Somersaults | TUES 19 JUN 8:30pm | £8 adv / £10 door | BUY TICKETS HERE (booking fee applies)
Somersaults is the improvising trio of Tobias Delius (tenor sax, clarinet), Olie Brice (double bass) and Mark Sanders (drums). Their debut album was released on the Two Rivers label in 2015. This gig will be recorded, with the intention of being the 2nd album by the group.
“This is European free improv at its best -****½“- The Free Jazz Blog
“a unique and rewarding listen” – Clifford Allen, New York City Jazz Record
Olie Brice is a double bassist, improviser and composer. He leads the Olie Brice Quintet, described by Richard Williams as “one of the most interesting and satisfying bands on the current UK scene”. The Olie Brice Quintet have released two albums, ‘Immune to Clockwork’ in 2014 and ‘Day After Day’ in 2017. He also leads an improvising trio, the Somersaults Trio, featuring Tobias Delius and Mark Sanders.
Brice is also in demand as a collaborator and band-member. He has appeared with musicians including Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Laubrock and Ken Vandermark, among many others, and is a member of bands led by Dee Byrne, Alex Ward and Loz Speyer.
Mark has had a career taking in many styles and genres, this history informs his now mainly free improvisation based work, but he also works in theatre, dance, contemporary classical and conceptual art situations.
He has played with many renowned improvising musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Okkyung Lee, Barry Guy, Jah Wobble, Charles Gayle, Peter Evans, Trevor Watts, William Parker, Nate Wooley, Ivo Perelman and Nicole Mitchell.
He works with John Edwards in a duo and with groups including trios with Evan Parker, John Butcher, Elliott Sharp and many other groups visiting the UK and in Europe. Part from a regular duo with John Butcher he also performs John`s composition`Tarab Cuts` which has played festivals in Brazil and Europe.
He also has his own group `StaggerLee Wonders` including Black Radical Poetry and Prose, featuring Cleveland Watkiss and Robert Mitchell, the trio `Shofar` with Pat Thomas and Rachel Musson. He is in a longstanding duo with Sarah Gail Brand which has featured on the BBC`s `The Stuart Lee Show`and in the film `Taking the dog for a Walk`. They also have a group featuring Steve Beresford.
With multi media artist Christian Marclay, Mark has played around Europe in his pieces`Everyday` and `Screenplay` also as a soloist for his 2015 exhibition at The White Cube Gallery, London. For Conceptual artist Henrik Hakensen`s film `The End` he has performed as an improvising soloist , playing with Orchestras in Glasgow, Sydney and Monte Carlo.
In situations using composition in one form or another Mark works in various projects including `13 Vices` with Jennifer Walshe/Brian Irvine and The Red Note Ensemble, Sarah Sarhandi`s `Both Universe`, Elaine Michener`s `Sweet Tooth` and has played in various groups of Shabaka Hutchins`. As a guest with New York`s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn`s `The Tempest` in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival.
He is a member of the groups of Paul Rogers, Paul Dunmall, Simon H Fell, Julie Kjaer`s `Both Worlds`, in duo and `Frisque Concordance` with Georg Graewe , Mikolaj Trzaska and the groups `Rope` and `Foils`.
Mark is a Lecturer at Leeds College of Music and Guest Tutor at The Royal Academy of Music, London.
Tobias Delius (born 15 July 1964 in Oxford, England) is an English musician, who plays the tenor saxophone and clarinet. Delius began playing saxophone in 1980 in Germany. In 1983-1984 he lived in Mexico City where he played in the “Cuarteto Mexicano de Jazz” led by pianist Francixco Téllez.
Delius moved to Amsterdam in 1984 and studied for a short while at the Sweelinck Conservatorium. He soon became involved with Amsterdam improvisers and dropped his studies to immerse himself in the improvised music scene. In 1990 he was awarded the Podiumprijs from the organisation Stichting Jazz in The Netherlands. In February 2004, Delius was awarded the VPRO/Boy Edgar Award, the Netherlands’ most prestigious award in improvised music.
He has worked in Europe and overseas with among others Steve Lacy, Louis Moholo’s Viva-la-black, Bill Frisell, Mark Feldman and Trio Clusone, Misha Mengelberg, Steve Beresford, Jeb Bishop, Kent Kessler, Nora Mulder & Hamid Drake and Ray Anderson. Tobias Delius leads his own quartet with Tristan Honsinger (cello), Joe Williamson (double bass) and Han Bennink (drums). The CDs The Heron, Toby’s Mloby and Pelikanismus were enthusiastically received both at home and abroad.
Delius has a duo with bassist Wilbert de Joode, forms a trio with keyboard player Cor Fuhler and various drummers (Louis Moholo and Paul Lovens to name two), and initiated the Trio San Francisco with reed players South African Sean Bergin and Italian Daniele D’Agaro. He has formed apa ini, a group with Wilbert de Joode, Hilary Jeffery (trombone) and Serigne Gueye (djembe).
He can be heard in a variety of groups, including Available Jelly, Hammeriver, Sean Bergin’s MOB, ICP Orchestra, Chris Abelen Quintet, Joost Buis and his Famous Astronotes, Frank van Bommel Quartet and Curtis Clark.