Welcome to Cold Bath Street!

Organic music-making through the

interaction of people. 

 

CBS use a broad canon of improvisational approaches and draw on influences from Pink Floyd, Santana and Miles Davis right through to the present day. The band are a vehicle for the research work of Simon Partridge, Senior Lecturer in Music at UCLan. The aim is to produce new and ever-evolving pieces, to further understand improvisation and to share and encourage group music-making through concerts, workshops and collaboration with other artists. 

 

On this site you can find out what we are up to, understand more about how the project works, get links to our music past and present, or get in touch with us directly

December 5, 2019

https://coldbathstreet.bandcamp.com/album/return-to-earth

Return to Earth has finally landed. We are 'really pleased' (buzzing) with how it has come out. Lots of work from lots of people. This is our first release through the UCLan Recordings label and is already receiv...

November 21, 2018

How do CBS get ready for an improv gig? Do such preparations fit with the idea of it being an improv gig at all? Its a question of degrees: To what extent are you improvising?

If the improvisations are truly open you start playing and go where the music takes you,...

November 21, 2018

Manchester Jimmys November 28th. 

Preston Vinyl Tap December 3rd.

November 20, 2018

Our session at the weekend got off to a difficult start. I was delayed and kept the players waiting a long time. Possibly as a result, the improvisations were a little reserved at first. However a new phrase exercise in E Major really seemed to get the session going an...

November 8, 2018

"... I just want to be who I am... the wonderful thing about jazz music and Indian music for that matter is the spontaneity that is an integral part of the music. And in spontaneity is when we are most honest I think, most true to ourselves. We are not thinking about w...

October 31, 2018

Here are three pointers that I gave one of the newer members to try as an exercise. The purpose? to widen vocabulary and improve confidence... in the end to make the music of the group sound better.

Set up a very simple phrase or repeated pattern. A couple of notes...

October 22, 2018

Can improvised music be great with lots of players?

Personally, I find lots of people playing at the same time is constricting. With a big lineup I often find myself thinking "I'd better leave some space..." so am not really focussed on what I am doing and hence it does...

October 18, 2018

A problem in group jams is that we get stuck. This is a huge disadvantage to starting the jam with a strong pattern/riff that all the group lock into. A few brief notes on a topic that I'll doubtless return to:

Firstly it should be said that many good pieces of music do...

October 11, 2018

Do we make our presence felt? Do we assert ourselves on the music - attempting to steer it to somewhere we want it to go? Do we need to ask permission for this to happen? 

I'm interested in the idea that group music making is a society. In Cold Bath Street I t...

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LISTEN TO OUR LATEST ALBUM 'RETURN TO EARTH' ON BANDCAMP

"Cold Bath Street are  fantastic players with whom I'm privileged to work. Equally it is a vehicle to research improvised group music."  
Simon Partridge – Director
Connor Daniels - Piano
Josh Bennett - Synth
Sam Bowen Wild - Drums & Perc
Holly Hughes - Flute/Vocal
Daniel Bench - Bass
Javon Aziz - Guitar
Chris Graves - Bass
Maddi Rolinson-Lord - Viola
Nseghe Ekpuk - Voice
Alumni
Sean O'Hara - Drums
Scott Wilcoxson - Bass
Liam Ogburn - Guitar and Bass
Kris Price - Synthesizer
Niall Smythe - Bass & Percussion
Sam O'Brien - Drums
Jenn Alcalde - Voice

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