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About Another Fine Day

After a distinctly eye-opening (for him, as well as the audience) stage debut with cult post-punk outfit DUM DUM DUM in 1979 (where he poured beer over his Wasp synthesiser, thereby persuading it to self-generate sounds at random- it did survive, and still works) Tom Green spent the ‘80s playing keyboards with various artists including African guitar luminary Abdul Tejan-Jalloh, while also teaching himself new methods of writing music, with early computer music systems, by writing a good deal of music for the corporate media market. As the early dance culture bloomed, Tom found himself collaborating with a strange group of musicians and sound designers on what became a seminal album of the early ‘90s, THE ORB’s “Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld”, and went on to contribute tunes, beats, and various odd noises to a further 4 albums by the group, including the No 1 album “UF Orb”. During this period Tom took occasional time out to work on his own project ANOTHER FINE DAY, which took the ear of Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence, who booked him 15 times in a row for the BIG CHILL festival. (Tom remains one of the few artists who has played at every single Big Chill) Fans of ambient music voted the first AFD album ‘Life Before Land’, released in 1994, to No 3 in THE INDEPENDENT’s chart of ‘Greatest Ambient Albums’ in 2007. A second AFD album “Salvage” was released on the San Francisco label SIX DEGREES in 2000, and the EP “Chasing Tornados” in 2004. “Music for MRI Scanners” (under his own name) followed in 2007. As well as further collaborations and remixes with THE ORB, Tom co-produced two albums for BAKA BEYOND, Martin Cradick’s respected world music project, incorporating elements of singing and drumming from the forest people of Cameroon. In the meantime Tom has continued to compose music for the media, including BBC, CHANNEL 4, and RTE, as well as contributing tracks to quality music library Atmosphere (now part of Universal music group). 2007 brought him his first feature score, the comedy horror ‘BOTCHED’ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790590/)- winner of BEST FEATURE and BEST ACTOR at the NYC Horror Film Festival in 2007- and Tom continues to provide soundtracks for TV, film, and other media use. A further AFD album is rumoured to be in production, release date not confirmed. Tom is a member of BASCA, PCAM, MU, and AIM, as well as the Screened Music Network. Tom’s work is usually published by Kaleidoscope Music Management and Publishing, in association with Notting Hill Music.

Newanderthal gig at Foyles, coming up 20th Feb

Thursday 20th February 2014 6pm – 7pm Charing Cross Road Ray’s Jazz Event, Free Event

 

Newanderthal is a music project featuring Ansuman Biswas, Malcolm Darwen, Tom Green, and Haymanot Tesfa. A potent blend of sraj accompanied Ethiopian and Bengali song forms, with mbira patterns derived from Steve Reich and jazz-infused bass riffs.

Line-up:

Ansuman Biswas :: Hang, percussion, esraj, sarod
Tom Green :: Array mbira
Mal Darwen – Acoustic guitar, upright bass
Haymanot Tesfa – Vocals

Tickets: FREE, no need to book, just come along!
Venue: The Café at Foyles

Newanderthal at 108, Rich Mix, London

No, not Another Fine Day, but also yes… since three of those who make up Newanderthal performed in the AFD ‘massive’ that used to be the line-up for the Sunday shows at the Big Chill Festival, 1994-2010 (and now RIP as the festival we knew and loved)

Newanderthal is an occasional mostly improvised  acoustic ‘world’ music hybrid-side-project-sort-of-thing, and we just played a short set last Saturday at the 108, Rich Mix, Bethnal Grn, London. To a fine reaction, it has to be said, thanks to those who came. No recordings available for now but it’ll happen one day.

Photos copyright Sonja Fowler – no further use without her permission.

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Ansuman Biswas (esraj), Haymanot Tesfa (vox), Tom Green (array mbira)

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Malcolm Darwen (guitar) Ansuman Biswas (hang)

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Tom Green (array mbira)

Slowly does it …

Just to say that we got down to a bit of recording late last year, with various contributions from singers from Bengal and Ethiopia, with esraj, kora, acoustic bass etc … and hope to be doing some more this month, it was really verrrryyyy interesting indeed. Hope to post pics and maybe some snippets of audio soon …

coming soon

Newanderthal is a so far occasional music project from Tom Green, Ansuman Biswas, Malcom Darwen, and recent addition Haymanot Tesfa (not featured on the Big Chill video) 2012 has seen a few more gigs including one where the line up extended to 11 people, so it’s likely this will be a project with a flexible approach … further info soon, if you wish to make contact for now please visit  Apollo Music and use the contact form