Worldservice Project // Brit Punk-Jazz (GB)
An intriguing mix of Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Meshuggah and Stravinsky – all spiralling around in a Monty Python universe
Winners of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, and nominated for ‘Young European Jazz Artist 2014’ WorldService Project are the leading specialists of Brit ‘punk-jazz’, two of the most alarming genre titles in the history of 20th Century music. Combined, they create an intriguing mix of Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Meshuggah and Stravinsky – all spiralling around in a Monty Python universe.
Having performed hundreds of concerts across 18 countries of the world, WSP have taken their intense live show to some of the world’s most respected festivals, including Tokyo Jazz Festival, Umea Jazz (Sweden), Tampere Jazz Happening (Finland), Ljubljana Jazz Festival (Slovenia), London Jazz Festival (UK), Gateshead International Jazz Festival (UK), Jazz sur son 31 (France), 12 Points Festival (Portugal), Jazz Art Sengawa (Japan) and in addition have toured extensively through Germany, Ireland, Poland, Estonia, France, Ukraine, Italy and Norway.
In 2013, WSP embarked on ‘Music and Miles’, a 35-date tour of the USA, visiting 17 States, and live performances in Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans, Detroit and Philadelphia.
2015/16 saw WSP’s first adventures in Asia, performing 20 concerts in China, including the world-renowned JZ Club in Shanghai and festivals in Shenzhen (OCT-LOFT), Shunde (Freedom Jazz) and Hangzhou (JZ Blooms). Trips to Japan and India followed, performing at the GOA International Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Jazz Arts Sengawa, Pune Jazz Festival and the Piano Man Jazz Club in Delhi.
With tours across Asia, South America and Europe already booked for 2018, WSP launch their highly anticipated fourth album; Serve on Rare Noise Records
The epic and anthemic live sound of WorldService Project is both thrilling and heart-wrenching, with a theatrical live performance thrown in for good measure, as one of Europe’s finest live-acts.
Dave Morecroft – keyboards/vocals/compositions
Ben Powling – saxophone
Raphael Clarkson – trombone
Arthur O’Hara – bass
Harry Pope – drums
“…like Downton Abbey run by anarchists…a mesmerising combination of brutality and dark
humour. The razor-sharp rhythmic edges are polished, the ensemble is painfully slick, and you can smell the rubber burning from their stylistic handbrake turns”
Matthew Wright, Jazzwise – February 2015
“…burning drive and nutty energy…heavy jam-kindled brainstorming…their most lucid work.…”
Stephen Graham, marlbank.net – April 2016
“The collective crunch of that rhythm section underpinning lively brass is great, but applying their acumen toward a zany sense of humour goes a long way toward making the music a lot of fun, too. Mingus understood that. So did Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Frank Zappa. As does Mostly Other People Do The Killing today. Like those guys, Worldservice Project plays seriously complex music but they hadn’t forgotten about the main mission in music is to entertain their audience, to make them smile….Fire in a Pet Shop makes me smile.”
S Victor Aaron, somethingelsereviews.com (USA) – August 2013
“…stompingly raw and punky…a riotously entertaining live-band…highly creative”
John Fordham, The Guardian – September 2013
7for4 // Progressive Fusion (D)
Die Instrumental-Band 7for4 macht vor nichts halt: Ob Funk, Jazz, Metal oder gar Country und Latin, sie packen das Beste aus unterschiedlichsten Stilistiken in außergewöhnliche, aber schlüssige Kompositionen und performen ihre Musik mit beeindruckender Virtuosität und großer Spielfreude.