April 17th, 2014 | Published in Blog
Post-Jazz, skronk, shred, and fire from Alex Ward (the guitarist Stewart Lee calls “a compulsively creative polymath”), Dom Lash, Tim Hill and Mark Sanders.
Two sets from Predicate sandwiching a new piece by Dan Bennett for two guitarists + 1 electronicist
Predicate is led by Alex Ward (“a compulsively creative polymath” – Stewart Lee; “one of those musicians who seems to get interesting music out of anything he touches” – Nate Dorward) and features Tim Hill on alto, baritone and sopranino saxes, Dominic Lash on double bass, and Mark Sanders on drums.
Ward writes the compositions for the quartet and plays electric guitar (he is also known in other contexts as a clarinettist). The music, while often taking a high-energy free-jazz approach as its starting point, also incorporates the electric aggression of rock, the abstract interplay of non-idiomatic improvisation and a diverse range of compositional tactics into an intense and unclassifiable whole.
Predicate played their first show in February 2010, and since then have performed regularly around the UK, including a Jazz Services tour in spring 2012. Their second album, “NAILS”, is out now on Gaffer Records, and can be streamed in full at the following link: http://gafferrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nails.