head here to buy the single/pre-order the album: https://strut.lnk.to/Flock
I’m very excited to finally be able to announce new collaborative project Flock, with our first single ‘Expand’ out now, and album (both on Strut Records) available to pre-order! More about us:
Flock is a brand new collaboration between five leading musicians from London’s open-minded jazz and experimental scenes: Bex Burch (Vula Viel), Sarathy Korwar, Dan “Danalogue” Leavers (Soccer96, The Comet Is Coming), Al MacSween (Maisha) and Tamar Osborn (Collocutor).
Gathering together at The Fish Factory in London Summer 2020, the approach was to try something fresh. “I wrote texts as scores for the session and the emphasis was on breathing and listening to each other,” explains Bex Burch. “Improvisation is composition in itself,” continues Burch, “so although the music was freely improvised, we sometimes chose to stay on form and rhythm, repeating melodies and groove. As Dan commented on the day, we ‘murmurated’. The expansive 13-minute piece ‘How Many Are One’ on the album is the perfect example, a collective following and leading as the music developed.”
Other tracks include the pulsing, searching opener ‘Expand’, the taught soundscape ‘Prepare To Let Go’ and the frenetic, urgent ‘Bold Dream’. At times widescreen and cinematic and at others more tense and claustrophobic, each Flock piece explores its own colour and mood.
“Some of the band had actually never met in person before the session. We played virtually together for the Boiler Room. So every moment in this process has been a new journey into the unknown. It goes to show that we were never in control even when we thought we were, and yet we made it. Everyone came, breathed and brought openness of heart, ears, lungs and wings.”
Tonight sees the debut performance of the second instalment of the Riverine series (the first being Goole Soundings), created in collaboration with my brother, flautist/composer/multidisciplinary artist Gavin Osborn.
We continue exploring the River Ouse, this time concentrating on the histories and stories of the river and its bridges in York. Saints and sinners, angels and industry, high water and epic arches…
7.30pm, National Centre for Early Music, York
Tickets available here
Streaming from the Verdict Jazz club in Brighton, we play an improvised set exploring our collective influences from jazz and beyond.
Yusuf Ahmed – drums
Jihad Darwish – bass and sitar
Tamar Osborn – baritone sax, woodwinds
Idris Rahman – tenor sax, woodwinds
21st May 2021, 8.30pm (BST)
tickets available here
Just released by Emanative, made via the magic of the internet during the first week of official quarantine in the UK. Hope it helps keep people calm!
Very happy to announce that Collocutor’s new album ‘Continuation’ is finally here, officially released this Friday 21st Feb by On The Corner Records, with artwork by the ever-amazing Victoria Topping. Head over to Bandcamp or check your local record shop…
Here’s a little solo taster ahead of Collocutor’s gig at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, as part of the 10th anniversary of their Late Night Jazz series. Tickets and info: