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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Guitarist and composer Moss Freed has forwarded his latest newsletter with details of "News, streams and GIGS IN REAL LIFE!!".

Moss Freed writes;

News, streams and GIGS IN REAL LIFE!!


I hope you’re all well. It’s been quite some time but I’m incredibly relieved to see things starting to open up again. I’m very happy, and slightly shocked, that there are a few *actual* things to let you know about.

Most importantly, I bought a baritone guitar…

In other news…

Lancaster Jazz Festival Commission
Online premier: 6th May, 5pm
The lovely people at Lancaster Jazz Festival asked me to write a new piece as part of their micro-commissions series and I’m very happy to say we’ll be ‘premiering’ it on 6th May at 5pm. The piece is called Parallels and was written for three incredible pianists - Alexander Hawkins, Maria Chiara Argirò and Elliot Galvin. 
The event will happen on Zoom - you can sign up for free here and will be sent the link closer to the time. There is some more background and info on the piece here too so you can check you’re interested before you sign up. We’ll stream the video for the first time and there’ll be a short Q&A with me and Alexander.


Gulgoleth at Abbey Road
Online gig: 7th May, 2am (BST)
I recorded in Abbey Road’s Studio 2 in December with Sam Eastmond’s band Gulgoleth as part of the Transfrontera: Londres series, coordinated by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and curated, engineered and mixed by multi-grammy-winning Marc Urselli. This short set was recorded live with a small audience and will be ‘premiered’ online on 7th May at 2am BST(!). Don’t worry, it’ll go up on YouTube after that… Do check it out though - it’s the virgin outing with the baritone!



I won’t quite believe these are happening until I’m actually on the stage but there are some (sharp intake of breath) real-life gigs that you can come to. Wow, the thought of sitting with a beer listening to some live music is quite something…

I’m thrilled at the prospect of getting back on stage with my large ensemble UNION DIVISION in just a few short weeks, at City University’s Summer Sounds Festival:
27th May: City University, LONDON (you’ll need to book a free place online but there’s no event page up yet. Keep your eyes here for updates)


And then I’ll be off on a mini-tour with the magnificent Charlotte Keefe Quartet in June. We’ll be at:

12th June: Garden gig (garden TBC…) with the Lescar, SHEFFIELD

13th June: The Globe, NEWCASTLE (book here)

20th June: Centrala, BIRMINGHAM (book here)

Charlotte Keeffe (Trumpet and Flugelhorn)
Moss Freed (Guitar)
Ashley John Long (Double Bass)
Ben Handysides (Drums)


PhD Thesis
Lastly, a big bit of news for me last year was finishing my PhD. Yes, I’m a doctor and no, not the useful kind. My thesis, entitled ‘Composing for improvisers : information flow, collaborative composition and individual freedom in large ensembles’ is available online (alongside loads of videos, scores and recordings) here.

If you’re looking for new music, I’ve recently discovered three albums that are on very heavy rotation here and I highly recommend you check out:
Sana Nagano: Smashing Humans
The End: Allt Är Intet
Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl: Artlessly Falling  
Thanks as always for the support, it’s appreciated now more than ever. I’d love to hear what you have been up to (if you reply to this it comes straight to me) and hope to catch up and reconnect at a gig soon!