Monday, 5 December 2016

Will Gibson Septet - Southbank Ziggurat

Paul Jordanous
Will Gibson Septet
Will Gibson - saxophone
Sam Leak - piano
Kevin Glasgow - bass
Sophie Alloway - drums
Paul Jordanous - trumpet
Trevor Mires - trombone
Leo Appleyard - guitar

Sam Leak

Date - 25th November 2016
Venue - BAM Festival, Southbank Centre, London

Current Album - Facets (Pathway Records 2016)
Will Gibson
Future performance
15/01/2017 -  Will Gibson Septet - Omnibus, London
22/02/2017 -  Will Gibson Septet - Swing Unlimited, Bournemouth


Trevor Miles
Ziggurat
Angled dunce hats rise before us in corrugated rooftops.

Worlds within worlds, cup cake frills and spiked edges,
A spiral staircase is chopped into black and white confetti.

Escher stairs fold themselves in an impossible origami.
Shadows cut over bannisters and raining down in shards of black.
Free running world of concrete shadows.
Back and forward, build and conquer.


Will Gibson (b.1986) is a London-based saxophonist, clarinettist & composer. He began clarinet, piano & writing music at an early age. From 1996-2005 he attended Junior Trinity College of Music in London on Saturdays, where he continued his instrumental lessons & studied composition with Cecilia McDowall. He took up saxophone around the age of 14 after becoming more influenced by jazz & in particular John Coltrane. He also joined the Pendulum Youth Jazz Orchestra, where a large part of the repertoire was by Kenny Wheeler. During this time he was awarded the Chappell Prize for Composition, the Hambourg Prize for Improvisation & won the European Piano Teachers Association Composition Competition.

Sophie Alloway

From 2005-2009 he went to Trinity College of Music where he obtained a BMus (Hons) in performance. Here he studied with Mark Lockheart, Julian Siegel, Michael Whight, Fiona Cross & Andrew Poppy. He became involved in ensembles from both jazz & classical sides, & was awarded the Ronnie Verrell Award for Big Band & the Wilfred Hambleton Clarinet Prize.


Leo Appleyard

Since graduating Will has performed extensively throughout the U.K. & Europe in various bands & projects. In 2012 he was awarded second place in the Worshipful Company of Musicians Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition for his big band piece Solicitudes, which was performed by the Trinity College of Music Big Band in Ronnie Scott's.

The artwork from Will Gibson's new album Facets will be part of an exhibition of album art at the Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames from 13th-22nd January 2017. Free entry.


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