Brian Irvine Ensemble

Roman Mints: Violin, Kate Ellis: Cello, James Allsopp: Saxophones and Clarinets, Richard Mawhinney: Saxophone, Kevin Lawless: Saxophone, David Liddell: Trombone, Alex Bonney: Trumpet, Matthew Bourne: Piano, Phil Smyth: Electric Bass, Bill Campbell: Electric Guitar, Stephen Davis: Percussion, Andrew Lavery: Percussion, Brian Irvine: Conductor/Composer




9PM, £14 (£10 conc) HERE



booking fee included


This visceral, boundary busting ensemble makes a unique type of music – a music that effortlessly mutates elements of contemporary classical, improvisation, theatre, thrash, cartoonary and ensemble playing in manner that screams irreverence, joy and virtuosity.
Think a mutant cocktail of Han Bennink and the Instant Composers Pool, Zappa and Icebreaker but with a heavy dollop of Beefheart, Ornette Coleman or John Zorn. They have performed all over the world to widespread critical acclaim headlining at some of the worlds leading contemporary jazz/music festivals including the Bath International Jazz Festival and The National Library of Congress, Washington.
They even picked up the prestigious Radio 3 Jazz Award for their cut up reimagining of Ivor Cutlers poetry. They have not toured or performed for over 6 years and this performance marks the beginning of a new reinvented era for the ensemble. They will perform a new work specially commissioned by Moving on Music entitled Not Gods But Animals as well as some older repertoire. This is a rare opportunity to hear a band that truly “scares the bejabers out of the diehards” (Sunday Times) – not to be missed.

“The Brian Irvine Ensemble isn’t an orchestra, really. It’s more of a traveling explosion — a kinetic, freewheeling circus where the musicians dance, blow bubbles, cluck at one another like chickens, fall over “drunk” and watch imaginary notes float through the air, all while making some of the most exhilarating and imaginative music you’ll ever hope to hear” Washington Post

“Brian Irvine’s body of work is an example of the musical treasures half hidden in the cracks between the categories” The Guardian