formed quartet, the Beatnik Preachers. A twist on Jazz and Beat Poetry combining my love for improvisation and the spoken word. The project is not an attempt to re-invent ‘the wheel’ but it is indeed fitting some White-Wall Tyres to the Jazz-mobile.

The project will be launched at a private event (invitation only) in late February 2019. The quartet features: Tony King (double bass), Robbie Mercer (drums), Joel Smithard (piano) and yours truly on Trumpet and Spoken Pictures (poetry).

the Beatnik Preachers - musically evocative, lyrically provocative… Stay tuned

the VANITY of TREES: Padma Newsome

Absolutely delighted to support the release of this sonic tapestry by dear friend and colleague Padma Newsome. The album is a collective of works featuring the wonderful artistry of this beautiful man. I am thrilled to have been involved in bringing this to life. Best wishes and congratulations Padma x. https://padmanewsome.bandcamp.com/album/the-vanity-of-trees

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Strings @ ToKwerX...

Well, virtually. In the form of the EastWest Hollywood Strings library I am using for the track "UnRavel" by Erin Downie & Rebellious Bird. As recommended I've recorded the sections of the string ensemble separately, through some slightly overdriven API Vision strip (UAD) and some usual Valve analogue harmonic distortion (a la ToKwerX) then brought them back into the session as four stereo tracks. Oh Phükk! These are incredible. Don't get me wrong, I adore real strings, but the price tag of recording the 20+ players to produce the parts I've now written... that's way out of my budget. So for the first production using my new Christmas String Ensemble (thanx Santa) I am absolutely elated. Sincere apologies to my friends at the MSO.

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"Blood Trust" Hollywood Premiere

The short film "Blood Trust" which features an original score by yours truly has been selected to screen at the 18th Dances with Films festival in Hollywood LA, USA. Congrats to director Alberto Di Troia and producer Laura Faulkner on this wonderful news - I expect a postcard at least.

The score style is Italian melodrama and features acoustic instruments, weaving amongst the themes of the main characters. Recorded at the "Brian Brown Studio" (VCA) then mixed and mastered at ToKwerX with wonderful performances by: Jo Abbott (Accordian), Mike Jordan (Kit), Jonathan Zion (Ac Bass), Justin DV (Guitar/Mandolin), ToK (Trumpet).

Blood Trust Score Ensemble

My immense thanks to the fine musicians who graced the Brian Brown Studio @ VCA on Saturday for the recording of the score for the short-film "Blood Trust." In what was a rather tight time frame we managed to capture not only the composed themes but also some wonderful incidentals from each of the instruments. Michael Jordan on Drums, Jonathan Zion on Dbl Bass, Jo Abbott on Accordion and Justin Dellevergin on classical guitar. Yesterday I spent the day at ToKwerX recording the trumpet and preparing the session for mixing. I am sincerely grateful to these amazing musicians for their performances.

Justin Dellevergin, Jo Abbott, Jonathan Zion, ToK, Michael Jordan.

Justin Dellevergin, Jo Abbott, Jonathan Zion, ToK, Michael Jordan.

Beautiful Things

Sometimes a quote is all you need to inspire a song - and a life experience. Considering the bleak manner in which I closed out 2013 here is something positive that is currently under pen to herald in 2014, inspired by a quote from James Thurber.

Like the moon on a lake as it shimmers at night

Like a bird on the wind as she struggles with flight

Like a mother and child for the very first time

Like Picasso drawing the perfect line

Like wildflowers on a desert plain

Like hearing your lover call your name

 

Beautiful Things

They seldom last

Beautiful Things

Slip from my grasp

But truly Beautiful Things

They never ask

 

Like a wave that washes across your feet

Like a melodic phrase from a Mozart suite

Like a step-son calling you Dad

Like the first kiss we ever had

Like your favourite home-cooked meal

Like the very first heart you steal

 

Beautiful Things

They seldom last

Beautiful Things

Slip from my grasp

But truly Beautiful Things

They never ask

For attention

 

© ToKwerX 2014

 

Garage Band?

I have been searching the app store for days looking for a tool to assist with song writing whilst on the road - no, not whilst driving but touring or in an aircraft. Believe it or not the best option for this is Apple's Garage Band. Before you laugh at what you may think is a "toy" I challenge you to find a more comprehensive tool, with as many functions, ability to actually play parts, a sampler and audio record for vocals, effects . . . it just goes on and on. Now the most attractive aspect if you've already spent $100k on your studio like I have with ToKwerX; the app costs $5.99. Seriously, I recommend it for the ability to put down an idea but actually have some pretty serious production right at your fingertips. Check it out.