Blazing Flame Quintet is: Steve Day, Peter Evans, Mark Langford, Julian Dale & Marco Anderson.  They use jazz improvisation in interpreting the songs/text of Steve Day. The band grew out of the original Blazing Flame featuring Keith & Julie Tippett.                     

 


 

BLAZING FLAME QUINTET

 


 

 Standing left to right: Mark Langford, Julian Dale.

Seated left to right: Peter Evans, Marco Anderson, Steve Day.

 

 

  • Steve Day, Peter Evans, Julian Dale and Mark Langford have played, improvised and written with/for Keith & Julie Tippett.  In solidarity with Keith's current situation, some of the band's current programme draws on this material.
  • BFQ collectively and individually are involved in 'Concerts For Keith Tippett'.  Over the next six months their set list will include two Keith Tippett compositions never previously performed live.
  • June 2018: Marco Anderson joined BFQ as their regular drummer.  He will be playing on all future BFQ live dates and recordings.
  • July 2018: David Mowat will be featured on trumpet for selected gigs as an additional special guest.
  • BFQ will also be playing a number of concerts in support of Amnesty International.  Planned dates include BFQ at Goldney Lodge Annual Garden Party (August), Steve Day spoken word readings (September), two contemporary music concerts (Electric & Acoustic) in January 2019.
  • In November 2018 BFQ will be recording a new set of material to be released by Leo Records in 2019.

 

 

  NEW BLAZING FLAME QUINTET LIVE DATES FOR SUMMER/AUTUMN 2018 

 

 

 

Blazing Flame at Amnesty International with white chair. 


  • Sunday 5th August 2018 (afternoon) Amnesty International (Bristol), Garden Party, Goldney House, Bristol BS8 1BH; BFQ line-up: Day, Langford, Dale, Anderson, Mowat (Note: Regrettably Peter Evans will be unavailable for this performance.)
  • Saturday 6th October 2018 (afternoon) Longwell Records, Keynsham, BS31 1EH; BFQ line-up: Day, Evans, Langford, Dale, Anderson. (This gig will be filmed for a documentary.)
  • Saturday 20th October 2018 (evening) Three Stephens For Keith - Concert, St Stephen's Bristol BS1 1EQ; An evening dedicated to Keith Tippett. Blazing Flame Quintet line-up: Day, Evans, Langford, Dale, Anderson plus special quest Mowat. The BFQ set will include two short Keith Tippett compositions never played live before.  Innovative pianist Stephen Grew will also be performing a solo set.
  • Thursday 29th November 2018 (doors open 7.30 starts 8.00) The Greenbank, Bristol BS5 6DP Poetry & Music concert - Blazing Flame Quintet with David Mowat; features poetry sets by Julie Tippetts and James Stallard. All donations to Amnesty International.
  • More Live Dates to follow.

  

  • Steve Day Voice/hand-percussion.  Live, he enacts original song form through the ensemble's improvisation.  "Just like the other guys in the band, my interest is in improv.  Sure, my stuff is pre-written, the writing element equates to a personal practice, in performance my words undergo a transformation, perhaps even a translation.   Ornette Coleman to Langston Hughes are among my milestones.  I am who I am, carrying many different writers in my pocket; Yeats, Snyder, Plath and Beckett, plus jazz writers like the great Valerie Wilmer.  Eventually you realise you are somewhere on your own and you have to let them all go to some degree."
  • Peter Evans5-string electric violin/violin.  Peter Evans, the best electric violin player in the UK?  Sure, we've heard what some people are saying, but we know there are other great players.  We'd prefer audiences to come to our gigs and make up their own minds.  It's not about being 'the best'. Peter Evans has his own sound, there is nothing simple about his approach to music.  He had a long association with the Bird Architects, who bridged 'rock', 'jazz' and 'fusion'.  His composition Furlongs Dash is a classic of the genre. As well as being a central force within Blazing Flame Quintet, it is also possible to catch Evans performing the classical repertoire with the Dorian String Quartet and other orchestral ensembles. 
  • Mark Langford:  Tenor saxophone/bass clarinet.  Mark Langford was a founder member of Bristol Music Coop, a catalyst for free improvised music in the South West.  Wind & Fingers, Both Hands Free, Thinko Jazz, Outloud and Bullit were just some of the key bands in which he has played reeds, keyboards, and acted as composer.  He has quickly established himself as a vital voice within Blazing Flame Quintet, but is also involved in free 'jazz'/improvising ensembles with such players as Phil Gibbs, Paul Anstey, Bob Helson, Dominic Lash and Roger Telford.  Check out the recordings, Fringe Music and Exchange.
  • Julian Dale:  Double bass/cello.  He is a former winner of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival's Young Composers Competition.  He teamed up with the original BF-Collective for the Murmuration album.  His career spans a number of key 'jazz' and rock ensembles and has played with jazz pianists such as Tim Richards and Raimundo Fernandez.  He currently has his own solo projects as a singer and conducts as well as composes for string and symphony orchestras, recently producing and arranging a 'chamber version' of Steve Day's I Talk To Genius in which Dale performs all the vocal and instrumental parts.  Dale's 'straight' compositions have been broadcast on Radio 3, his bass playing featured on BBC Radio 1,2,3,4,6 & BBC TV 1, 2 & Channel 4.   
  • Marco Anderson:  Drums/percussion.  Marco Anderson's presence in Blazing Flame Quintet feels like a new beginning.  As if a massive beacon has been beamed into the band.  He is an astonishingly gifted drummer; a genuine creative rhythm hub and complete multi-instrumentalist, producer and teacher.  Anderson has played in a wide variety of settings and bands including jazz with Paul Dunmall, fusion with Peter Evans and blues with the legendary Tony (TS) McPhee.  Anderson brings a dramatic tension to proceedings, offering a wide filigree of percussive colourings. "We are hoping that Marco will also be able to contribute his undoubted production skills to future recordings."  Catch Marco Anderson on all future Blazing Flame Quintet dates.
 

Note:  For contact and live bookings and media promotions for Blazing Flame Quintet: 

earssteveday(at)gmail(dot)com 

  

"Thanks so much for last night. It was a great evening....  the band were hugely impressive.... people there really enjoyed the challenge of your music and performance..... (and) came away raving about you and the band.  Good luck with your work in the future."

 

Geraldine Hill-Male, Chew Valley Arts Project 

 

 The Set List Shuffle (Leo Records CD LR 788)

 

"I am repeatedly listening to the latest Blazing Flame CD - it is mindblowing. Previous albums by Steve Day were really good too, but the band have topped themselves with this one..... In an ideal world, such a project/record should be number one." 

 

David Cristol, The Jazz Magazine, France 

 

"....an organic melding of vocal and instrumental, structure and liberty, clarity and allusion."  

 

Tom Greenland, The York City Jazz Record, USA 

 

 

  

 

Ian Maund, Sandy Brown Jazz, 2017, UK

 

In a way it takes us back to Poetry and Jazz, born in the 1920s with poets like Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot but very much a part of Jack Kerouac and Bob Kaufman's 'Beat' generation. That means that the poetry is a central part. The verse itself is complicated and so to respond to it, listener or musician, you have to have some grasp of its intention.

 

David Amran, Jack Kerouac's musical colleague is quoted as saying: '.....We did listen intently to one another. Jazz is all about listening and sharing. I never drowned out one word of whatever Jack was reading or making up on the spot..... We had mutual respect for one another, and anyone who joined us received the same respect.'

 

The (BFQ) music is improvised. Peter Evans, Julian Dale and Anton Henley have played with larger ensembles of Blazing Flame before. They know the name of the game. Mark Langford is new to the line-up, but you would never know. These are very talented musicians who not only play fine solos but who respond and understand each other well. (There is an) unseen dynamic that takes place between Steve's approach and the response it brings from the musicians.

 

Click on King Of The Raina track from The Set List Shuffle,

filmed during the recording of the album.

 

 

Blazing Flame Quintet - Background Information 

 

Click Blazing Flame Quintet - Loach Song in concert at Ashburton-Live 2017 

 

Click Blazing Flame Quintet - Loach Song live at Cafe Kino 2017.

 

Click Blazing Flame Quintet - Jay live at Cafe Kino 2017 

 

Blazing Flame are regularly featured on national and independent radio in the UK and Europe as well as podcasts and smaller stations in America and Canada.  From the beginning the legendary French specialist Taran's Free Jazz Hour have given all three Blazing Flame CD's on Leo Records airplay.  The whole shows are Click red listen.  The time count is given if you want to go straight to Blazing Flame:

 

  • Blazing Flame Quintet are featured playing Coal Black Buddha click Taran's Free Jazz Hour (3) from The Set List Shuffle. Time count: 1:21
  • Blazing Flame are featured playing Off The Coast Of Fukushima and Bed Of Straw click Taran's Free Jazz Hour (2) from Murmuration. Time count: 52.22
  • Blazing Flame are featured playing Baptised Boy and There's A Spark In The Heart Of Joan Of Arc click Taran's Free Jazz Hour (1) from Play High Mountain Top. Time count: 1.14. (Note: This programe also features Taran Singh giving a superb reading of Langston Hughes' Six-Bits Blues.)

Blazing Flame Quintet grew out of the original Blazing Flame, see below. 

 

 Click Blazing Flame - Blow

 

Click Blazing Flame - Nemesis For Nina 

 

Click Blazing Flame - The Mona Lisa

 

Click Blazing Flame - Stone Circle

 

Click Blazing Flame - Ghost Writer 

 

 

Film soundtrack:  recorded & mixed at J & J Studios by Jim Barr.  Filming & editing by Steve Gear & Nick Sutton at Calling The Shots.