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New Luminous release: Dee Byrne & Cath Roberts – Disembark!

Announcing a very special new album! LUME founders Cath Roberts and Dee Byrne release their first duo recording Disembark! today on Luminous. Recorded by Cath at Gun Factory Studios in April 2019, it was mixed by Alex Bonney and has original album artwork by Dee. Disembark! is a series of short, spontaneous improvisations that explore a dramatic range of textures, whilst maintaining the sense of an ongoing, inquisitive conversation. The recording came about after a series of live duo performances; going into the studio seemed like the next logical step. The release was originally planned for earlier in the summer, with a five date duo tour booked and ready to go, but that plan was derailed by the pandemic. Now, we’ve decided to get the music out there!

Dee and Cath have played together in many different ensembles since they started working together, most recently in February this year with MoonMot (see previous blog post), touring the UK and Europe to mark the sextet’s debut album just before COVID-19 shut all the venues down. Playing together as musicians has been part of a larger context, combined with running LUME projects together and releasing music through Luminous. It feels like a long time since the first release, Live At Lume Vol.1 in July 2015 – a collection of bootleg recordings from performances at LUME’s then regular night at The Long White Cloud in Hoxton. The label grew out of those Live At LUME fundraiser albums, and now five years on, Disembark! will be the thirteenth release on Luminous. With more scheduled this Autumn, we recommend you keep your ear to the ground!

Disembark! is available as a digital album via Bandcamp. No physical copies for now, but ask us again when touring is back on…

MoonMot ‘Going Down The Well’ European Tour 2020

This Spring, the Swiss/UK collaborative sextet MoonMot will tour in Europe to mark the release of their album ‘Going Down The Well’, out on 14th February on Swiss label Unit Records. LUME’s Dee Byrne worked with MoonMot trombonist Simon Petermann to book the dates, and the result is a fantastic twelve date tour:

17 FebruaryNQ Jazz, Manchester
18 FebruaryThe Vortex, London | buy tickets
19 FebruaryThe Lescar, Sheffield
20 FebruaryFUSE Art Space, Bradford
21 February  – The Bebop Club, Bristol
1 MarchLiverpool International Jazz Festival | buy tickets
8 March –  Metropol, Arnhem (NL)
9 March – Hot Club, Gent (BE)
10 March – Amsterdam (NL)
12 March – Off Bar, Basel (CH)
13 March – BeJazz, Bern (CH)
14 March – Kiste, Stuttgart (DE)

MoonMot brings together Swiss musicians Simon Petermann (trombone/electronics) and Oli Kuster (Fender Rhodes/electronics) with LUME’s Dee Byrne (alto saxophone/electronics), Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone), Johnny Hunter (drums) and Seth Bennett (double bass).

The ensemble emerged at the 10th edition of the Jazzwerkstatt Bern festival in 2017, when LUME were invited to perform as part of a CH/UK collaborative project. As artist-run platforms for improvised and original music, LUME and Jazzwerkstatt Bern share a lot of common ground, including a focus on the creation of new work and new ensembles. After the initial concert in Bern, LUME organised the return leg of the exchange: a slot supporting The Thing at London Jazz Festival 2017. In March 2019 under its new name MoonMot, the sextet reconvened for a six date Swiss tour including a performance at the BeJazz Transnational competition in Bern. While on tour they recorded ‘Going Down The Well’, showcasing compositions from all six band members.

You can pre-order the album from Bandcamp now, on LP, CD and digital download. See you on tour!

LUME on The Hello Goodbye Show: Winter Solstice 2019 Takeover!

On Saturday 21st December, LUME has been invited to take over Dexter Bentley’s Hello Goodbye Show on Resonance FM! To round off 2019 we’re looking forward to filling an entire radio show with LUME stuff. We’ll be playing some tasty tracks and talking about LUME projects past and present, plus there will be two live sets: one from Ti/om (Tom Ward and Tim Fairhall) and a duo set from Dee and Cath.

Tune in from 12 noon until 1.30pm to hear what we’ve got up our sleeves…

23 November 2019: LUME Barbican Free Stage slots at EFG London Jazz Festival

At this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, LUME will showcase two new projects that reflect the adventurous spirit of our music-making. Come down to the Barbican foyer (free entry!) on the afternoon of Saturday 23rd November to hear sets from:

5pm: Rachel Musson / Cath Roberts / Andrew Lisle

All active as collaborator, bandleaders and composers in their own right, Musson, Lisle and Roberts have joined forces in this new trio. Rachel Musson is a distinctive voice on the European scene, regularly collaborating with artists including Julie Kjær, Hannah Marshall, Olie Brice, Pat Thomas, Louis Moholo-Moholo and many more. Andrew Lisle is in demand as an improvising drummer in London and further afield, with ongoing projects including Kodian Trio, Alex Ward’s Item ensembles and his own trio with Charlotte Keeffe and Otto Willberg. LUME’s own Cath Roberts primarily plays baritone saxophone and can be found leading her ensembles Sloth Racket and Favourite Animals, in established duos with Anton Hunter and Benedict Taylor, and as bandmate in groups including Article XI, Vole and Madwort Saxophone Quartet.

Rachel Musson – tenor saxophone
Cath Roberts – alto saxophone
Andrew Lisle – drums

6pm: Deemer + 1

The brain-child of sound artist Merijn Royaards and saxophonist/composer/LUME co-conspirator Dee Byrne, Deemer started life in 2006 as a weekly improvisation/electronics session in a warehouse in Hackney Wick. Over the years the project has evolved into a continuing conversation that is always inquisitive, searching and fresh. The duo released their debut album ‘Interference Patterns’ on Luminous Label in 2015. Their second release ‘Live At The Vortex’ was released on cassette in 2016. They are currently working on their next release on Luminous, which will feature guest artists involved in their new Deemer + 1 project. For this special London Jazz Festival performance Deemer invites Manchester-based drummer, composer and bandleader Johnny Hunter as special guest for a heavy dose of sonic cookery.

Dee Byrne – alto saxophone
Merijn Royaards – electronics
Johnny Hunter – drums

A great year for Luminous releases!

As 2018 kicks off, we’ve been looking back at our 2017 releases on the Luminous label. We put out four albums last year: Sloth Racket’s second album ‘Shapeshifters’, the third volume of ‘Live At LUME’, Cath Roberts and Tullis Rennie’s duo album ‘Blurts/Growls’ and Cath’s large ensemble album with Favourite Animals! This meant that our catalogue almost doubled in size, and happily allowed us to make this handy square of Luminous covers for your perusal below.

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November and December activities

We have a couple of gigs coming up before 2017 is out. Read on for the lowdown on LUME plans for the next couple of months!

19th November: LUME/Jazzwerkstatt Bern @ Rich Mix for EFG London Jazz Festival

In February this year we were lucky enough to be invited to play at the tenth edition of the Jazzwerkstatt festival in Bern, Switzerland. Dee, Cath, Seth Bennett and Johnny Hunter – who had been working together around that time on the LUME quartet project Word Of Moth – travelled to Bern to collaborate with Swiss musicians, play a live set and take in the festival for the week. It was a fantastic trip, and when we got back we knew we had to organise a return leg somehow. Thanks to Serious, producers of EFG London Jazz Festival, we’re making it happen this month!

On Sunday 19th November, a UK/Swiss sextet made up of LUME and Jazzwerkstatt-affiliated musicians will play the support set for The Thing at Rich Mix. This will be a blast – we’re looking forward to revisiting the music and catching up with our Swiss friends. Tickets can be bought from the festival website, and the lineup is:

Dee Byrne – alto saxophone
Simon Petermann – trombone/electronics
Cath Roberts – baritone saxophone
Oli Kuster – keyboards
Seth Bennett – bass
Johnny Hunter – drums

1st December: Sloth Racket/The Hat Speaks @ Hundred Years Gallery

On the first Friday of December we’re having an end-of-year shindig at one of our favourite venues, Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton. Sloth Racket will play as part of a mini-tour to support their live album on the Tombed Visions label, and then the rest of the evening will be dedicated to a winter edition of our dice-and-hat improv session The Hat Speaks. We’ve lined up an exciting array of people to make up the nebulous ensemble of names in the hat:

Kim Macari – trumpet
Charlotte Keeffe – trumpet
Alex Bonney – cornet
Tullis Rennie – trombone

Alex Ward – clarinet
Tom Ward – saxophone, bass clarinet
Dee Byrne – alto saxophone
Cath Roberts – baritone saxophone
Sam Andreae – alto saxophone

John Macedo – electronics
Francesca Ter-Berg – cello/electronics

Seth Bennett – double bass
Huw V Williams – double bass

Simon Roth – drums
Liz Exell – drums

Doors will be 7.30pm, with the music starting at 8pm. Entry will be one Bank of England note.

Two projects for September

LUME is on hiatus this Autumn while Cath and Dee are working hard on other projects. Two of these are particularly relevant this month, so here’s the lowdown…

Entropi Moment Frozen album launch

The eagerly-anticipated second album from Entropi, Moment Frozen, is released this month on Whirlwind Recordings. To celebrate the release, Dee is taking the band on a UK tour including a special album release show at Kings Place on Friday 29th September. It promises to be a lovely evening and a great chance to hear the band playing their new album on home turf. Tickets are moving fast, so we advise getting yours as soon as you can: they’re available from the Kings Place website.

LUME regulars will know that Entropi explores a narrative of life-pondering, space-gazing and risk-taking through Dee’s striking compositions. Juggling order and chaos, composed material and improvisation, the group takes listeners on a journey with compelling group interplay, strong themes, dark grooves and interweaving melodic textures. Joining Dee in the band are four fantastic musicians, all of whom are in demand on the UK scene and beyond. It makes for a heavyweight lineup:

Dee Byrne alto saxophone
Andre Canniere trumpet
Rebecca Nash keyboard
Matt Fisher drums
Olie Brice bass

This gig will be something of a LUME social, so we’d love it if you can join us. Make sure you’re part of it by buying your tickets now!

Favourite Animals large ensemble album crowdfunder

While Dee is releasing and touring a new album this month, Cath is in the midst of the production of her own. Favourite Animals, the ten piece group originally formed for Cath’s residency at Lancaster Jazz Festival last year, went into the studio this August with Alex Bonney. They spent three days working at City, Uinversity of London – thanks to trombonist Tullis Rennie who works as a lecturer there – and recorded new versions of all the music from the Lancaster commission.

Favourite Animals is an extended version of Cath’s regular band Sloth Racket. The ten piece version adds woodwind and brass, and just generally more improvisers:

Graham South – trumpet
Tullis Rennie – trombone
Julie Kjær – flute/bass clarinet
Tom Ward – flute/bass clarinet
Dee Byrne – alto saxophone
Sam Andreae – tenor saxophone
Cath Roberts – baritone saxophone
Anton Hunter – guitar
Seth Bennett – bass
Johnny Hunter – drums

With a set of great takes waiting patiently on a hard drive, the next stage is raising the money to get the album out there. Cath is running a crowdfunding campaign this month to cover the musicians and engineers’ fees, the mixing and mastering, and the production of physical CD albums. The plan is to release the album on Luminous this December, to coincide with Favourite Animals’ joint tour with Article XI. With your help, we can finish the Luminous year with our most ambitious release to date! Check out the campaign page for more info about the project, photos from the session, and lots of backer perks to get your hands on…

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading, and keep any eye on the LUME social media channels through the month for more about these projects and some extremely exciting giveaways…

Thanks for a great festival!

Thanks to all who came out to spend their weekend with us at LUME Festival 2017 in June. We had a blast! Also massive thanks to Eduard for hosting us at IKLECTIK, to all the musicians who played, and to everyone who helped us out on the day (special mention to our awesome merch assistant Liz).

LUME is taking a break now, but watch this space for news of further activities in the coming months…


Dee Byrne leads the LUMEkestra at LUME Festival 2017 (photo by Bill Clifford)

LUMEkestra finale at LUME Festival 2017

A second incarnation of the LUMEkestra will emerge to play the closing set of LUME Festival 2017. This behemoth of a band will debut new compositions by Sam Andreae, Adam Fairhall, Dee Byrne and more to be announced. Check out the line-up below!

Advance tickets for the festival are on sale from our Bandcamp site: grab yours now…

Reeds
Sam Andreae – alto saxophone
Dee Byrne – alto saxophone
Rachel Musson – tenor saxophone
Cath Roberts – baritone saxophone
Tom Ward – bass clarinet
Colin Webster – saxophone

Brass
Tullis Rennie – trombone

Keys
Adam Fairhall
Rebecca Nash

Guitar
Paulo Dias Duarte
Anton Hunter
Ed Riches

Vibes/percussion/other small instruments
Martin Pyne
Corey Mwamba

Bass
Seth Bennett
Olie Brice
Tim Fairhall

Drums/percussion
Matt Fisher
Johnny Hunter
Andrew Lisle

(Photo from the first LUMEkestra gig at London Jazz Festival 2016)