Have Your Ear Chewed Off with Engines Orchestra


Our friends, Engines Orchestra, are always looking for new projects and keeping their collective ear to the ground for exciting new things. Their latest concert series launches in London on September 20th and if you’re nearby, you should definitely drop by.

Chew Your Ear Off bridges the gap between audience and artist by featuring Q+As, demonstrations and discussions with some incredibly interesting creative musicians. They’ve got Mike Flynn (Jazzwise) on board to present and their first event features Laura Jurd & Elliot Galvin plus Gregor Riddell & Adam Teixeira.

Ways to connect audiences with artists is something Apollo is passionate about and it’s great to see events like this popping up. The classical world have long since worked this out and pre-concert talks are very popular. To hear a creative practitioner discuss their own work and processes is far more interesting than to read a critic’s take on it. Plus, if numbers are good for the first event, this could be a monthly happening.

The details: It’s going to be held at the Proud Archivist (NE1 5EH) which is a 5 min walk from Haggerston overground station. Doors open at 3.30pm for a 4.00pm start and tickets cost £12 with a house drink or £10 witout, £6 for concessions and under 16s.

Fold – a new hub for the jazz community in Leeds

Space at Savile and Chrome

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working with James Hamilton to put together a bid for some money to help kickstart an interesting new organisation in Leeds called Fold.

A recording studio in Leeds became available for rent recently and some jazz musicians put up the cash to rent it for a few months. It’s a lovely space complete with full recording equipment and a grand piano so aside from anything else, it’s great that these musicians took the initiative to snap it up for the jazz community – we all know how vital it is for creative musicians to have affordable access to rehearsal and studio space, especially in those first few years out of college.

Fold was put together to see how the space could best be put to use. James Hamilton, a Northern Irish dynamo of activity (an award-winning jazz composer, trumpet player in Hope & Social, owner of New Jazz Records…) has put a team of people to produce a programme of work that supports the whole scene (there’ll be live gigs, workshops, albums being recorded all to come) with a focus on original material and early career professionals.

A funding bid has been submitted and we wait with our fingers crossed, but in the mean-time the space is currently available to use –

  • rehearsal space
  • recording space (either with an engineer or bring your own)
  • a place to run workshops from

All of the above are offered at very affordable rates. And you can arrange to visit and have a look around the space too (It’s located on Savile Mount, Chapeltown.)

It’s all very inspiring and Apollo are delighted to be a part of it. More news soon!

A sneak peak into Family Band’s debut release

Family Band by Maria Alzamora

Recently, Family Band went into the studio to record a set of material. It’s now mixed and mastered and a release is due in late Autumn this year. As a taster, one track (Bring Lulu) is currently available to listen to on Soundcloud,

Family Band HQ is now whipped up into a frenzy creating album artwork and working on new material for their upcoming live shows. The next opportunity to see them live will be at Seven Arts on Sunday 1st November.

(PS – all photographs you see of Family Band were taken by the hugely talented Maria Alzamora. She has a great photo project called Some Music Stories which you should have a look at, too)

RPE Duo’s New Album & Jillion Campaign


Many of you will remember trumpeter Matt Postle from the Fat Face Trio UK tour last summer.  Well, RPE Duo is another of his projects, a collaboration with Polish sound artist Radek Rudnicki (who does extraordinary things with Space F!ght, by the way and you should definitely check them out).  RPE Duo have toured in the UK, Europe and the USA, collaborated on data sonification with NASA, performed at Dave Douglas’s FONT festival…basically, a ton of cool stuff.

They are now making a new album and have set up a crowd-funding campaign on an interesting new platform, Jillion.  This website raises funds for projects by auctioning stuff and you can participate either by donating an item (in return you will receive a copy of the album as a thank you) or by purchasing one of the items at auction).  Currently, RPE Duo’s auction includes

  • A weekend in Krakow
  • A Monette mouthpiece of your choice
  • Bass lessons
  • An aromatherapy massage
  • Some delicious edible items like vegan cinnamon rolls, homemade ravioli and fruit cake

This platform to raise funds seems interesting and a more open way to fundraise than Kickstarter or Indiegogo. People who can’t donate cold hard cash are able to support the project by donating items or services.

Anyway, RPE Duo plan to raise $2,000 and have until November 2nd to do so. Below is a short video with more information on the campaign. Good luck, guys!