Jazzlines Fellow and rising Jazz star Chris Mapp launches debut recording with Gonimoblast

Gonimoblast, fronted by Town Hall & Symphony Hall Jazzlines Fellow, Chris Mapp, are set to launch debut album Always Darkness Before Dawnn on 2 April

An exciting new pioneering jazz ensemble, Gonimoblast, led by THSH Jazzlines Fellow Chris Mapp, are releasing their first studio album, Always Darkness Before Dawnn (ADBD) digitally via Bandcamp this Thursday 2 April.

ADBD offers strikingly original music that combines measures of harsh, dark experimental tones, mixed with joyful clashes, all underlined by a narrative thread of improvisation. The album draws inspiration from doom metal as well as from stars of the Norwegian improv scene.

Chris said, “Making music with this band is something I want to do as much as possible, and the Jazzlines fellowship is enabling me to do just that. It is fantastic that experimental improvised music is being supported in this way. The commonality between all the musicians involved in this project is the love of improvisation.”

“There is also a heavy focus on electronics in this band. One of the sonic areas I have become interested in exploring most, as a performer and composer, is the use of electronics to obscure source sounds to create a collective voice. This is done both at the time of recording and in the editing and mixing stage.”

“Always darkest before dawnn is the beginning of what will be a very interesting journey for this band, and I feel incredibly lucky to have been given the chance to explore its potential.”

To purchase the album visit http://gonimoblast.bandcamp.com on Thursday 2 April, or visit http://www.chrismapp.co.uk/gonimoblast.htm and register for free email updates and you’ll receive a free track download.

Soon to be recognised as one of the finest experimental musical projects around, Gonimoblast recorded ADBD in one improvised session after which Chris completed the signature process of editing, manipulating and re-arranging the material to form the new, final compositions.

ADBD is the first in a series of recordings set to be released by Gonimoblast over the next 12 months, as part of Chris Mapp’s Jazzlines Fellowship, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The collective theme of this complete set of works is improvisation and electronics. Over the next year the group will be taking to the stage in a number of improvised live performances, including a special two day residency in November featuring special guests – dates and locations to be announced.

Since forming in 2013, Birmingham-based Gonimoblast has combined an edgy marriage of improvisation with electronics, which has been honed under the support and guidance of the Jazzlines Fellow scheme.
Philip Woods, Jazzlines Programme Manager, said, “Gonimoblast’s first studio album is certainly not to be missed and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to support Chris in the unfolding of this musical adventure through THSH’s Jazzlines programme and thanks to the support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
“It is thanks to the likes of Chris and Gonimoblast, that Birmingham is now a leading jazz centre for the UK. Jazzlines is excited to have played a part in their journey and have absolutely no doubt that they’ll be leaving a mark on the musical landscape.”
Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the Jazzlines Fellows scheme is in its second year and helps supremely talented UK musicians, aged between 21 and 35 in their early to mid-stage musical career.

The fellowships provides mentoring, as well as one-to-one advice, master classes, professional development workshops, resources to support artistic development, as well as high profile performance opportunities.
The Jazzlines programme is run by Town Hall Symphony Hall, managed by registered charity, Performances Birmingham Ltd.
As well as welcoming over half a million people to around 800 concerts in both our halls and elsewhere in Birmingham each year, we also connect over 13,000 young people and adults to a world of music with our broad and exciting education, community, and talent development programme.


Note to Editors

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of around 800 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 600,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 13,000 young people and adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

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Jerwood Charitable Foundation

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts. For more information on the Jerwood Charitable Foundation visit: www.jerwoodcharitablefoundation.org