GRENFELL TOWER ART AUCTION @ VOUT-O-REENEES
Kate Westbrook's Actæon and Diana in the Valley, oil on canvas 25 x 35 cm, is among over 40 pieces of art being auctioned at Vout-O-Reenees on 21st July 2017 in aid of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. More details
Actæon and Diana in the Valley
Kate Westbrook oil on canvas 25 x 35 cm
BLAKE BURNS BRIGHT IN BURY
Smith’s Academy’s Spring activities ended on a high with what many judged to be “the best ever performance of The Westbrook Blake”, presented by Airshaft Trust at the Bury St Edmunds Festival. The Westbrook Blake will be back next season.
Meanwhile here’s a clip of Billy Thompson’s solo on Let The Slave,
(courtesy of Matt North)
SEX and POWER
The Stash Gallery at Vout-O-Reenees
SEX and POWER opens on Thursday 11th May
The Crypt, 30 Prescot Street,
Some pieces by Kate are on show.
SMITH'S ACADEMY INFORMER (SAI 106 - September 2017)
The latest edition of the Westbrook Newsletter, The Smith's Academy Informer is now online.
THE CORTEGE- NOW ON FILM
Tony Staveacre’s documentary of the 1982 tour of the Westbrooks’ masterwork featuring Kate Westbrook, Phil Minton and a star-packed Orchestra can now be seen on YouTube
Part One Part Two
A stunning performance on a stormy night at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis brought to a close the current tour by this contemporary music ensemble featuring the voices of Kate Westbrook and Sara Owen in music by Berio, Walton, Weill, Vaughan Williams, Morton Feldman, Bartok, Donatoni and Judith Weir. We look forward eagerly to the group’s return.
More information about Lavolta
Also of Current Interest
DIANA AND ACTÆON IN CHELSEA
The first chance to view paintings from Kate’s Diana and Actæon series occured at the Chelsea Arts Club, London, it opened on March 21st 2017 and ran until April 9th. Coincidentally it was on March 21st in 1891 that the Arts Club was founded, at the instigation of that great and controversial artist James Abbot McNeil Whistler. It has been a hub of artistic life in the capital ever since, its membership covering a wide range of artists, famous and infamous. Kate’s CAC exhibition anticipates one in May 2018 which will be the first public showing of this important new series.
New additions to Kate Westbrook’s series of oils, gouaches and charcoal drawings, plus information and films, in which she takes Ovid’s Diana and Actæon story as her starting point, may now be seen on Kate’s Gallery Site.
LOVE FOR SALE
The complete version of the Westbrook Trio's take on the Cole Porter classic, filmed live in St Etienne in 1993:
SERPENT HIT NEWS
What they are saying about THE SERPENT HIT
Some of our foremost Jazz writers respond to the album.
See the the articles by
Richard Williams, Chris Parker, John Fordham, Dave Gelly, Stephen Graham,
Duncan Heining, Andy Robson and Chris Searle.
More information about The Serpent Hit & The CD
MICHAEL FINNISSY - TRANSGRESSIVE GOSPEL PAGE
We have a page about Michael Finnissy's Transgressive Gospel which was premiered at Wilton's Music Hall in London as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival in June 2009. Kate Westbrook joined Richard Jackson and Finnissy's favourite ensemble IXION. Michael Finnissy conducted the piece.
FINE 'N YELLOW
The CD version of Fine ‘n Yellow is now re-issued on ASC Rcords (ASC CD 149) with UK distribution by Proper Note. The album is also available from Westbrook Records.
You can also download Fine 'n Yellow as a CD quality Flac file or as an MP3 file from Westbrook Downloads. We have changed our download host and we can once again offer the download all over the world.
Following rave reviews in the French Jazz Press the Fine ‘n Yellow album was selected by staff reviewers of the Italian magazine Musica Jazz as one of the top albums of the year. CDs will now bear the sticker ‘consigliato da musica jazz’ recommended by Musica Jazz).
ENGLISH SOUP DVD/CD
Now available exclusively from Westbrook Records, in a Special Limited Edition for collectors, comprising DVD, audio CD and Recipes.
See here for details
Selected Westbrook recordings can now be purchased online direct from Westbrook Records with payment being made via PayPal. (It's possible to pay using PayPal without opening an account with them). It's also possible to pay by cheque if you wish.
Further information on the CDs available and how to pay
are on the main Westbrook Records page.
We've added CDs of The Cortege, Chanson Irresponsable and The Orchestra of Smith's Academy to the list of CDs and DVDs that you can buy direct from Westbrook Records. The price of the DVD/CD English Soup has also been dramatically reduced!
Take a look.
BBC JAZZ ON 3 MARKED THE CENTENARY OF THE OUTBREAK OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR WITH THE WESTBROOKS’ “PICARDIE”
On Monday August 4th 2014 BBC Jazz on 3 broadcasted in full The Picardie section from the album London Bridge is Broken Down by Kate and Mike Westbrook.
Details of the London Bridge album
The BBC Radio 3 interview with Kate and Mike can be heard on SoundCloud.
KATE AND MIKE WESTBROOK
The Paris Interview 'Passent a Table ' Jazz Magazine
Download a PDF copy in French
KATE WESTBROOK ON FACEBOOK
Kate Westbrook joins Mike Westbrook on Facebook.
Please visit and "like" Kate's page: http://tinyurl.com/6g7orom
Mike's Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/66ufq7z
The Uncommon Orchestra Page: http://tinyurl.com/j2gkoqs
WESTBROOKJAZZ NOW ON TWITTER
Follow Westbrookjazz on Twitter: http://twitter.com/westbrookjazz
BIGGER SHOW - SWISS SYLE!
Mike and Kate Westbrook will be guests at the Unerhört Festival , Zurich at the end of November.
There will be performances of music from A Bigger Show with a big band of Jazz students in Lucerne and Winterthur. The centenary of the birth of Thelonious Monk will be celebrated during the festival with a series of solo piano concerts, one of which will be given by Mike Westbrook. Mike will then return to 19 rue Paul Fort in Paris for a French launch of the PARIS CD, recorded there last summer.
See Diary for details.
NEXT STOP BIRMINGHAM
Following the Uncommon Orchestra’s stunning performances at The Albany and The Apex, next outing for the “Phantasmagorical Circus” will be the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham on December 17th, courtesy of Birmingham Jazz and sponsored by Airshaft Trust. Its been too long since a Westbrook band last played the city ( was it Big Band Rossini?) so special thanks to trombonist Joe Carnell, now studying at the Conservatoire, for renewing the connection.
For Matt North’s ‘ Taste of Bury’ see here
To see more films, listen to sound samples, read the reviews and find out how to buy the album,