Jazz trio ENEMY bring their dynamic live show to ffresh at the Centre for a midweek special on Wednesday May 24. With their impressive individual CVs this piano-driven group have united to push UK jazz in an exciting new direction.
We tracked down ENEMY ringleader, Kit Downes for a Q&A session to find out what makes them tick and what’s in store for the show.
To someone who doesn’t know your work, how would you describe what you do?
Rhythmic and energetic – lots of detail and excitement, but also many surprises. A piano trio including bass and drums, including musicians who have collaborated with Squarepusher, Django Bates, JamesZoo and Benny Greb.
Who has had the biggest impact on your career?
Playing with Squarepusher was a wonderful experience, as was playing with Django Bates – but the person who has had one of the biggest impacts for me has been the pianist John Taylor – whose music I love, and whose company I miss.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Recording a solo record for ECM, being Mercury Award nominated and playing the historic Newport Jazz Festival in the US.
What’s your most memorable moment on tour?
Probably waking up at 4am in Atami (Japan) from jet lag, and walking up to the warm springs and watching the sunrise.
That, or going to Miniature Wunderland in Hamburg and witnessing first hand the largest model train exhibition in the world…
What does Wales/Cardiff mean to you?
A good night out afterwards! Also the club Dempsey’s, run by Alistair and Brenda was a home from home. I also have friends who studied at the RCWMD, so I remember hanging out with them there.
What should we look out for from you in the coming months?
The forthcoming gig at the Wales Millennium Centre with my piano trio ENEMY, and also I am in the middle of writing a series of one handed piano studies, which you can check out on my Twitter.