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Tongues of Fire
A contemporary, modern street band revelling in the sounds of church and chapel, circus and gypsy brass bands, the free jazz marches of Albert Ayler and the cosmic carnival of Sun Ra.
A reed, brass and percussion band playing new music inspired by the richness of folklore, mythology, landscape and hidden histories and by the mysteries of improvisation and the glories of noise
Tongues of Fire play concert and club stages, outdoor festivities and processions. Our music comprises strong grooves and themes, rich arrangements, inspired soloing and riotous group playing.
We also we play sounds from Jamaica, the Balkans and the contemporary marching bands and shout bands of the southern United States and mine English traditions like the west gallery and non-conformist chapel bands, seasonal celebrations, fairgrounds and rough musics.
The band was founded by saxophonist and composer Tim Hill in 2004 and features musicians drawn from the worlds of free jazz, brass bands, contemporary classical, theatre and samba.
What we do
Create new music for reeds, brass and percussion, performing as an eight piece band at concerts, clubs and festivals.
Play as a street band for outdoor events, carnivals and festivals. This seven/eight piece band features a riot of reeds and brass based round the whirlwind drumming of Steve Noble and Dan Fox.
Research street bands and processional traditions here and around the world.
Devise education and participatory projects around street bands, processions and outdoor celebration.
We can also combine these elements for special events and create one off celebrations combining music, performance, visuals and food.
Tongues of Fire are working on procession ideas for performances in 2006. Several members of the band have long experience with processions, feasts and outdoor performance. We have an excellent group of associate performers and artists.
Reeds and flutes - Geoff Hawkins, Pete McPhail,
Simon Prince, Tim Hill
French Horn- Julian Faultless.
Trombone- Harry Dawes.
Bass - Dominic Lash.
Drums - Steve Noble and Dan Fox
The bands collective credits include:
Welfare State International, The London Jazz Composers Orchestra, IUO Theatre, Ensemble Modern, Theatre d’Complicite, Salt, Trevor Watts Moiré Music, Motionhouse Dance Company, Lee and Dawes Theatre, Doegtroup, Pandaemonium, The Britten Sinfonia, The Bow Gamelan Ensemble and Stephen Mottram's Animata.
For general booking, further information, CD’s and photos contact:
Tim Hill, 1, Lilleson Court Cottage, Wrantage, Taunton, TA3 6BT
01823 490 219
For street band and outdoor projects contact:
Tongues of Fire have been assisted by funding from ACE and are working with Simon Chatterton of Elemental Arts to develop street band music, performances and projects.
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