Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry CRAM Christmas & A Happy New Year

Very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

It has been a very busy and exciting first year for CRAM, hence the very occasional mail out!

Most importantly a huge thanks for all interest in this project, in attending concerts, listening and of course to all performers and recording artists so far.

After the early releases last Winter/Spring of Compost & Transit Check, we followed up with two autumn launches and an exciting new collaboration.


It was thrilling to announce the releases of these recent albums available on CD & as a download here:


Javier Carmona - solo percussion

Dark Voices
Lawrence Upton (voice) & Benedict Taylor (viola)
(graphic scores Upton)

Check out these albums at the CRAM Bandcamp site here:


In early November, 9 artists....

Steve Beresford, Tom Jackson, Daniel Thompson, Miya, Terry Day, Stephen Crowe, David Leahy, Benedict Taylor & Javier Carmona!!!

....travelled to Usurp Art Space the excellent venue/gallery curated by Poulomi Desai, where they played a concert of three trios. It was a superb night and one which starts an ongoing collaboration between Usurp & CRAM.
See more about Usurp here:


As a teaser, two confirmed releases for 2014 will be the ace duos of:

Anton Mobin & Roberto Lazzarino,


John Russell & Phil Minton


Keep up with all CRAM albums, artists & news here:

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

CRAM Records Nos. 3 & 4 release in Oct/Nov 2013

Thrilled to add CRAM Recs 3 & 4 to the collection.

October saw the release of two new CRAM albums, finally with the online bits and pieces done, it's a pleasure to have these album up online.

CRAM Record No. 3 - CHAMOTA by Javier Carmona
CRAM Record No. 4 - DARK VOICES by Lawrence Upton & Benedict Taylor

See here for listening & downloads: 

CRAM collaborate with Usurp Art Space

It's very exciting to be teaming up with Usurp Art Space for a long term collaboration.

Saturday the 2nd of Nov 2013, saw an excellent concert take place in this very special art space in North London.

Thanks to all the artists involved: Miya, David Leahy, Terry Day, Steve Beresford, Stephen Crowe, Tom Jackson, Javier Carmona, Daniel Thompson & Benedict Taylor.

Also a huge thanks to Poulomi Desai and the team of creative folk at Usurp. A wonderful space for art and performance. We look forward to more.

A lot of excellent footage was taken by Poulomi, and a recording was made by Mr Leahy which we eagerly await for a listen.

Additional thanks to Nadjib Le Fleurier for his photography work.

Friday, 6 September 2013

More CRAM reviews just in...from across the pond!

Super review for CRAM disc TRANSIT CHECK by Benedict Taylor.

Hot off the press from Bruce Gallanter & Downtown Music Gallery:

Featuring Benedict Taylor on solo viola... Benedict has a unique sound as he twists notes on his viola in all sorts of bent ways...There is a tradition of free/jazz violin from Michael Sampson (who played with Albert Ayler), to Ornette Coleman to Leroy Jenkins and Billy Bang. Taylor sounds like he is drawing from that tradition while doing things his own way. He pushes hard and plays intensely with passion and finesse. His music is concentrated, consistently fascinating and at times extreme yet focused... This disc is an incredibly powerful effort and remains both enchanting and unsettling throughout. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

Read in full here:

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

CRAM Record No. 2 - Transit Check - Benedict Taylor (solo viola) brings excellent reviews

The solo album Transit Check for violist Benedict Taylor has brought excellent reviews.

Good news for the artist and for the label.

Read all about it here:

Here's to more of the same...

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Following a fantastic first concert and release - another CRAM concert coming up - 22nd April

The next CRAM night (concert and album launch) again at the splendid Shoreditch Church, will be on the 22nd of April. 

Watch this space. More details to follow. 

For CRAM disc number 1 - COMPOST (Taylor, Ward, Thompson) released at the previous concert, follow this link:

So far great streaming & downloads for this release. Many thanks to all listeners who take the time.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

COMPOST Released and available for download on bandcamp

CRAM Record No. 1 - COMPOST - Thompson, Ward, Taylor

Available for download from bandcamp at this link:

Go here to download, or if you'd rather have the disc, please contact us at the following address:

Friday, 18 January 2013

Beautiful concert and very successful album launch for COMPOST

It was a great night of music at Shoreditch Church along with with beautiful visual art. 

Excellent sets of improvised music from Javier Carmona, Alex Ward, Benedict Taylor & Daniel Thompson all accompanied by the live creation of visual works by Julie Pickard.

The night was a perfect setting for kicking off the album from Taylor/Ward/Thompson - COMPOST, released last night on CRAM (to be on up on Bandcamp soon...).

Along with all this, the icing on the cake was the fabulous crowd the turned out to the church to hear this concert, braving the cold night (to find that Shoreditch Church is VERY WELL HEATED - NICE & WARM).

Thanks to all for the music, art and company!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

CRAM Record No.1 Album Launch - COMPOST - Thompson/Ward/Taylor

It's very exciting to mark the beginning of 2013 with the first release on CRAM.

The album COMPOST by Daniel Thompson, Alex Ward & Benedict Taylor will release on the 17th Jan 2013, at Shoreditch Church - where it was recorded. The occasion is marked with a concert from the trio, joined by special guest Javier Carmona (percussion), flying in from spain. This proves to be a wild concert from some of the leading young players throughout the London improvised music scene.

In addition, in the spirit of artistic collaboration which is the driving force behind CRAM, the musicians will be joined by the fabulous visual artist Julie Pickard who will be drawing live and exhibiting/showing her work during the evening.

Don't miss this exciting evening of music and art.