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MoonMot - debut album and UK and European tour dates

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Cath Roberts has forwarded the following press release;


MoonMot – Going Down The Well – Unit Records – UTR4933
(Release date: 14 February 2020)

Tour dates 2020

17 February - Manchester (UK): NQ Jazz
18 February - London (UK): The Vortex
19 February - Sheffield (UK): Jazz At The Lescar
21 February - Bristol (UK): Bebop Club
1 March - Liverpool International Jazz Festival (UK)
8 March - Arnhem (NL): Metropol
9 March - Gent (BE): Hot Club
10 March - Amsterdam (NL): De Peper
12 March - Basel (CH): Off Bar
13 March - Bern (CH): BeJazz
14 March - Stuttgart (DE): Kiste

Going Down The Well is the debut album from UK/Swiss collaborative sextet MoonMot, a project bringing together Swiss musicians Simon Petermann (trombone/electronics) and Oli Kuster (Fender Rhodes/electronics) with the UK’s Dee Byrne (alto saxophone/electronics), Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone), Johnny Hunter (drums) and Seth Bennett (double bass). The album was recorded at BeJazz, Bern in March 2019 and is released by Swiss label Unit Records in February 2020.

The band;

MoonMot emerged at the 10th edition of the Jazzwerkstatt Bern festival in 2017, when Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts of LUME were invited by Jazzwerkstatt artistic directors Marc Stucki and Benedikt Reising to perform as part of a CH/UK collaborative project. As artist-run platforms for improvised and original music, LUME and Jazzwerkstatt Bern share a lot of common ground, including a focus on the creation of new work and new ensembles. After the initial concert in Bern, LUME organised the return leg of the exchange: a slot supporting The Thing at London Jazz Festival 2017. In March 2019 under its new name MoonMot, the sextet reconvened for a six date Swiss tour including a performance at the BeJazz Transnational competition in Bern. While on tour they recorded Going Down The Well, showcasing compositions from all six band members.

Bern based trombonist Simon Petermann focuses on contemporary forms of improvisation and the tonal extension of the trombone through electronic processing. He has performed extensively with the Fischermanns Orchestra holding the position of musical director since 2013.

Also from Bern, pianist, keyboardist and composer Oli Kuster has a special interest in the field of jazz and electronics. He has composed music for released three albums as bandleader for the Oli Kuster Kombo.

Baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts’ primary outlet is her band Sloth Racket, which has toured widely and released several albums, and its large ensemble iteration Favourite Animals.

Alto saxophonist Dee Byrne has released two albums with her quintet Entropi, and is involved in collaborations including electronics duo Deemer and European quintet Ydivide.

Double bass player Seth Bennett leads his own projects Elegies, En Bas and What Love and plays in many other groups including Sloth Racket, Fragments Trio and Metamorphic.

Drummer Johnny Hunter also leads his own ensembles and is a member of many others including The Spirit Farm, John Pope Quintet and Beck Hunters.

More information and background;

The album will be released on LP, CD and digital download, as well as being available across all streaming services. It is released on 14th February 2020 and is currently available to pre-order from
MoonMot are touring in Europe to support the release, with dates in Switzerland, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Unit Records
Established in 1983, Unit Records is a leading Swiss label operating at the intersection of jazz, contemporary classical and electronic music. Under the artistic direction of guitarist Harald Haerter since 2005, the label has become an important platform for cutting edge music emerging from the Swiss and wider European scenes.

Cath Roberts and Dee Byrne have worked together since 2013 under the banner of LUME, always with a focus on new original/improvised music. Activities so far have included gig series and residencies, a double-bill UK tour, LUME stages at the Barbican as part of London Jazz Festival, and two editions of our own LUME Festival. LUME releases music through an offshoot label, Luminous.

Jazzwerkstatt Bern
Jazzwerkstatt Bern is an annual festival of adventurous music taking place in Bern, Switzerland. Directed by musicians Mark Stucki and Benedict Reising and founded in 2007, the multi-day event features artists from around the world as well as showcasing local musicians and acting as a catalyst for new artistic collaborations.

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