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“A Celebration of Keith Tippett” - Bristol,  1st and 2nd October 2021.

Monday, July 19, 2021

A series of live musical performances will take place at various venues in the city of Bristol to celebrate the life of the late pianist, composer, improviser, bandleader and educator Keith Tippett.

Promoter Ian Storror writes;

A Celebration of Keith Tippett

This project has again been in the pipeline for over a year since Keith passed away in June of 2020, we were hoping to make this happen on the first anniversary this June, but Covid put paid to that idea, so we have now settled on a date in the autumn.

The idea has blossomed & grown mainly due to the many many musicians who wanted to be part of the tribute to Keith’s life and work, so to accommodate as many as possible, we’ve made it a sort of mini-festival over 2 days with 4 events over that period.
The ‘We’ I referred too, are a collective of about 7 of us that have worked with Keith over the years, whether that was as musician, agent, fundraiser, promoter or publicist, but all friends who held him in the highest regard.
Each event/gig will have multiple performances; here is the line-up;


Friday 1 October 2021
The Rare Music Club (Revisited)
Bristol Beacon Foyer
Trenchard Street, Bristol. BS1 5AR
Tickets; £21.80 (inc’ booking fees)
Please Note: This is an UN-reserved; part seated, part standing show
Because of the big line-up doors will be open from 6.30pm for 7pm start, the evening will finish around 10.15pm

On Fri 26 June 1992, in the friendly setting of the Malaap Club, (Indian restaurant & social club) in Stokes Croft, Bristol; Keith Tippett presented the first gig in a format which he devised, and, with the help of various enthusiasts, was repeated in several locations at various times for the rest of his life.
The Rare Music Club concept was simple: an informal club atmosphere; an egalitarian approach to musicians; and a triple bill evening with three areas of music: traditional/folk, contemporary 20th century classical and Jazz/improvised music, usually with members of Mujician as a resident band.
The list of musicians who played the RMC is a spectacular ‘who’s who’ of the musical territory it covered; Eliza Carthy, Stephan Hannigan, Chris Wood, Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr, Ayub Ogada, Mairi ni Chathasaigh, Dave Swarbrick for the Folk world:
Contemporary Classical from; Thomas Ades, Mary Wiegold and The Composers Ensemble, Julian Jacobson, the Balanescu String Quartet, Philip Sheppard, David Le Page & Suzanne Stanzeleit:
With Jazz represented by the likes of; Mike Westbrook Trio, Derek Bailey, Satoko Fujii, Nana Tsiboe, Tobias Delius, Paul Rutherford, Howard Riley, Lol Coxhill, Julie Tippetts, Oren Marshall, Tony Levin, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers and of course Keith himself.

This night will try to replicate that unique experience with a great line-up:

Theo May’s Odd Unit (Jazz/Folk/World)
Theo May (Violin)
Gustavo Clayton-Marucci (Clarinets).
Ali Watson (Bass)
Reuben Goldmark (Piano)
Alex Temple-Heald (Drums)

David Le Page & Philip Sheppard (Contemporary Classical)
David Le Page (Violin)
Philip Sheppard (Cello)

Chris Wood (Folk/Acoustic)
Chris Wood (Guitar, Violin, Vox)

The Paul Dunmall Quartet (Free/Improvised jazz)
Paul Dunmall (Saxes, Clarinets, Bagpipes)
Philip Gibbs (Guitar)
Paul Rogers (Bass)
Tony Orrell (Drums)


Saturday 2 October 2021
Keith Tippett Celebration ‘All-dayer’
St. George’s
Great George Street, (off Park Street), Bristol, BS1 5RR
There will be a series of double bill slots, covering the day from 12 lunchtime through to a big band finale at the end of the day.
Each of these gigs are separately ticketed, but there is a Saturday Day Ticket (£50) and a whole Weekend Ticket (£65) available as well, so check out either venue websites for those options

12 midday to 2pm

Matthew Bourne w/Glen Leach
Matthew will play solo and in duet with one of his talented pupils Glen Leach from Leeds college of music, using piano & keys in tribute to Keith, who Matthew dueted with, on his last few gigs

Julie Tippetts & Maggie Nicols
Keith’s life partner and long time collaborator, his wife; Julie Tippetts teams up with their friend and serial collaborator Maggie Nicols, to perform accapella vocal duets in tribute to “their pianist” Keith Tippett

Tickets £15.75 (inc’ booking fee)


4pm to 6pm

‘From Granite to Wind’ Septet
Ben Waghorn (Saxes)
Kevin Figes (Saxes)
James Gardiner Bateman (Saxes)
Jake McMurchie (Saxes)
Jim Blomfield (Piano)
Al Swainger (Bass)
Tony Orrell (Drums)
Along with Ben Waghorn and James Gardiner-Bateman, saxophonist Kevin Figes was part of the original octet which recorded Keith Tippett’s From Granite To Wind in 2011. Revisiting the music for this special event, Kevin has enlisted a line-up of well-known players from in and around Bristol.

Double ‘Dreamtime’
Gary Curson (Saxes)
Paul Dunmall (Saxes)
Jim Dvorak (Trumpet/Flugelhorn)
Kevin Davy (Trumpet/Flugelhorn)
Alan Tomlinson (Trombone)
Richard Foote (Trombone)
Roberto Bellatalla (Bass)
Paul Rogers (Bass)
Jim Le Baigue (Drums)
Mark Sanders (Drums)
Over the years Dreamtime has existed in several different forms. For this special tribute to their erstwhile pianist, Keith
This is a ten-piece line up of Dreamtimers past and present. Their music contains worldwide influences, but the focus is always towards playing joyously.
The membership of Dreamtime is part of a huge network of musical inter-relationships, with Keith Tippett himself and especially with the bands he was part of, associated with the South African exiles who sought refuge in the UK; such as the Brotherhood of Breath, Louis Moholo’s Viva la Black and The Dedication Orchestra.

These two bands make for a cracking double header
Tickets £21 (inc’ booking fee)


8pm to 10.30pm

The Paul Dunmall 4-tet
Paul Dunmall (Saxes, Clarinets, Bagpipes)
Paul Rogers (Bass)
Liam Noble (Piano)
Mark Sanders (Drums)                                   
Although there can be no way of the two Paul’s;  Dunmall & Rogers replicating the three decades of unique improvisation they shared with the late lamented Tony Levin and Keith Tippett in Mujician, this quartet brings them the opportunity to explore two other close musical relationships in the same spirit of freedom, empathy and mutual understanding.

The Keith Tippett Celebration Orchestra
Ben Waghorn (Saxes)
Kevin Figes (Saxes & Musical Director)
James Gardiner Bateman (Saxes)
Jake McMurchie (Saxes)
Gethin Liddington (Trumpet)
Pete Judge (Trumpet)
Andy Hague (Trumpet/Flugelhorn)           
Jim Dvorak (Trumpet/Flugelhorn)
Alan Tomlinson (Trombone)
Richard Foote (Trombone)
Gareth Roberts (Trombone)
Oren Marshall (Tuba)
Jim Blomfield (Piano)
Riaan Vosloo (Bass)
Tony Orrell (Drums)
Miles Levin (Drums)
As a fitting finale in tribute to Keith and a celebration of his life and work, Kevin Figes (MD) has assembled this unique big band, a format that Keith loved and for which he composed some of his most memorable and anthemic works.
The Celebration Orchestra brings together many of the musicians who played with Keith in large ensembles and will feature music from his original charts (including Centipede’s Septober Energy) as well as some of his arrangements for The Dedication Orchestra. There may also be a few ‘interlopers’ joining in from foreign fields for this rave up….
WOW, two great line-ups to finish
Tickets £26.25 (inc’ booking fee)