CLJazz, 10 Ashleigh Terrace, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA66AT
Composer, band leader, trumpeter, part Swiss, part English, played in political street bands (Fallout Marching Band, Sheffield Street Band) when Jazz Warrior Gail Thompson noticed him busking in Brixton market and included him in some London gigs. In Bristol from 1989 to 1993 he played in Keith Tippett’s Seedbed Jazz Workshop Orchestra, local bands (including with Kevin Figes, Pete Rosser (Tango Siempre), Tony Orrell, FNAAZ, Talisman.
He was in the forefront of the klezmer revival with The Klezmernauts which included the later-
Returning in 1999 he co-
The BEJE concept is to include mainland European jazz musicians based in Bristol in a jazz quintet playing Mowat’s compositions. The most recent outing was the Bristol jazz and blues fest 2018 which featured to spoken word-
Mowat’s ambition is to take BEJE on the European jazz circuit and to that end he attended Jazzahead Festival in Bremen in April 2015 where he met jazz singer Anne Chris (annechris.nl) and formed a collaborative project. She sang her songs and Mowat’s compositions with BEJE in Bristol in November 2015 and they’ve played together at a popular Amsterdam venue, Café Nel, twice.
In the last 2 years Mowat has focused on Chai For All, getting Arts Council and British Council grants to create two projects: a multi-
How will this history influence his workshop style? Mowat likes to listen to workshop members and give supportive and constructive feedback to each person, especially around expressing their unique voice. He hopes we’ll be risk taking, inventive, collaborative in our approaches. He’ll bring some of his own compositions for the group to work with. Don’t expect a detailed analysis of ‘turn arounds’ and bebop standards, but something fresh, in the moment and fun. There will be attention to how players in small ensembles work together to create a band sound.