Monday July 4th: James Mainwaring’s Tipping Point

We’ve come to our last gig of the current season, and we’re delighted to be using it to welcome an incredible band for their one London date of a current UK tour – saxophonist and composer James Mainwaring’s Tipping Point!

tipping point

Tipping Point:

James Mainwaring – saxophone / effects

Matthew Bourne – rhodes

Michael Bardon – bass

Joost Hendrickx – drums

Saxophonist, composer, singer-songwriter and now label boss James Mainwaring is perhaps best known as a founder member of the Mercury Prize nominated Roller Trio or more recently as a collaborator with and touring member of fellow Mercury nominees Django, Django, who he met at the 2012 awards. Tipping Point is his new project and the second release on Lamplight Social Records, the label he founded to release the second Roller Trio album, Fracture, after becoming frustrated with the machinations of the music industry.

Tipping Point features James Mainwaring on saxophone and effects alongside British improvised music legend Matthew Bourne Fender Rhodes and two of the UK’s most individual instrumentalists; Michael Bardon double bass and Joost Hendrickx drums. Members of the band have previously collaborated on projects such as; Dave Kane’s Rabbit Project, the Fusebox Orchestra, Shatner’s Bassoon and Mainwaring/Bardon/Horne amongst many others. It was whilst studying at Leeds College of Music 2007 – 2010 when Mainwaring, Bardon and Hendrickx met and were tutored by Bourne, a pianist whose innovative approach to improvisation and teaching proved to be a great influence on them that the genesis for Tipping Point was born. “Mick and I used to jam as a duo, improvising until we burst out laughing and that would be the end of a tune. We’ve all spent a lot of time working on and thinking about improvisation, absorbing contemporary classical and world influences, looking at different ways of sounding together but being free, different ways of organising sounds, Bourne’s got a PhD in it” says Mainwaring. Toying with language internalised from a vast range of music such as jazz, contemporary classical and north Indian classical, Mainwaring’s compositions for Tipping Point aim to evoke playfulness, mindfulness, darkness and extremes of emotion, the band journeys from reflective ambience to intense aggression, using telepathic improvisations, angular melodies and unorthodox sounds from eerie to comic.

“Playful, dark, skilful and spontaneous… a surefooted trip across many persuasions in contemporary music.” – John Fordham, The Guardian ****

“Moments of collective beauty” – Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise ****

“Adventurous, ironic, playful, and humorous” – Nick Stevenson, Jazzlines

This is going to be an awesome gig with which to end our run, and we hope you can come and join us and catch these brilliant musicians on a rare-ish visit to London – we recommend a prompt arrival to get a good seat!

As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9 – entry £10 / 5.

See you there!


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