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Coming up! Anorak & Anorak XL @ Kings Place Sat 26 Apr

Loose Tubes reunion @ Cheltenham Jazz Festival Sat 3 May, and Ronnie Scott's Club 5-10 May

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Ballamy celebrates 50th @ Kings Place & BBC R3

Photo: Dave McKean

Iain celebrates his 50th birthday this weekend at Kings Place, London, with his acclaimed quartet 'Anorak' and the premiere performance of a new supersized septet 'Anorak XL'. Presented by Julian Joseph the event is being recorded for BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up.

The repertoire will include Iain's latest original works and some recent arrangements of his past classics. Kings Place advises:

"Expect to hear imaginative re-workings of classic jazz standards, occasional folk and classical themes plus original compositions with a strongly English pastoral feel."

For this special concert 'Anorak' becomes septet 'Anorak XL' and features three of the very brightest graduates of the Royal Academy of Music where Iain acts as a tutor and mentor - Nathanial Facey alto saxophone, Freddie Gavita trumpet and Kieran Mcleod trombone. 

Visit the Kings Place website for more info and bookings. For more info on Anorak click here.


Quercus spring mini tour!

Photo: Tim Dickeson

Quercus, the unique trio featuring the award winning folk singer June Tabor, pianist Huw Warren and Iain Ballamy released their debut recording on ECM records last year. Visit the Quercus ECM Player for more information and to listen to track sample.

Quercus finished the spring mini tour this month in Germany and England - go to Live Dates for more info on next gigs.



Food with Fennesz was on the road at the end of last year playing Berlin Jazz Festival, Rotterdam Rewire Festival. Iain and Thomas finished the year touring Japan with Koichi Makigami and finished the year at the Sontakke Festival in Bangalore, India. More info here >


Food's seventh album 'Mercurial Balm' was released in 2012 on ECM Records

The album features the core group of Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen with guitarists Christian Fennesz and Eivind Aarset, trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer and the unique singer and slide guitarist from South India, Prakash Sontakke.

Visit the Mercurial Balm ECM Player to hear track 1 'Nebular' and for more info about the artists (ECM 2269).