NYOS Jazz Orchestra, with very special guest artist Paul Booth were filmed and recorded LIVE at BBC Scotland Studios, Pacific Quay in Glasgow. The first NYOS ensemble to perform, in person, in over two years. It was an emotional return capped by a superb performance.

First broadcast on Sunday, 12 December on BBC Radio Scotland’s Jazz Nights, the show - presented by Seonaid Aitken - features interviews with Director of Jazz at NYOS Andrew Bain, Guest Artist, Paul Booth, and members of the Jazz Orchestra. The film premiere of the performance was streamed "as live" on Monday 13 December.

Listen again at BBC Scotland
or watch on YouTube

Upcoming Appearances

19 January 2022

London | Time is of the Essence with Ross Stanley, Paul Booth and Chris Allard | Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club | 6pm & 9.15pm

28 January 2022

Birmingham | Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Director | Eastside Jazz Club | Sets at 7.45pm & 9pm

8 March 2022

London | Andre Canniere Ghost Days | Pizza Express | 8pm

25 March 2022

Birmingham | Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Director | Eastside Jazz Club | Sets at 7.45pm & 9pm

26 March 2022

Cheshire | Cheshire Youth MFL Jazz Orchestra Stevie Wonder Project | Venue TBA | Time TBA

6-8 April 2022

Loch Lomond | NYoS BopCamp | Gartmore House | Times TBC

29 April 2022

Birmingham | Cheshire Youth MFL Jazz Orchestra Stevie Wonder Project and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Director | Eastside Jazz Club | Music from 6pm

26 May 2022

Poole | Andre Canniere Ghost Days | Sound Cellar | 8pm

4-11 July 2022

Skye | NYoS Jazz Summer School and Tour | Venues TBC | Times TBC

18 November 2022

Sheffield | Andre Canniere Ghost Days | Venue TBC | Time TBC

Stuff you've missed

12 December 2021

Glasgow | NYOS Jazz Orchestra, with very special guest artist Paul Booth | BBC Scotland Studios, Pacific Quay | 9pm

Listen again at BBC Scotland
or watch on YouTube

15 October 2021

London | Time is of the Essence with Ross Stanley, Paul Booth and Chris Allard | The Crypt, Camberwell | 8pm

20 October 2021

Sheffield | Andre Canniere Ghost Days | The Lescar | 8pm

22-24 October 2021

Glasgow | NYoS Jazz Orchestra featuring Paul Booth | BBC, Glasgow | Broadcast date TBC

7 November 2021

Manchester | Iain Dixon Quartet | Royal Northern College of Music | Time TBA

11 November 2021

Online | International Association of Schools of Jazz Reseach Conference | Artistic Research Roundtable | Time 3pm

9 December 2021

Bristol | Greg Cordez Band | Hen and Chicken | Time 8pm

23 September 2021

Birmingham | Double Bill: Richard Foote Quintet & Ripshaw Catfish | The MAC | 8pm

29 July 2021

London | Paul Booth Quartet with Ross Stanley, Dave Whitford and special guest Alexandra Ridout | 606 Jazz Club | 8pm

6 August 2021

Bristol | Greg Cordez: Apollo Sessions | St. George's | Two shows: 6pm & 8pm

23 August 2021

Birmingham | Jazzlines Summer School | Symphony Hall | All day

23 August 2021

Manchester | Andre Canniere Ghost Days | NQ Jazz at The Yard, 11 Bent Street, Manchester, M8 8NF | 7.30pm

3 September 2021

Canterbury, Kent | Tribute to Stan Getz | International Study Centre, Cathedral Precincts | 8pm

23 September 2021

Birmingham | Double Bill: Richard Foote Quintet & Ripshaw Catfish | The MAC | 8pm

Sat 5 June 2021

Nottingham | Peggy’s Skylight | Ross Stanley's Time is of the Essence: A tribute to Michael Brecker - also Live Streamed | With Paul Booth and Chris Allard | Doors open 7.30pm

Wed 16 June 2021

Colchester | Colchester Arts Centre | Re-opening concert with Chris Allard, Ross Stanley and Oli Hayhurst | 8pm

12-16 July 2021

Online | NYoS Jazz Summer School

10 June 2021   23 August 2021

Manchester | Andre Canniere's Ghost Days | with Brigitte Beraha (voice), Tori Freestone (tenor saxophone), Rick Simpson (piano) and Tom Farmer (bass) | 7pm live + LiveStream

22 March 2021

London | Time is of the Essence: Ronnie Scott’s Live Stream | With Ross Stanley (organ), Paul Booth (tenor saxophone) and Chris Allard (guitar) | 8pm

6-8 April 2021

Online | NYoS Jazz BopCamp | with Jules Jackson (bass) and Steve Hamilton (piano)

2nd INARJ Conference 18th & 19th January 2021

(All times UTC +1)

Monday 18th January

10:00 - Welcome

Session 1 - 10:15-12:00

Slime mould improvisers: Knowledge through analogy

Chris Mapp (Birmingham City University)

The question of method: transcription and auto-ethnography.

Lee Griffiths (Birmingham City University)

Transdisciplinary methodologies of Artistic research in music improvisation

Case study

Jasna Jovicevic (Singidunum University- Belgrade)

Session 2 - 16:00-17:30

Live panel - Researching Self - navel-gazing gibberish or profound knowledge?


Vidar Schanche (UiS)

Corey Mwamba (BCU)

Chris Mapp (BCU)


Per Zanussi (UiS)

Petter Frost Fadnes (UiS)

Tuesday 19th January

Session 3 - 10:00-12:00

Cueca, Tradition and Innovation

Danilo Rojas

Artistic Research in Jazz - Eight themes for undisciplinary practices

Chris Stover - Queensland Conservatorium. Griffith University

Artistic Research: An Evolving Methodology

Robert Burke - Monash University

Session 4 - 12:00-13:30

Live panel - Artistic Research in Jazz and Popular Music at the MA Level


Michael Kahr


Lukas Aichinger

Aida Batista Böhm

Berthold Cvach

Ursula Erhart

Constanze Friedl

Gregor Fußenegger

Nikolaus Georgiades

Andreas Hackl

Alexandre Laloux

Aaron Steiner

Eva Maria Stöckler

Session 5 - 16:00-18:00

What the World Needs Now is Jazz

Monika Herzig - Indiana University

Lost Vocabulary Recovered: Applications for Practice and Pedagogy

Tom Williams (Academy of Contemporary Music) & Rich Perks (University of Kent)

Combining methods in improvisation research as a means of ensuring rigor

Una MacGlone - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Closing discussion and next steps - 18:00-18:30

23 October 2020

St. Margarets, Twickenham | Andre Canniere | The Turks Head | doors open 6:45pm

New album, "No Boundaries"
Released 13th March, 2020, now available to buy
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Andrew Bain

No Boundaries

Whirlwind Recordings (2020)

When a quartet of established, improvising musicians arrives on stage, there can be some expectation in our minds as to what might ensue. But in the case of live-recorded No Boundaries – with the combined acquired knowledge, intuition and invention of drummer/percussionist Andrew Bain, trumpeter/flugelhornist Peter Evans, alto saxophonist John O'Gallagher and electronics master Alex Bonney – we are prompted to explore spheres perhaps outside of our experience.

The final part in a trilogy of differentiated projects conceived by Andrew Bain (following 2015's 'Player Piano' concert in tribute to the late John Taylor, and then his 2017 Whirlwind release of original material, Embodied Hope), this immersive, continuous sequence of free improvisation was captured at the intimate listening venue of the MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) in Birmingham. "It evolved from a composition project I presented some time ago", explains Bain, Senior Lecturer in Jazz at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. "That set, entitled 'Frontiers' – with Gavin Bryars, Percy Pursglove, Hans Koller and myself – became the catalyst for this new work, which is in stark contrast to the more controlled basis of my previous outputs. I've known and worked with Peter since the early noughties in New York; and John and Alex were also a perfect fit. Crucially, I'm challenging the idiomatic instrumental make-up of the jazz ensemble where conventional boundaries and comparisons are usually already set."

Also fundamental to the unfettered intent of this collaboration is the fact that the artists had never previously worked together as a quartet, nor was there any premeditated conversation or rehearsal. Among a traditional chordless environment of sax, trumpet and drums (minus piano and bass), Alex Bonney's real-time electronics sample, manipulate and restate live sounds from different sections of the performance, contributing to an arresting, reverberant arc of originality.

Bain's solid percussive set-up, with rock snare drum, informs shifting atmospheres which take us into galaxies beyond perceived jazz territory, firing our own imaginations. Here, asteroid whistles echo in hyperspace as haunting trumpet and sax evocations abound, accelerating frenetically across rolling, hollow drums. Fluttering valves and mouthpiece sputterings converse with three-dimensional electronic bleeps and agitated snare as O'Gallagher's chromatic alto continuously ascends and descends against the expansive maelstrom of Bain's kit. From a moment's repose, repeated solo horn riffs and searing electronics crescendo dramatically, swept along by profuse percussion until cavernous, cathedral-like spaces invite an intense rock-out.

As Andrew Bain reminds us, free improvisation is far from an alien concept, but possesses its own language, like bebop or other styles. "There's a lineage to free jazz, which didn't begin in the 1960s with Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, but goes back at least as far as 1949 with Lennie Tristano's 'Intuition' recording. So we're talking some 70 years – a long time in jazz's centennial history, and in other musical forms, too. The scope of what we're doing can be vast, limitless, and is being created instantaneously, inspired by what has gone before. No Boundaries is liberating, exhilarating – and that challenge, for us all, is so important."


Andrew Bain - drums & percussion
Alex Bonney - electronics
Peter Evans - trumpet & flugel horn
John O'Gallagher - alto saxophone


Recorded live at The Hexagon, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham with support from Birmingham City University (14/12/2017)
Recording engineer - Alex Killpartrick
Mixed by Alex Bonney, London
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at
Technologyworks, London
Produced by Andrew Bain
Executive Producer - Michael Janisch
Artwork by Dave Bush

Photo courtsy of NASA, ESA, J.Dalcanton (University of Washington, USA), B. E Williams (University of Washington, USA), L. C Johnson (University of Washington, USA), The PHAT Team and R. Gendler

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'A true standout and, I believe, one of tomorrow's music stars.'

Peter Erskine