August update

All good things come to an end, and sadly this is the case with the Wicked tour! I've had an absolutely fantastic time over the last 6 months and have been incredibly fortunate to have had the drum chair on such a great show. With this being my first West End touring experience I wanted to share a few thoughts on it all.

6 months and 180 shows of playing the same thing? I'll be bored stiff by the end surely, I thought initially. But I was pleasantly surprised. I actually found playing the same pieces of music for that amount of time really allowed me to get inside them and discover more and more what made them work musically. I could gradually fine tune my part to the things which fitted the music best contextually, while not tying it down to the exact same motions every night. Even by the end of the tour I still felt I had room to grow and could easily have played more shows if the tour had carried on. All in all it was a very rewarding experience. The luxury of performing every night for an extended period of time is rare in many other musical contexts, and so it was great to have the opportunity to do that on this tour, and also to have the challenge of approaching each show with the same positive attitude and attention, which I'm glad to say I think I did. That being said, Wicked is not a show you can afford to switch off for either! At the end of the day I was playing good music, with great musicians and also lovely people. Things could have been worse...

Anyway, enough of that - there's other stuff to talk about too! In July the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra were in Italy on the island of Ischia, as I mentioned in my last post. We had a terrific time there and played a couple of really nice gigs, one featuring some classic big band repertoire and another of our own original music, including a couple of my compositions. Here's a short 'drum cam' clip I took during a rehearsal. Not a bad backdrop as far as rehearsal spaces go...

 
 

Next on the horizon is the release of Misha Mullov-Abbado's debut album 'New Ansonia' on August 28th. Find out more here on the Edition Records website. An album launch gig at King's Place is taking place on September 12th with subsequent tour dates (see 'live dates').

In other small news my modest home studio is up and running and very near completion in terms of acoustic treatment. Maybe there'll be a couple of photos and/or short video in the next post. It's very cool...

See you soon,

Scott