Richard Iles' Microscopic to join northern line

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in News, projects | No Comments

Microscopic – a stripped back version of The Miniature Brass Emporium

We are pleased to announce that Richard Iles’ Microscopic has joined northern line. Microscopic premiered in 2012 at the Manchester jazz festival at st Anne’s church in the city centre. It was described by Steve Mead ( mjf ) as the highlight of the festival.

Microscopic came about for a specific reason as explained by band leader Richard Iles’ on his website.

Out of the ashes of the coalition’s austerity measures comes a new collective performing stripped-back versions of some of the music from Richard Iles’s Miniature Brass Emporium, as well as new original material. The quartet provides an intimate setting for some of his larger expansive music and a chance to hear the pieces as they were originally conceived. Microscopic is the new miniature version.

Microscopic are:
Richard iles – trumpet/flugel
Mike Williams – alto saxophone
Les Chisnall – piano
Percy Pursglove – bass

As a member of the SNJO, Richard has recently performed with Joe Lovano, John Scofield and Gary Burton; Mike Williams is an unsung hero amongst UK saxophonists and this will be a rare appearance by one of our most original players; Les has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Ian Ballamy; Percy, best known as a trumpet player, is also a gifted bassist, having recently appeared with Evan Parker and The Claudia Quintet.

Note for promoters
Microscopic is an acoustic quartet i.e. they do not require a P.A. but and will require a piano. Richard comments

“I believe that this band most suited to performing in the ambient setting of a church. I would like to explore the possibility of performing in these type of spaces and developing more repertoire compatible with this kind of ensemble”.

For gig enquiries contact Richard via his website