Conlon Nancarrow Kickstarter Campaign

Charles Amirkhanian is heading a large Conlon Nancarrow 100th birthday project, which will be funded by Kickstarter. Nancarrow is pretty famous these days, but in the 1970s and 1980s, he was an exciting secret, the composer/trumpeter who moved to Mexico and created impossible music for player piano.

If you’re interested in an all-star project (Nancarrow’s biographer Kyle Gann, the player-piano guru Rex Lawson, and the person who started the Nancarrow bandwagon, Peter Garland, are involved), then help to fund it by 5 November, or all the money goes away forever:

It’s worth visiting even if you’re skint, because the appeal begins with a short taste of one of Nancarrow’s fantastic ultra-boogie-woogies (aren’t they what drew us all to Nancarrow?).

Doom tuba, anyone?

Okay, folks, you may have thought you’ve heard of everything, but Our Friend Mike the Fizzle King sez otherwise:

Hello tuba lovers.

Fizzle this Tuesday 30th October at The Lamp Tavern, Barford St, B5 6AH.
8:30pm start, £5/3.

ORE + Mike Hurley(drums)

Doom tuba group ORE are fresh back from a European tour with the Oxbow Orchestra.
For their Fizzle performance they have kindly asked myself to play drums.

They are really worth checking out!


Smith plays Smith-thinking-about-Alkan

And we didn’t even get Charles-Valentin a card. . . . (No, seriously, these are cool pieces, and Dave’s an exciting player: put it in your calendar!)

Music for yesterday’s Alkan birthday.

A Dave Smith recital at 6.30 (note starting time) on Saturday 1st December at Schotts Recital Room, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB.

The concert will include works of Smith which have an Alkan connection – Al contrario, On the virtues of forests and Inter alia.

Best wishes


Change to Fizzle gig, 2 October 2012

Something from our mate Mike in Birmingham:

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately ORE have had to cancel their performance at Fizzle tomorrow due to illness.
Instead of the gig planned there will be an open ‘jam’ session.

This event will start around 8:30pm at The Lamp Tavern and will be free entry.

Appologies for this change but dont worry ORE will be back next year!

More Fizzle info at

thanks, mike

ORE else….. (The open jams can be very nice, especially when they’re damson ones on toasted rye).