Multi-award winning Brit jazz four-piece Empirical are gearing up for their week of gigs at Old Street Underground Station next week to mark the launch of their new album, Connection, which is set for release in March on Cuneiform Records. The band are also set to appear on Jazz FM’s True Brit on 18 February at 6pm, and also headline Jazz in the Round at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone on Monday 29 February. The band officially launch the album at King’s Place on 18 March and follow this with a concert at the Bedford Jazz Festival, The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's, Bedford on 19 March.
Ahead of all of this the band have shared another exclusive video of another live performance of a new tune, 'The Two-Edged Sword', which is taken from Connection and filmed live at Foyles last year when the band premiered material from the album.
Empirical bassist Tom Farmer explains the inspiration for the piece: “'The Two-Edged Sword' is a Nathaniel Facey composition, bought to the band to be included in our Connection' set and album. It's inspiration comes from scripture - 'The word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword' - and that's exactly the piece. On the album, we chose a take that was 2.30 long! It's an up tempo swing with a tricky form and a big gap right in the middle.
This week just gone we have been running an intensive improvisational workshop at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The students (from the classical and Jazz courses) will be coming into the Pop-up Jazz Lounge on Friday 26th Feb at 7.30 to perform a version of this song and three others. The project would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of Simon Purcell and Joe Townsend at Trinity.”
– Mike Flynn