From Granite to Wind Septet + Double Dreamtime

A Celebration of Keith Tippett

As part of A Celebration of Keith Tippett, St. George’s Bristol presents a session in two parts featuring two sets of musicians closely associated with the late musician – From Granite to Wind Septet and previous members of Dreamtime.

From Granite to Wind Septet

Jim Blomfield – piano
Tony Orrell – drums
Al Swainger – bass
Ben Waghorn – saxophones
Kevin Figes – saxophones
James Gardiner Bateman – saxophones
Jake McMurchie – saxophones

Along with Ben Waghorn and James Gardiner-Bateman, saxophonist Kevin Figes was part of the original octet which recorded Keith Tippett’s From Granite To Wind in 2011. Revisiting the music for this special event, Kevin has enlisted a line-up of well-known players from in and around Bristol. In his last months’ Keith had been busy recruiting this line-up, with him as pianist, for a gig that was to be scheduled to play a benefit for Louis Moholo in Bath on 14 June 2020 – sadly to be the day on which he died.

Jake McMurchie recalls: “At the beginning of 2020 Keith Tippett called me and asked me to join his band. My debut gig was due to take place on the day he died. Even though I never had the opportunity to play with him in a professional context, just being asked will remain one of my proudest musical accomplishments.”

Double Dreamtime

Gary Curson – saxophones
Paul Dunmall – saxophones
Jim Dvorak – trumpet
Kevin Davy – trumpet
Jim Le Baigue – drums
Mark Sanders – drums
Roberto Bellatalla – bass
Paul Rogers – bass
Alan Tomlinson – trombone
Richard Foote – trombone

Over the years Dreamtime has existed in several different forms. For this special tribute to their erstwhile pianist, Keith, this eleven-piece line up of Dreamtimers past and present. Their music contains worldwide influences, and the focus is always toward the joyous.

The membership of Dreamtime is part of a huge network of musical inter-relationships, with Keith Tippett himself and especially with the bands which he was part of, associated with the long South African exile, such as the Brotherhood of Breath, Louis Moholo’s Viva la Black and the Dedication Orchestra.

How to book

Tickets for this event are available through St. George’s Bristol. Click below to be redirected to their website.

Day and weekend tickets also available.


Part of A Celebration of Keith Tippett

Bristol Beacon and St George’s Bristol, driven by individuals from his life, present a special weekend of music celebrating the inimitable musician Keith Tippett.  This two-day event explores much of his incredible body of work, from small intimate duos to his penchant for large scale ensembles. It features many of the incredible musicians who were part of his life.

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