Dominic Ingham (Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room November 3, Jazz Sanctuary November 13) – London Jazz News

Kit Downes said: ‘Dom has a unique and personal approach to improvisation that is subtle and detailed – his skills as a composer and improviser are a rare treat and should be heard live whenever possible’ The violinist’s debut album / Wakefield-born composer Dominic Ingham ‘Role Models’ has garnered attention for his probing, atmospheric, melodic and folk-inspired compositions. He is currently on an eleven date tour with new repertoire he has written for a (mostly) new quintet with Jonny Mansfield (vibes), Miles Mindlin (guitar), Will Sach (bass) and Jay Davis (drums). Interview with Sebastian.

London Jazz News: What drew you to the violin?

Dominique Ingham: When I was about five years old, my parents took me to a folk concert and there were lots of violins playing – huge sound. After the concert, I said “I want to learn to play the violin” and the rest is history. I got to a point when I was about 16/17 and pretty good at my instrument where I decided I wanted to play jazz – it was frustrating as I would have liked to practice on saxophone or trumpet instead of violin.

I gave it a shot – the idea was to transfer a sound I had in mind onto the violin. It was tricky at first because most of the time I didn’t like what was coming out (some of it made me want to cringe actually) but little by little I started to understand stuff that sounded good

LJN: Do you think listeners find emotion in your music?

DI: I hope they would. It’s not something I really think about. I write songs that I love and they are then transformed by the musicians who play them – a process that always fascinates me. Sometimes a track can open up to something completely different from what I had imagined – these are often my favorite moments in concert.

LJN: I notice that there are a lot of young people / your contemporaries at your concerts, at least from what there is on video… you seem to capture the mood of your contemporaries… do you feel that?

DI: Yeah! I love making music with my friends. It’s a truly joyful process, from writing to rehearsing to driving across the country to play gigs – it’s a dream come true. Jonny Mansfield (vibes) and Will Sach (bass) join me on this tour; we’ve been developing a common musical language since at least the beginning of music college, so playing together seems like second nature.

LJN: Are you teaching classical string players to improvise? Is it different with every player or do you have keys on your keychain to unlock that kind of creativity?

DI: Yes, I teach classical string players to improvise! So the idea is not necessarily that these children will become improvisers, rather it is that improvisation can be used as a tool to help them develop their skills as musicians as well as develop their already unique relationship. with the music.

LJN: Is there a theme for the new work you wrote for this tour?

DI: In the new work, I wrote quite a lot of songs in collaboration with other members of the group. It was a really interesting process because each track reflects the personality of the musicians who wrote it. It’s also cool to see each musician’s role change when they play their own piece. I’m glad we did that, because right now the band is sounding better than ever and I feel like everyone is really invested in the music.

LJN: You sometimes talk about shyness. How does that and being an artist fit together?

DI: Although I had a lot of performance opportunities when I was younger, I had a hard time getting over my nerves when I played classical music, but when I started playing jazz/ improvised music, I felt more comfortable and I was happier to be on stage. I guess I felt more comfortable expressing myself in this music, so communicating with the audience and the musicians on stage was a lot easier.

LJN: Who is this band’s oldest musical partner and how did you meet him?

DI: Jonny Mansfield and I met when we were 16 at Chetham’s School of Music. We both played jazz on “unusual” instruments, so I guess we bonded and ended up playing a lot together. Since then we’ve always been separate from each other’s projects – I can’t imagine not having him in the band because he understands my musical intentions better than anyone.

LJN: And the others?

DI: I met Will when we were both just starting out at music college – I was addicted to his sound and have been playing with him ever since. I feel like a lot of us have made a friend or two that we didn’t know before the pandemic, but are very close now – Miles is one of those friends! We have very similar musical tastes, so playing together is really exciting. I also met Jay during the pandemic and was drawn to the freedom he has on drums – super fun to interact with!

LJN: Will there be an album of this project?

DI: I have an upcoming EP called “Letters” which contains the music from this tour. Every track on the EP will be filmed live in the space we are recording (remotely). I can’t wait to share this new music with the world – both sonically and visually!


November 3 – Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room), London – RESERVATIONS
November 13 – Jazz Sanctuary, Twickenham (EFG London Jazz Festival) – RESERVATIONS
December 2 – Wakefield Jazz Club

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