Project 33

Improvised music, with melody and harmony at it's core.

During the many delights of Hull 2017 celebrating it's status as UK City of Culture, as part of its unofficial celebrations, five musicians met almost randomly as part of a guerrilla jazz movement to bring free improvised music to the many visitors and locals of Hull. 


There were no preconceptions, and when the first note was sounded, a truly original journey was begun. The word phenomenon is largely overused, but in this case it is significantly insufficient.


Traumatic memories of historic free improvised music have in many cases led to its well-earnt bad reputation from the 1960s to the 1980s. I should know, because I was part of that movement. But, I have always viewed improvised music as a chance to create something truly rare – like discovering a vividly flowering plant in a desert, it should be beautiful, melodic and harmonius. 


My approach to improvised music meant that I failed as a modernist, I was even given the ultimate insult of being branded a postmodernist by Wire magazine’s Ben Watson. But on that first cold day in a yard somewhere in Hull, I realised that there existed five musicians who actually shared the same thought processes and attitude to improvised music – meaning that instant,  beautiful composition was taking place, which utterly stunned me. This was alchemy at work!


When Project 33 take to the stage there will be evocative soundscapes which excite and bewilder, melodic lines and wild syncopation; anything could happen! But, it will be tasteful and it will not alienate or disenfranchise you; in our view, music was never meant to.


We are proud of what we create, and we truly hope you enjoy the experience.

Martin Jones

Matthew

Smith

tenor

saxophone

Steve

Spamer

alto

saxophone

Stephen

Unsworth

baritone saxophone

Martin

Jones

trumpet

Gary

Hammond

percussion