Empirical featuring special guests Ivo Neame and Dave Preston
6th February 2024, 6pm
The evening will feature a full-length performance of ‘Like Lambs,’ Shaney Forbes’ suite of three unconventional long-form pieces, reimagined for quintet format.
£30 – £45
TOM FARMER – bassNATHANIEL FACEY – alto saxSHANE FORBES – drumsIVO NEAME – special guest on pianoDAVID PRESTON – special guest on guitar
‘Like Lambs’ demonstrates Empirical’s masterful ability to inhabit contrasting emotional states in their playing. With their characteristic interplay between composed and improvised parts, Empirical continue to live up to their reputation for risk-taking original music and virtuoso performance.
Sharing the Empirical’s improvisational ethos, Ivo Neame and Dave Preston are long-time musical collaborators on the London and UK scene and will bring an exciting new sound to Empirical’s music.
Founded in 2007, Empirical is ‘still a reliable touchstone of contemporary British jazz at its most sophisticated’ today (Jazzwise 2022).
Featuring Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Tom Farmer (double bass), Lewis Wright (vibraphone) and Shaney Forbes (drums), the band’s ethos is defined by a deep commitment to risk-taking improvisation and collective music-making.
A new full-length album entitled ‘Wonder is the beginning’ is slated for release on 15th March 2024 on Whirlwind Recordings.