tells me it's all happening at the ZOO...
Find out below, most recent at the top:
perform at Nottingham Contemporary on 8th October - see Gigs
perform tracks from the new EP "Shoot" at Baresca
Bar in Nottingham (1st May) - see Gigs
shoot a video for "Expect the Same" on the new EP
"Shoot" with students from De Montford University
record tracks for their new EP "Shoot" at Mansfield's
"Old Library" Studio
video launced on Youtube
Taking inspiration from Phillip Glass' 'Koyaanisqatsi' and
influenced by the music of Steve Reich, 'City' is an instrumental
look at a day in the life of a city and its' inhabitants.
is a collaboration between ZOO and students from Leicester
DMU Film course Josh Cuncarr, Nicole Clarke, Claire Beard,
This is the third video made in partnership between ZOO
and DMU - the others being 'Big Red Bus' and 'December'.
the video on Youtube
Jet Collective "Jetstream"
ZOO working again with the Jet
Collective on a new suite of music inspired by weather
and climate. A weekend of creativity culminates in a gig
in Winster on the Sunday evening.
Marvellous to launch the new album "Millions" at
a stonking gig at Matt & Phreds in Manchester.
Happy Zoo Year (and all that jazz) from the ZOO
2013 will be good ... a new album - Millions - being mixed
at the moment ... a return to Matt & Phreds in Manchester
in February ... further work with the Jet Collective in May...
Martin Taylor and Guy Barker - "Spirit of Django"
at The Proms
We were delighted to hear that two of our previous associates
- Martin Taylor and Guy Barker - had collaborated to create
"Spirit of Django" at The Proms - Details
[We recorded and performed with Guy in 2009, and shared the
billing with Martin at a Jazz x 3 event in Leicester in 2010]
Derbyshire Suite at the Buxton Fringe Festival 2012
The Jet Collective played the Derbyshire Suite at the Buxton
Fringe Festival in the delightful Buxton Methodist Church
- read a review here: http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/reviews2012mus.html
Derbyshire Suite Online
You can now listen to, and buy, the Jet
Collective's "Derbyshire Suite" at Amazon
& 17th March 2012
Recording the Latest ZOO Album
ZOO returned to the Devonshire Avenue studios in Nottingham
to spend two days recording the backing tracks for the latest
album. Photos in the Gallery.
Happy Zoo Year from the ZOO Crew!
Buxton Fringe Festival 2012
Zoo are delighted to announce that, as part of the Jet
Collective, they'll be performing the acclaimed Deryshire
Suite at the Buxton
Fringe Festival in July - details on the Gigs
& 11th December 2011
Derbyshire Suite Recording
The Jet Collective
return to the Burton Institute in Winster to record the Derbyshire
Suite. Over the two days, all of the backing tracks for a
new album were recorded by Reg. There now follow sessions
in January at the Greenhouse studio to add extra layers and
overdubs, and then eq and master the album, create the artwork,
and press the CDs - exciting stuff!
Photos in the Gallery.
ZOO catch the stunning Submotion
Orchestra at Nottingham's Stealth Club.
Another Jet Collective
workshop weekend, followed by a sell-out gig at the superb
Burton Institute in Winster. Photos in the Gallery.
"Wonderful exciting music, I would not have believed
that music so vibrant, and of such quality would be produced
by 8 musicians in Winster village hall. Jazz themes but with
folk hints lurking in the background. The music caught the
mood and experiences of Derbyshire, from the mines to the
morris men. Not sure about the bossa nova beat re the Derbyshire
"Having run The Strand, a jazz cafe for 22 years, I have
heard a great many musicians, and The Jazz Collective definitely
deserves a much bigger stage.
"If only a BBC producer had been present!! Keep up the
"Awesome thank you for letting me see that, I loved it'
Lucas was spellbound last night - and me too!
What a fantastic sound you made and so fun too see all the
I thought the pieces were all so unique it was very interesting
so hear the contrasts - Allan and Lucas loved the Morris dance!!"
Thanks again to the Winster Entertainment Group for their
generous support of the weekend.
ZOO are gearing up for the second Jet
Collective workshop, this time at Winster,
in Derbyshire, on 8th/9th October. The Collective (ZOO, plus
Wendy and Pat Sprakes, Sara Littlefield, Steve Salfield and
Clive Loveday) will be developing and extending the compositions
created at the last workshop in June, culminating in a gig
at Winster's Burton Institute on 9th October.
We'd like to thank the Winster Entertainment Group for their
generous support of the weekend.
Recordings of the Jet
Collective's 'Derbyshire Suite' can now be heard on SoundCloud
Jet Collective 'Derbyshire Suite'
ZOO were delighted to be part of the Jet
Collective's experimental 'Derbyshire Suite', which culminated
in a gig in the packed village hall at Stanton in Peak, near
The musicians involved were Steve
Salfield, Sara Littlefield, Clive Loveday, Wendy
Kirkland, Pat Sprakes,
and Reg Clegg, Karen Clegg and Paul
Biggins from ZOO.
We each brought some musical ideas to the event, which were
refined during Saturday and Sunday, and then performed to
an eager and appreciative audience on Sunday evening.
This was so successful (and such great fun!) that we'll definately
repeat the format later in the year. Photos in the Gallery.
ZOO's News for June 2011 - including the iminent 'Derbyshire
Suite' workshop and gig this coming weekend - can be viewed
in the ZOO Newsletter
Martin on the Radio
Lovely to hear Martin
Taylor on the Chris Evans show on Radio 2 today - top
Gigs in May
The Stamford Feast on 29th May closed our rather hectic but
hugely enjoyable trio of gigs in May - Matt
& Phreds in Manchester on 21st was superb, Minus One
at Escuchia in Nottingham
on 27th was a groovy club to play (pics
in the Gallery), and Stamford
Feast was a lovely, relaxed end to the month. Next up
is our involvement with the JET
Collective 'Derbyshire Suite' weekend at Stanton in Peak
ZOO's latest video - 'December', from the Psychodrama
album - doesn't feature ZOO!
The video is ZOO's second collaboration with students from
Leicester's DeMontfort University and the first to not feature
an appearance by the band, apart from the soundtrack!. The
video was shot and produced by Daniel Wilson, Danny Thwaites,
Michal Zemanek, Julia Hadji-Stylianou from DeMontfort University,
see the Video page to view.
ZOO Spring Newsletter (pdf, 456kb)
Gigs in May
After hibernating for the winter, ZOO are shaking off the
winter slumbers with three gigs in May, including a headline
slot at the Stamford Feast on 29th May, and 3 sets at Matt
& Phred's Jazz Club in Manchester on 21st May - details
on the Gigs page.
FATEA Showcase Sessions
ZOO are delighted to be one of the artists featured on the
latest FATEA Showcase Session (Spring 2011), where our song
"Dimanche" from the album Psychodrama
will feature at http://www.fatea-showcase-sessions.co.uk/
from 1st February.
Happy New Year / Performing / General News
Once again, it's a Happy ZOO Year
from everyone in the ZOO Crew - we hope 2011 brings you
everything you wish for.
This post serves as a bit of a year-end round-up:
On 15th December ZOO played the CafeBarContemporary
in Nottingham with the fantastic Stuart
McCallum. Another good gig at this venue, with an appreciative
Paul attended a meeting to discuss the Stamford
Riverside Festival, and is sad to report that the event
won't be happening in 2011.
Also in Stamford, the free jazz sessions at Voodoo
Lounge have come to an end due to falling audience numbers
- times are tough out there!
But the Jet Collective
in Nottingham is hard at work finding bands and venues to
present exciting jazz to wider audiences.
great friend Chris Ashman at Red
Admiral has put together a great ZOO sampler: http://www.myspace.com/kentgigs/music/songs/zoo-sampler-71027048?ap=1
So far ZOO have gigs booked for 2011 on 19th March, 21st
May, 18th June, 20th August and 13th November, with more
in the pipeline. Hope to see you there - your support is
always greatly appreciated.