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Madwort Saxophone Quartet

2nd Mar 17 // 18:30

Madwort Sax Quartet brings together four diverse improvising saxophonists from across the UK scene. Led by Tom Ward and playing his original compositions, the project's influences include numerology and the movement of the planet earth through space, Steve Coleman, pioneering saxophone quartet ROVA, Tim Berne, and transcriptions of bird song. The quartet played to a sold-out Portico Library at Manchester Jazz Festival 2015, and recorded their debut album live in Spring 2016 at a packed Hundred Years Gallery in London, documenting Tom's music and capturing the infectious energy of a live gig.

£5, £10 or £20 - you choose!

What we are

OUT FRONT! is a not-for-profit music development organisation based in Derby. We present a monthly series of concerts for all ages that explores the rich worlds of jazz, modern creative and totally improvised music, all at an affordable price; and are planning a week of music in Derby.

Our main aims are

  • to aid development of a complete and holistic jazz scene in Derby and the Midlands;
  • to improve the range, access and appreciation of jazz and improvised music in the Midlands region; and
  • to develop a nationally respected infrastructure for jazz, jazz-related and improvised music in Derby.

What We're About

Listening to live music is part of the cultural education of a population; and a rounded cultural education of the population contributes positively to the health and economy for a city. When families listen to music together, it can improve social cohesion.

Improvisation is one of the pinnacles of human creative achievement; and jazz is the primary art form that showcases the passionate dedication required to develop memory, listening, reflexes, collaborative teamwork, and high technical skill. Being able to experience this (either through attending a concert, or playing) can inspire and empower; not just in music, but in other social and work-related activities.

OUT FRONT! has a primary focus on showcasing this amazing music through engaging households to experience live jazz and improvised music; and making those events accessible in terms of pricing, environment and time. This has the potential to bring children and young adults into contact with the music without diminishing family time.