01 / A1: EXPAND
02 / A2: PREPARE TO LET GO
03 / A3: SOUNDS WELCOME
04 / B1: IT’S COMPLICATED
05 / B2: WHAT PURPOSE
06 / C1: MURMURATION
07 / C2: BOLD DREAM
08 / C3: MY RESONANCE
09 / D1: HOW MANY ARE ONE
10 / D2: FULLY BREATHED
Flock is a brand new collaboration between five leading musicians from London's open-minded jazz and experimental scenes: Bex Burch (Vula Viel), Sarathy Korwar, Dan “"Danalogue"” Leavers (Soccer96, The Comet Is Coming), Al MacSween (Maisha) and Tamar Osborn (Collocutor).
Gathering together at The Fish Factory in London Summer 2020, the approach was to try something fresh. “I wrote texts as scores for the session and the emphasis was on breathing and listening to each other,” explains Bex Burch. “Improvisation is composition in itself,” continues Burch, “so although the music was freely improvised, we sometimes chose to stay on form and rhythm, repeating melodies and groove. As Dan commented on the day, we ‘murmurated’. The expansive 13-minute piece ‘How Many Are One’ on the album is the perfect example, a collective following and leading as the music developed.”
Other tracks include the pulsing, searching opener ‘Expand’, the taught soundscape ‘Prepare To Let Go’ and the frenetic, urgent ‘Bold Dream’. At times widescreen and cinematic and at others more tense and claustrophobic, each Flock piece explores its own colour and mood.
“Some of the band had actually never met in person before the session. We played virtually together for the Boiler Room. So every moment in this process has been a new journey into the unknown. It goes to show that we were never in control even when we thought we were, and yet we made it. Everyone came, breathed and brought openness of heart, ears, lungs and wings.”
FOR FANS OF: Sarathy Korwar, Collocutor, Maisha, The Comet Is Coming, Vula Viel, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, John Surman, On Our Own Clock, Resavoir, Gogo Penguin, Corto Alto, Jaimie Branch, Don Cherry, Miles Davis