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Winner of the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition in 2016, Billy Marrows will be leading his octet in music from his gamelan-influenced Gamelancaster suite alongside new original works in a double bill with Sam Braysher’s trio at Jazz Nursery
Billy was inspired by hearing gamelan on a trip to Java in summer 2016, and wrote a suite exploring concepts from gamelan. The suite was written to fulfil a commission from Lancaster Youth Jazz, and premiered at the 2016 Lancaster Jazz Festival.
Since then, the music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now via BBC Introducing.
The octet is in a double bill with alto saxophonist Sam Braysher’s trio will also include the premiere of a new work for octet experimenting with counterpoint and canonic writing, entitled Scenes from the Underground.
Billy Marrows – guitar
Will Barry – piano
Will Harris – bass
Luke Tomlinson – drums
James Copus – trumpet
Tom Smith – alto saxophone
Tom Barford – tenor and soprano saxophones
Olli Martin -trombone