Closing out a superb March programme here at The Oxford we’re delighted to welcome formidable bassist and composer Dave Manington with his band Riff Raff!
Dave Manington – bass / compositions
Brigitte Beraha – voice
Ivo Neame – piano / accordion
Rob Updegraff – guitar
George Crowley – tenor sax
Tim Giles – drums
This dynamic ensemble of young musicians features the highly acclaimed musicians Brigitte Beraha (Paul Clarvis/Chris Laurence, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, L.J.O.), Ivo Neame (Cinematic Orchestra, Fringe Magnetic, Phronesis), Rob Updegraff (Ronnie Scotts All Stars, Zigaboo Modeliste) Tim Giles (Iain Ballamy/Stan Sulzmann/Kenny Wheeler/Art Farmer) and on this occasion George Crowley (Can of Worms, Brass Mask, Vula Viel). The starting point for the music is collective improvisation but compositionally it draws on as wide a range of styles as possible – folk, electronic music and contemporary classical influences are added to the mix with complex jazz harmonies and rhythms.
Often the music has been rewritten many times after rehearsals sent the music spinning off in different directions. Most of the material is through-composed with the themes re-emerging in different forms, different keys, or time signatures. The most important thing for us is to develop a band sound and understanding so each time we play the music can be re-invented together, often quite radically.
Several new compositions feature fantastic lyrics from Brigitte Beraha and on other tracks she sings wordless vocals, often harmonizing with the sax line to great effect. Their most recent album Hullabaloo was released on Loop Records in January 2013
” Riff Raff mix the leader’s clever composing with a formidable lineup, including Ivo Neame on piano and occasional accordion… and the excellent Tim Giles on drums. Add John Scofield-like guitarist Rob Updegraff and softly surefooted vocalist Brigitte Beraha, and the soundscape embraces a 21st century sax-led cool school sound, raw guitar-fusion, diffident Wayne Shorteresque lyricism, and vocals that showcase Beraha’s eloquent lyrics and inventiveness as a wordless improviser. ” John Fordham – The Guardian
This promises to be another fantastic gig – please come and join us!
As ever, doors at 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.
See you there!