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Fulborn Teversham

Fulborn Teversham are the mind-blowing new group of Seb Rochford, the extraordinarily in-demand and prolific drummer/composer, leader of Mercury Music prize nominees Polar Bear, and winner of BBC Jazz award for Rising Star 2004.

Fulborn Teversham pursue a more eclectic, and less overtly jazz direction than Polar Bear, or indeed Rochford’s other acclaimed group, Acoustic Ladyland, incorporating elements of electronica, Bablicon/Henry Cow-style prog and post punk. With clever balancing of cosmic and acoustic sounds, Seb Rochford (drums), Nick Ramm (Nord synthesizer), Pete Wareham (saxophones), and Alice Grant (vocals), set up an intimate and thrilling improvisational post-punk post-jazz chamber music for the future.

Forget the jokes about drummers being people who hang out with musicians - Seb Rochford is a music academy graduate who plays several instruments and can converse about any genre from modern classical to grind core. He does, however, hang out with an inordinate number of musicians, playing with 'about 10 different bands', at the last count, including the acclaimed Polar Bear, whose recent album, ‘Held on the Tips of Fingers’, was nominated for the highly prestigious 2005 Mercury Music Prize. It went on to appear in the top 100 all time jazz recordings that shook the World in Jazzwise Magazine in 2006.

Rochford has also performed and recorded with Pete Wareham's Acoustic Ladyland, Julia Biel, Ingrid Laubrock, Oriole, Juliet Kelly, and Tim Richards among others. He also appears in various alt rock bands such as Menlo Park and Paul the Girl. Among his many ventures, Seb appeared at the Patti Smith Meltdown concert at the Barbican, drumming for Yoko Ono alongside her son and guitarist, Sean Lennon, and in October 2006, he appeared at the newly renovated Camden roundhouse for the Electric Proms, in duo with Soft Machine legend, bassist Hugh Hopper. Seb was also the subject of a recent major feature in the Observer Music Monthly magazine.

Pete Wareham is a graduate of Leeds College of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music. He played tenor and baritone sax in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (1997-99), and was a prize-winner at the 1997 Young Jazz Musician of the Year. But it was his masterminding of Acoustic Ladyland and partnership with Seb Rochford that have brought him the highest accolades. Winning Best Band at the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards, and 'Last Chance Disco's’ nomination there for Best Album, has made Acoustic Ladyland a near household name, captivating new and unexpected audiences with its hip London punk-jazz. Pete has brought his fiery sax playing to a wide variety of other projects including Polar Bear, and Jonathan Bratoeff's latest quartet CD.

Alice Grant is a singer with a very distinctive, punky, deadpan, English-accented vocal style. She also sings (and plays assorted musical instruments) with Leafcutter John, and has provided vocals on the new Acoustic Ladyland album. She also has her own group, Normal Gimbel.

Sydney-born Nic Ramm, studied at the Guildhall School of Music, under Simon Purcell, John Taylor and Bosco de Oliviera. He has performed as keyboardist/pianist with many of the F-IRE collective projects, including Acoustic Ladyland, Jade Fox, Timeline, Synergy, and the F-IRE Collective Large Ensemble. He also has his own group, Clown Revisted, whose debut album of circus-inspired music, ‘Flashes of a Normal Woorld’ was released on F-IRE in 2006.

Fulborn Teversham have some live shows coming up. Check the live page for details.


Count Herbert II CD
(Pickled Egg Records, Egg 65CD)

"Alan Freeman used to play the most extraordinary music on BBC radio in the late 70's, once mixing the Slits with Henry Cow and classic rock cuts. He might have gone big on Fulborn Teversham, as they sound like a cross between these groups in places. Count Herbert II is fascinating and vital collection" [The Wire]

"At times, Count Herbert II suggests a kind of downbeat British Mothers of Invention. Rochford and his F-IRE Collective partners are that original" [The Guardian]

"Since his Mercury Music Prize nomination with Polar Bear in 2005, drummer and composer Seb Rochford has dragged jazz in ever-more diverse, inclusive directions. With his new band, Fulborn Teversham, Rochford sneaks like a cat burglar through generations and genres, stealing and fusing influences along the way. Versatile vocalist Alice Grant is spear-like and edgy one minute — "Off Song" sees her reveal, "There's just one thing that I would like to say / It starts with 'F' and ends in 'Off'" — then sensuous the next, as she entwines with the Pete Wareham's saxophone riffs on glowing laissez-faire masterpiece "Even If". Observing the pop-like discipline of length, "Beach Tune" screams a dishevelled anthem for hair-shaking late-night crazy cats, while the title track pit-fights mellow organ and grinding bass breaks. A punky debut of virtuoso performances, inspired by a madly engaging imagination" [Flavourpill]

Although Pete Warham's F-IRE affiliated jazz/grindcore oufit, Acoustic Ladyland, have got all the media attention, they're a seemingly contrived outfit next to the genuinely playful, unself-conscious prog-skonk of Fulborn Teversham. Their new album, 'Count Herbert II' is a collection of unquanifiable pices which mix jazz's joyous experimentation with alt-rock's love of noisescapes and the tangential noodling of prog. Countless rock bands have been trying to pull off this same trick - of constructing melody from cut-up disonace - for as long as Tom Wairs and Sonic Youth have been cool, but Fulborn actually have the chops to make it work" [Eddy Lawrence, Time Out]

'Beachtune' (MP3)
'Count Herbert II' (MP3)

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The Guardian
The Broken Face


Fulborn Teversham Myspace
Guardian Interview


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