|Tom Farmer with Empirical’s Urban Music Award|
Empirical were named ‘Best Jazz Act’ at Urban Music Awards 2016 – following on from their Parliamentary Award earlier in the year. They have also just announced that they will be curating a series of concerts and Kings Place – of which the first two events have so far been announced:
Empirical were named Best Jazz Act at the 14th Urban Music Awards, held at Porchester Hall, London, on Saturday 26th November. He other nominees included Esperanza Spalding, Moses Boyd, Bill Laurance, Kit Downes, Michael Janisch, Jacob Collier and Cory Henry.
Empirical announce ‘Curated by Empirical’ concert series at Kings Place. The blurb says: “The band is curating a series of high-profile performances for the ‘Jazz at Kings Place’ programme, launching on Friday 3rd February 2017. The series presents concerts by artists who are an important force on the UK and international music scenes and features special one-off collaborations and premieres of new projects.”
Friday 3rd February 2017
Jason Rebello on piano and Jean Toussaint on tenor saxophone,
Empirical to explore the music of Andrew Hill.
Saturday 13th May 2017
UK launch of Andrew McCormack’s new Graviton project – with Eska – vocals, Jean Toussaint – tenor saxophone, Robin Mullarkey – electric bass, Anton Eger – drums.