We had a fantastic night at the last LUME of 2022. A lovely busy gig to finish off our year! Watch this space for more…
Last gig of the season and we have the following delights for your ears as the year draws to a close…
Olie Brice String Project
First outing of new compositions penned for strings.
November’s EFG London Jazz Festival special offers the following treats…
Tom Ward solo
Flute, saxophone and clarinet odyssey.
Advance tickets available from the Luminous website or you can pay £10 cash on the door!
LUME is back at Hundred Years Gallery for three dates this Autumn, starting with a special evening featuring guest host the longtime friend of LUME Colin Webster! Three excellent sets await…
Charlotte Keeffe solo
Trumpet and flugelhorn solo quest.
We’re back this autumn with a fresh crop of new gigs! Three evenings of improvised music at our regular haunt Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton…
Continuing our three-set format, each month LUME founders Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts will bring a project, and the third ‘guest’ set will feature some more of our favourite artists. There will be a solo set each month; from Cath Roberts in October, Will Glaser in November and Hannah Marshall in December. Multiple ‘first meeting’ duo sets will be played: Cath will play with Ruth Goller for the first time, while Dee will collaborate with Chris Williams (October) and Elliot Galvin (November).
New releases are also a theme. Our Swiss friends Oli Kuster and Cyrill Ferrari will play a set with Dee in November as part of the trio’s UK mini-tour to celebrate the release of their new album ‘Motherboard Pinball’ (Efpi Records). And in December, LUME will host the album release concert for ‘Hold Music’ by cr-ow-tr-io (Cath Roberts, Otto Willberg and Tullis Rennie), which will be out that month on Luminous.
In recent months we’ve found ourselves posting on this blog about new releases on the LUME offshoot label, Luminous. No longer! The label now has a shiny new website all of its own. On there you can read about all the releases on the label so far (including the new Deemer + 1 album coming next month), and information about the artists.
There is also a new mailing list for the label, so do sign up if you’d like to be kept updated on future releases and label-related activities….
Out today on Luminous is a new Sloth Racket live album! Recorded by Anton Hunter last September when the band were on tour, and mixed by Alex Bonney, it’s the whole set from their date at Arco Barco in Ramsgate. Check it out over on Bandcamp:
Like a million other bands, Sloth Racket had to cancel their tour this year, and this release falls where they would have been out and about playing live. It’s a digital only release, but this doesn’t mean there isn’t any merch: there was always a plan for new t-shirts in 2020 and we’ve decided to still go ahead…
The shirts are available in a bundle with the digital album. Head over to the merch page on Bandcamp to read more about the shirts and check the size guide.
Hope you enjoy the music! We have more Luminous plans up our sleeves, so you never know there just *might* be another release before the year is out.
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…
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 February – NQ Jazz, Manchester
18 February – The Vortex, London | buy tickets
19 February – The Lescar, Sheffield
20 February – FUSE Art Space, Bradford
21 February – The Bebop Club, Bristol
1 March – Liverpool 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)
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!
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…