Bourne, Matthew


Born October 6th, 1977, Avebury, England; pianist and composer Matthew Bourne first came to national attention as one of the winners of the Perrier Jazz Awards in London, 2001. In the same year Bourne graduated from Leeds College of Music.

Bourne’s unique ability to create powerful imagery through an esoteric piano language along with spoken word samples earned him the Innovation Award at the BBC Radio Jazz Awards in 2002. Bourne continued to develop this methodology, delivering intense and highly personal performances at an international level – many of these becoming the focus of Bourne’s PhD research, undertaken at the University of Leeds. During this period Bourne was the recipient of the IJFO (International Jazz Festivals Organisation) International Jazz Award in 2005, performing at key international festivals in mainland Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and the USA.

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John Stanley Austin

Davis, Stephen


STEVE ‘DAKIZ’ DAVIS is a professional percussionist and composer and has been active in such fields in the UK and Europe. Steve was born in Belfast and is known as much for his jazz drumming as his free improvisational style of playing. He started having a strange interest in hitting things to get a sound out of them around the age of 12, and he has continued this obsession ever since.

Kane, David


Composer/ Bassist Dave Kane was born in a small town called Bangor in County Down in Northern Ireland. At age 16 he bought an electric bass guitar from a catholic priest for 50 pounds, and began moving his fingers up and down the ‘ E ‘ string in local punk and alternative bands. With aspirations of eventually playing on the other 3 strings of the bass, Kane began studying music at a local college with the internationally acclaimed composer and bandleader Brian Irvine. As a direct result of hanging out with Irvine, Kane began to explore the idioms of free improvisation, contemporary jazz, classical music, funk, metal, red wine and general mayhem! Further exploration was required, so Kane rowed across the irish channel on his double bass and studied Contemporary music (essay writing) at Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds.

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Matthew Bourne, piano
Stephen Davis, drums
David Kane, bass


Avant-garde composer Piers Hellawell and zany improvising virtuosi Bourne/Davis/Kane collide in a shared space; the goal is music created by all of them. Both parties leave behind established writing methods to learn from one another, undermining assumptions about the improvising and notation of music.

‘For a composer, to have musical heroes is often to dream of collaborating with them. I have long admired Bourne/Davis/Kane for sharply defined musical ideas that lie beyond stylistic categories, and it is a dream to be given a platform for feeding my own materials into their unique imaginative machine.’ Piers Hellawell

‘We are delighted to have been selected to commission Piers Hellawell to collaborate with Bourne/Davis/Kane. It fits exactly what Moving on Music aims to do as a company: provide opportunities for fearless creative musicians to present new, challenging work to as wide a public as possible.’  Moving On Music


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Sound Carvings, Strange Tryst was commissioned by Moving on Music.


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The performance of Sound Carvings, Strange Tryst was recorded live by the BBC at the Southbank Centre, London on 6 July 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 12 July 2014.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201407
Release Date:
28 July 2014