Monthly Archives: September 2013

3rd October @ Hundred Crows Rising: Len Aruliah Sextet

This week LUME is back at Hundred Crows Rising, and we’re happy to present the Len Aruliah Sextet.

Saxophonist Len Aruliah is active both in London and Vancouver, Canada, and released his first album ‘Full Circle’ in 2007 with a quartet playing his compositions. He formed his new sextet in 2011 to perform his current repertoire, and this is the ensemble that he brings to LUME. We look forward to a great night of original music from some top London musicians!

Len Aruliah – alto/soprano saxophones
Ollie Weston – tenor saxophone
Magnus Dearness – trombone
Ryan Williams – guitar
Julie Walkington – bass
Roy Dodds – drums

Have a listen to Len on Soundcloud:

See you back at the Crows….

Thursday 26th September @ The Harrison: Madwort Sax Quartet

This week at LUME we’re heading back to The Harrison, and inviting Tom Ward to take the stage once again following last month’s debut of his other group Madwort’s Mechanical Mindset.


The Madwort Sax Quartet formed in 2011 to play compositions by Tom Ward and guided group improvisation. Tom’s influences include numerology and the movement of the planet earth through space, Steve Coleman, pioneering saxophone quartet Rova, Tim Berne, and transcriptions of bird song. Of technical interest was exploring contemporary techniques such as complex time signatures and metric modulations without the presence of a dedicated drummer or percussionist, and exploring harmony without a chordal instrument.

All the members bring their own individual, contrasting voices to the saxophone: Andy’s warm-toned, mellifluous tenor; Chris’s assertive, energetic alto familiar to fans of Led Bib; Tom’s lyrical, passionate but more reserved alto; and Cath’s fluid, assured baritone. When required, though, the ensemble manages to blend beautifully into a homogenous whole that belies these contrasts.


The group has been very well received (“a significantly distinctive musical proposition” – LondonJazz blog, September 2012), has recorded an EP’s worth of material (slated for release late 2013), and has played gigs in London, Manchester (hosted by Efpi Records) and Derby (hosted by Corey Mwamba).

The line-up is:

Tom Ward: alto saxophone & composition
Chris Williams: soprano & alto saxophones
Andy Woolf: tenor saxophone
Cath Roberts: baritone saxophone

More about the quartet and Tom’s other projects at his Madwort website. See you at the gig!

Thursday 19th September @ The Harrison: ZONICA

After a great gig last night with The Jeff Chambers Variable n-tet, playing to an enthusiastic crowd, we look forward to our next gig on Thursday 19th September at The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street (off Gray’s Inn Road), Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF



Zonica is an improvising ensemble interested in cosmic, sonic exploration. Prepare yourself for a spontaneous electro/acoustic cocktail of epic proportions!

Gareth Lockrane – flutes/effects
Dee Byrne – alto sax/effects
Ed Riches – guitar/effects
Xan Blacq – keys/vocals/effects
Tom McCredie – electric bass/effects
Pat Davey – drums

Doors 8pm. Entry £5.

12th September @ Hundred Crows Rising: The Jeff Chambers Variable n-tet

Large ensemble special! This week we’re excited to welcome Jeff Chambers and his sixteen-piece behemoth The Jeff Chambers Variable n-tet to LUME. On the move as ever, we’re pitching up at our original home Hundred Crows Rising for this gig, so cast your minds back to a month or so ago and those halloumi burgers, coffee sacks and (subject to availability) rugs of yore. We’d love to see you there: five mins’ walk from Angel tube and a short climb up some stairs.


“The Jeff Chambers Variable n-tet is a 16 piece band whose sound is skewed toward the brass end of the spectrum. All the music is composed by Jeff Chambers and draws on the depth and richness of the brass chorale, the harmonic language of modern jazz and the quirkiness and humour of popular music. Its influences range from Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs and Loose Tubes to early Mothers of Invention and Hatfield and The North, the best band to have come from the intensively creative ‘Canterbury Scene’ of the 60s and 70s. In other words, this music is sonorous and humorous, with full and rich modern jazz harmonies underpinning memorable melodies and exciting jazz solos.”

George Hogg, John Eacott, James Copus, Henry Spencer

Magnus Dearness, Ed Rieband, Dave Hordern

Tuba/bass trombone
Jeff Miller

Andrew Woolf, Julie Kjær, Tom Ward, Cath Roberts

Tom Hewson

Amy Baldwin

Olly Blackman

Composition, occasional guitar, vocals
Jeff Chambers

Hundred Crows Rising, 58 Penton Street, London, N1 9PZ. Doors 8pm, £5 entry.

Thursday 5th Sept @ The Harrison: Strobes + Sprawler


‘Conjuring big beats and a vast array of sonic possibilities, Strobes unites the creative minds of two prodigious talents of the London music scene – flickering effortlessly between electro-improv, Afrocentric grooves and distinctively original hooks.’

Dan Nicholls – keyboards/electronics
Dave Smith – drums/electronics


Led Bib’s asylum seekers Toby McLaren, Chris Williams and Liran Donin are recruiting guest drummer David De Rose in a quest to explore urban beats, glitching harmonies and heavy grooves whilst drawing influences from a huge range of styles. Expect crazy electronics, shivering sax solos and solid grooves from this unpredictable quartet.

Liran Donin – bass
Toby McLaren – keyboards
Chris Williams – alto sax
David De Rose – drums

See you there! Doors 8pm, £5 entry.

The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street (off Gray’s Inn Road), Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF