Engines of Creation – Out Now!

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In his debut release as a leader, saxophonist and composer Phil Meadows takes joy in capturing snaphots of situations that have triggered personal ‘Engines of Creation’. From tales of cartoonish characters and trivial battles, to marking pivotal situations, arrivals and departures – Meadows’ clever episodic writing balances an eclectic range of contemporary influences, strong improvisational language, and wit. The group showcases players from an important new wave of rising British talent, featuring trumpeter Laura Jurd, pianist Elliot Galvin, bassist Conor Chaplin and drummer Simon Roth.

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A collection of rising stars on the British Jazz Scene

Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3

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Bio

phil - small_med_97Phil Meadows is fast emerging as one of the UK’s most creative young jazz musicians. Wanting to play saxophone after seeing Lisa Simpson duet with Bleeding Gums Murphy it was at the age of 12 that Phil new exactly what he wanted to spend his life doing. As a saxophonist he performs with the self titled ‘Phil Meadows Group’ whose acclaimed debut album ‘Engines of Creation’ has since been toured throughout the UK with support from Jazz Services. Until recently Meadows was also the lead alto for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain and can be seen performing regularly with a myriad of other ensembles. With recent success in the prestigious ‘Peter Whittingham Jazz Award’ Phil is now the musical and artistic director of the brand new twenty-piece ‘Engines Orchestra’ set to record and release a brand new suite of original music in collaboration with the Phil Meadows Group on Boom Better Records later this year. This ambitious project is set to see Meadows working with musicians of all genres and developing new music with a cross section of artists over the coming years.

Throughout his career so far he has been welcomed onto some of Europe’s most respected jazz platforms including the Bimhuis in Amsterdam where he was the youngest, only Briton and only saxophonist in the final of the ‘European Keep an Eye Jazz Soloist Competition’. He has also performed at the BBC Proms, Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Bridgewater Hall and the Sage in Gateshead. In February 2012 Phil was also invited to perform for Her Majesty the Queen as part of the jubilee celebrations. His passion for music is carried throughout the industry where Meadows is one of musical directors at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra running their weekly improvisation ensemble ‘NYJO London’. He is also an avid writer who’s words can be read in Hot House; a regular contribution for JazzUK magazine giving exposure to the increasingly talented new wave of British jazz music.

During his education, Phil studied at some of the UK’s finest institutions. Firstly at Manchester’s internationally renowned Chetham’s School of Music before moving on to study jazz at Leeds College of Music where he graduated with a first class honours being awarded the ‘George Murphy Prize for Saxophone’. Phil was then offered a place on the  ‘Arches Scholarship’ to study jazz at postgraduate level at Trinity Laban motivating his move to the capital to completed his masters degree in 2012.

His musical inspiration is varied. Phil grew up on the ever diverse Manchester and Leeds jazz scenes that have brought us Beats and PiecesRoller Trio, GoGo Penguin and LIMA (Leeds Improvised Music Association). His love of original music is heard through his own writing influenced by Dave Binney, John Hollenbeck and Tigran Hamasyan fused his passion for the ambient, electronica label NinjaTune and European jazz masters ECM. Phil has had the opportunity to work alongside some of his favourite musicians including Tim Garland, Jason Yarde, Soweto Kinch, Jacqui Dankworth and the Cinematic Orchestra’s Stuart McCallum and Luke Flowers.

Phil is also proud to be associated with RICO Reeds and Yanagisawa Saxophones which Phil both plays and recommends.

A great stage presence and an unforgettable instrumental style

Chris Ackerley, Jazzwise Magazine

Gigs

Date Artist City Venue Country
22/11/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Engines Orchestra + Phil Meadows Group ‘Lifecycles’ Engines Orchestra + Phil Meadows Group ‘Lifecycles’ in London Kings Place United Kingdom
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: £9.50 + Booking Fee. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 020 7520 1490. Address: 90 York Way. The launch of the brand new cross-genre Engines Orchestra. Their first project sees the release of Lifecycles, a new suite of music in collaboration with the Phil Meadows Group supported by Help Musicians UK, Arts Council England and Serious. Buy Tickets More information
22/11/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ EO Workshop: Phil Meadows Group EO Workshop: Phil Meadows Group in London Kings Place United Kingdom
Time: 10:00am. Admission: £Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 90 York Way. The Engines Orchestra, in partnership with the Phil Meadows Group want your help writing the first ever EFG London Jazz Festival audience commission. Open to all ages, wether musicians or not come and be part of this special event and hear it performed at the Engines Orchestra launch gig in the afternoon!
26/10/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group + NYJO London Phil Meadows Group + NYJO London in London The Vortex United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: £10/8 cons.. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 020 7254 4097. Address: 11 Gillett Street. Venue phone: 020 7254 4097. The Phil Meadows Group return to the Vortex with their hard-hitting original music featuring Laura Jurd (trumpet), Elliot Galvin (piano), Sam Vicary (bass) and Simon Roth (drums). Supporting the group are NYJO London – an ensemble of talented, young London-based under 18 jazz musicians Phil mentors weekly. Buy Tickets
21/09/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ The Worshipful Company of Musicians – 2014 Young Jazz Award Final The Worshipful Company of Musicians – 2014 Young Jazz Award Final in London Pizza Express Jazz Club United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: £15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 0845 6027 017. Address: 10, Dean Street, Soho. Venue phone: 0845 6027 017. This award is given to an exceptionally talented young British jazz musician, chosen by audience vote after this show at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho. The Winner receives a medal, a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with his band as part of the Company’s jazz programme at a gig during the summer. This year’s finalists are: Phil Meadows (alto sax) Nadim Teimoori (tenor saxophone) Tom Green (trombone) Sam James (piano) Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass) Moses Boyd (drums) Buy Tickets
27/07/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in London Pizza Express Jazz Club United Kingdom
Time: 1:00pm. Admission: £15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 0845 6027 017. Address: 10, Dean Street, Soho. Venue phone: 0845 6027 017.
03/07/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in Bedford, Bedfordshire The Ent Shed United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10/8 cons.. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 118 Castle Road. More information
22/06/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in London Omnibus United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: £15/£12. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 0844 477 1000. Address: 1 Northside Clapham Common. Venue phone: 0844 477 1000.
09/06/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in London The Forge United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3-7 Delancey Street. Venue phone: 020 7383 7808.
23/05/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in London Wigmore Hall United Kingdom
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: TBC. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 36 Wigmore St. Venue phone: 020 7258 8200.
28/04/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in London The Oxford United Kingdom
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: £5. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 256 Kentish Town Road.
10/04/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in London Spice of Life United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £10/8. Address: 6 Moor Street.
26/01/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in London The Vortex United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £9. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 020 7254 4097. Address: 11 Gillett Street. Venue phone: 020 7254 4097.
22/01/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ National Youth Jazz Orchestra National Youth Jazz Orchestra in London Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £35. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: 020 7439 0747. Address: 47 Frith St. Venue phone: 020 7439 0747.
21/01/14 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ National Youth Jazz Orchestra National Youth Jazz Orchestra in London Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £35. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: 020 7439 0747. Address: 47 Frith St. Venue phone: 020 7439 0747.
29/09/13 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group + Matt Bourne Phil Meadows Group + Matt Bourne in London The Vortex United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £9. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Box office: 020 7254 4097. Address: 11 Gillett Street. Venue phone: 020 7254 4097.
Engines of Creation UK Tour
09/07/13 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in Birmingham The Spotted Dog United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £Donations. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 104 Warwick St.
04/07/13 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in Northwich Davenham Players Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £8. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 59 Church Street. Venue phone: 01606 74502.
03/07/13 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in Manchester Matt and Phreds United Kingdom
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: £Free – Table booking advised.. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 64 Tib St. Venue phone: 0161 831 7002.
02/07/13 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in Liverpool Parr Jazz United Kingdom
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: £3 on the door. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: Studio 2, 33-45 Parr St. Venue phone: 01517073727.
01/07/13 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in Altrincham The Cinnamon Club United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: The Bowdon Rooms, The Firs. Venue phone: 0161 926 8992.
30/06/13 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in Leeds Seven Arts Centre United Kingdom
Time: 1:00pm. Admission: £5/4 on the door. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 31A Harrogate Rd. Venue phone: 0113 262 6777.
29/06/13 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in Bury The Met United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £8/5. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Market Street. Venue phone: 0161 761 2216.
27/06/13 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in London Jazz Re:Freshed United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £5 on the door. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: MauMau – 265 Portobello Rd.
Engines of Creation Teaser
27/05/13 http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/calendar/ Phil Meadows Group Phil Meadows Group in London Jazz In The Round United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £8. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth St. Venue phone: 020 7258 2925.

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