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Tom Ward

Tom Ward aka Madwort is a musician, programmer and composer from Yorkshire, currently based in London. He moved south in 2004 to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was privileged to play in projects with such luminaries as Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates and John Taylor. Since then, Tom has continued his musical development with workshops at the SIM school in New York with Ralph Alessi and Steve Coleman, with the F-IRE Collective in London with Barak Schmool and Stephane Payen, and by learning traditional music with local musicians in the Gambia. He is primarily a saxophonist – equally at home on alto, tenor or baritone saxes – but also likes to branch out into the worlds of the clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, piano and drums


Live at Hundred Years Gallery

Label: Efpi Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: After Joshua Maps Birds Creeping Commercialism Shard On the Opening of a Dwarf Sunflower Chesmonancy Mad Giant Bee Sieve of Eratosthenes Islands in the Green Handbuilt by Robots


Article: Radio

Kirk Knuffke, Rick Countryman & Lakecia Benjamin

Read "Kirk Knuffke, Rick Countryman & Lakecia Benjamin" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Saxophonist Ohad Talmor's new release, Long Forms, with his Newsreel sextet has just been released by Intakt Records and it's a must-listen; strong playing by some of the best musicians around, complicated but highly interesting tunes and arrangements, and a fully realized project. Another saxophonist, Rick Countryman, plies his trade in Manila in The Philippines now ...


Article: Album Review

Sérgio Tavares/Nuno Trocado/Tom Ward: Vestiges

Read "Vestiges" reviewed by Mark Corroto

A new trio is born and its inaugural document, Vestiges, is a smorgasbord of free improvisation from noisy shred to minimal electronics. Made up of the Portuguese bassist Sérgio Tavares and guitarist Nuno Trocado and UK-resident saxophonist Tom Ward, the three deliver nine improvised pieces as they investigate differing approaches to instant composing. The musicians had ...


Track of the Day


Label: Self Published
Released: 2019
Duration: 06:29



Label: Self Published
Released: 2019
Track listing: Escalation; Caught Among Mirrors; Stories Old and New; Wipe Out; Chant; Underground Passage; Remnants; Problematic Regrowth; Tinpot Despot.


Article: Album Review

Beats and Pieces Big Band: Ten

Read "Ten" reviewed by Ian Patterson

You'd be hard pressed to find a similarly sized big-band with the energy and spark exhibited by Manchester outfit Beats and Pieces Big Band. The fourteen-piece ensemble began life in the Royal Northern College of Music in 2008, when Ben Cottrell gathered thirteen of his fellow musicians to give life to his compositions. Ten years on, ...


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