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@ the Barbican
20 November 2008

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Empirical biography

Empirical has a new line-up! The new Quartet currently features a prodigious new talent, vibraphonist Lewis Wright.

‘Out but in’ was the description of Empirical’s latest project – studying the music of Eric Dolphy. A set of original material, written by the band in tribute to Dolphy, was included in an exploration of the album ‘Out to lunch’. Premiered at the Stables Wavendon, Empirical have performed the project at the NEMC York and at the Barbican as part of London Jazz Festival. The project is to be captured as a studio recording, available next year, featuring the Quartet with special guest Julian Siegel.

Empirical has been involved with Jazz Alive, a Jazz education project for young adults. Students enjoyed the Barbican concert and Empirical enjoyed coaching some fantastic young players.

Empirical has another line-up, introducing pianist George Fogel, as part of an original music project to be realised later next year. This quartet previewed new compositions at the Lakeside Theatre Colchester, and the Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston earlier this year.

Emperical’s full current line-up includes Nathaniel Facey – Alto saxophone, Tom ‘Tillah’ Farmer-Double Bass, Shaney Forbes-Drums, Lewis Wright-Vibraphone and George Fogel-Piano.

Shaney Forbes & Tom ‘Tillah’ Farmer

Nathanial Facey

Shaney Forbes

Shaney Forbes

Lewis Wright

Lewis Wright




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