Gig Details

Friday 6 March. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.

Advance tickets available from at the same net price as on the door.

Martin Archer: saxophones; Charlotte Keeffe: trumpet; Chris Sharkey: guitar; Anton Hunter: guitar; Orphy Robinson: vibraphone; Pat Thomas: keyboards; Dave Sturt: bass guitar; Adam Fairclough: drums

Sheffield-based saxophonist, composer and record producer Martin Archer brings a highly talented octet of musicians to revisit the electric period of Miles Davis. Taking the electric music of Miles Davis as its starting point, Anthropology Band is about finding the atmosphere through a deep rhythm, a searing blues run, a delicate melody, or a cascading solo statement.  

Band leader Martin Archer has kept the music as simple as possible – often driven by the bassline – and the structures loose, to enable this “who’s who” of UK creative musicians to let the music breathe in a different way each time it is played.  There are multiple chordal instruments in the centre of the sound, allowing each soloist to sit on a kaleidoscopic wave of intercrossing figures which push the music forward.

The band’s first album is available now from Discus Music as a double CD with two versions of the music – one by this concert group, and the other version adding an 11 piece horn section to the basic tracks.

Martin Archer has been active in creative music as a composer, performer and recording artist since 1980. Originally a saxophonist influenced principally by Evan Parker and Anthony Braxton, he has moved toward electronics and new music technology in the 1990s. As a composer he is interested in organising sound material rather than in producing notated music, with emphasis on the interaction between composed, improvised and random events in the music, believing strongly that the area of greatest interest occurs when space is given for creative musicians to make a personal statement within a pre-existing framework.

“Martin Archer’s aesthetic is an intriguing and transformative one—whatever enters his world comes out changed, if not utterly, then beautifully.” – Duncan Heining, All About Jazz.

 “Archer’s complex, gorgeous music demands a wider audience.” – Peter Marsh (BBC music website)

 “He set up an electronic wash of sound before picking up his sopranino sax and playing a spiralling, intricate blast over various booms and disembodied voices. He followed that with the medieval woodiness of the bass recorder….Archer is possibly the only laptop user who gets out of breath by the end of his set, such is his enthusiasm. He finished with a piece of esoteric dance music, climaxing with Archer on his feet, blasting out an amazing squall of gabbling sax to a Chris Cutler drum loop.” – Martin Lilleker in Wire