This week at The Oxford it’s our pleasure to welcome the brilliant young pianist and composer Angus Bayley, and his Scrapbook Septet!
Angus Bayley – piano / compositions
Dave Hamblett – drums
Paul Trippett – bass
Kieran McLeod – tbn
Alaric Taylor – tpt
Nick Sigsworth – violin
Daisy Watkins – viola
Though he actually studied as a scientist, 25 year old London-based pianist and composer Angus Bayley has never been far from music and has been an active musician all the while, as well as a prolific composer. His music for the Scrapbook Septet is both pensive and poignant, clad in a delicate timbre of horns and – tonight for the first time – strings (Daisy Watkins, Nick Sigsworth), where each tune is a heartfelt ode that sits somewhere between jazz, folk and rock, underpinned by chord sequences that tell a story in their own right.
Bayley’s arrangements are in it for the long game – pretty melodies dance and swell over the course of minutes, gradually transforming into fierce and fiery chordal riffs loaded with dark and beautiful harmony. Tunes are interspersed with the improvisational input of young horn stars Alaric Taylor and Kieran McLeod, vibrantly supported by an ever-shifting and responsive rhythm section comprising Dave Hamblett and Paul Trippett.
This promises to be a really lovely gig – do come and join us!
As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9; entry only £5.
See you there!