Mark Lockheart ‘Dreamers’

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Last Show: Sunday 5 th June 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Dreamers is the new project from British saxophonist and composer Mark Lockheart featuring Elliot Galvin (Dinosaur, Elliot Galvin Trio), Tom Herbert (Polar Bear, The Invisible) and Dave Smith (Robert Plant). Stylistically free and slightly psychedelic in nature, the formation of Dreamers signals a new trajectory for the musician who has already featured on a wide ranging and diverse catalogue of albums including Radiohead's Kid A and Prefab Sprout’s Steve McQueen. After his two sold-out London shows at The Vortex last February, Mark brings the band back together at PizzaExpress Jazz Club for what promises to be an exciting evening of jazz, synthesisers and improvisation!

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"The evening’s ending was fast, furious and funky with the riffy unison theme of “Fluorescences”, a classic set-closer with dramatic changes of pace and sax and synth swapping phrases with glee."

Mike Hobart, The Financial Times

As a founding member of Loose Tubes and Polar Bear, Mark Lockheart has often remained ahead of the curve and has constantly explored new directions in his own music. Dreamers epitomises that adaptation and evolution, allowing the music to speak beyond the boundaries of genre. Lockheart’s multifaceted outlook on music is explored through a new set of original compositions with this bold and unique sounding group. Expect urgent, exciting grooves and textures all cleverly crafted together within Lockheart’s unique and memorable melodies. There’s a wide range of influences here, from Ellington and Shorter to John Zorn, the Beatles and even Kraftwerk!

As Mark explains: “The grooves, the sonics and the musical character of each piece are all hugely important. The process of writing music for these musicians led me into a new sound world that’s very different from anything I’d done before”.

I wanted this music to be unfussy and direct, but also unpredictable and surprising. The grooves, the sonics and the musical character of each piece are all hugely important and the process led me into a new sound world that's very different from anything I’d done before. The three musicians in this group have been cunningly intuitive about how I wanted the music interpreted and I love how everyone plays in this band. Elliot’s wonderful sonic palette, Tom’s deep rooted bass playing and Dave’s incredible groove and spirit, holds the music high and gives each piece its identity and character.”


Band Line Up

Mark Lockheart (saxophones)

Elliot Galvin (keyboards)

Tom Herbert (bass guitar)

Dave Smith (drums)