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Beats & Pieces and Sid Peacock's Surge

Jez Nelson presents performances by two up-and-coming British big bands: Beats & Pieces and Sid Peacock's Surge.

Jez Nelson presents performances by two up-and-coming British big bands: Beats & Pieces and Sid Peacock's Surge.

Since emerging from the Manchester student scene in 2008, Beats & Pieces has developed a growing reputation for its fresh approach to the big-band genre. Bandleader Ben Cottrell's music embraces the influence of artists such as Radiohead and Bjork as well as British jazz from Loose Tubes to Led Bib. This gig sees them playing in front of their home crowd at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Sid Peacock's Surge is another of the UK's most exciting large ensembles. Peacock is a Northern Irish composer now based in Birmingham, writing kaleidoscopic music that combines an avant-garde edge with party-like energy. The band includes strings and African percussion alongside more traditional big-band instruments, here performing in an exclusive session recorded late last year.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Beats & Pieces Big Band recorded at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester on 16 February 2012

    • Untitled

      Line-up: Ben Cottrell (director, laptop), Ben Watte, Sam Healey, Anthony Brown (saxophones), Tim Cox, Simon Lodge, Paul Strachan (trombones),

    • Untitled

      Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters (trumpets), Patrick Hurley (piano), Anton Hunter (guitar), Harrison Wood (bass), Finlay Panter (drums)

    • Beats & Pieces Big Band

      Jazzwalk

      Composer: Ben Cottrell

    • Beats & Pieces Big Band

      Yafw

      Composer: Ben Cottrell

    • Beats & Pieces Big Band

      Elf

      Composer: Ben Cottrell

    • Beats & Pieces Big Band

      Toan

      Composer: Ben Cottrell

    • Beats & Pieces Big Band

      Queen Spark

      Composer: Anton Hunter

    • Beats & Pieces Big Band

      Djimi

      Composer: Ben Cottrell

  • Jez talks to Sid Peacock

    • Sam Rivers

      Surge

      • Waves.
      • Tomato.
  • Sid Peacock's Surge recorded at Livingston Studios, London on 3 October 2011

    • Untitled

      Line-up: Kiki Chen (violin), Ruth Angell (violin & vocals), Max Gittings (flutes & whistles), Lluis Mather (soprano sax), Huw Morgan (alto sax), Chris Morgan (tenor sax), Nick Rundle (baritone sax),

    • Untitled

      Mike Adlington (trumpet), Aaron Diaz (trumpet & fx), Rob Anstey (trombone), Simon King (guitar),

    • Untitled

      Alcyona Mick (piano), Jason Huxtable (marimba), Ryan Trebilcock (double bass), Steve Yimga (African percussion), John Randall (drums), Sid Peacock (director)

    • Sid Peacock's Surge

      Pixel Carnage

      Composer: Sid Peacock

    • Sid Peacock's Surge

      Hallucinogenic Garden

      Composer: Sid Peacock

    • Sid Peacock's Surge

      Bit Of Peace

      Composer: Sid Peacock

    • Sid Peacock's Surge

      Kora

      Composer: Sid Peacock

    • Sid Peacock's Surge Saxophones

      Here

      Composer: Sid Peacock

    • Sid Peacock's Surge

      Bronze Bling

      Composer: Sid Peacock

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