I play in three main bands:

  • Natural Causes – A band from Torquay, Huddersfield, Norwich and Lancaster, playing live with silent films, and working with poets such as Ian McMillan, Peter Oswald and Jackie Kay.
  • Rude 2.0 – FX-laden quartet with trombonist Annie Whitehead, bassist Jennifer Maidman and drummer Liam Genockey, that has played sold out gigs at Marsden Jazz Festival, Cafe Oto, and the Vortex Jazz Club
  • Moonrise Trio – My own trio, originally formed to play music from my ‘This Love’ album.

Alongside the Moonrise Trio, I have two other trios of my own:

  • hymn – Norwich-based trio playing spacious improvisations informed by simple composed material. Chris Dowding (trumpet & electronics), George McKay (double bass), David Ross (electronics and percussion).
  • The Hard Edges of Metal – a new loud all-brass trio coming to Norfolk…

This is part of my trios project, exploring different trios, which also include:

  • Tangential – Standards trio with George McKay (double bass) and Jake Kay (drums), playing jazz standards and some originals…
  • Dowding, Morgan & Dunning Solicitors & Co. – new
  • Duality Trio – new
  • of our own invention – new
  • In My Experience – solo setup, sometimes as a trio and duo. More soon…

Other projects include:

  • ALATI – A flexible ensemble exploring poems, songs and improvisation…
  • some things – ‘Arresting brass duo’ from Norwich playing original material, obscure standards and interpretations of English folk songs.
  • The Brass Monkeys – Improvising brass band from Norwich also playing original material and obscure standards. Has performed at St. Paul’s Sessions (London), the Magdalen Street Celebration, and Existential Antics (both in Norwich). Expect free-flowing brass, country dances, and the unexpected…
  • holding hands – something new…
  • Maverick – An exciting new band hopefully coming to Norfolk in 2020… More soon..!
  • Sylvia & I – Duo with Sylvia Hallett, exploring dreamy soundscapes and overlapping loops…
  • Sudden Amusements – Norwich-based processed trumpet and field recordings duo with Oliver Payne…
  • Glasseye Daisy Killer – site-specific dance and music collaboration with London-based Japanese dancer Mirei Yazawa.

I have also been working with:

  • Joey Herzfeld (songwriter recently moved to Norwich from London)
  • Diego Brown and the Good Fairy (multi-instrumental brother/sister duo from London)
  • surfaces ensemble – more soon…

I am also involved with programming several nights:

  • Plink Plonk – An improvised music night programmed by NNSAC (Norwich and Norfolk Sonic Arts Collective), a collective I am involved with – more information, here:
  • St. Paul’s Sessions – a bi-annual concert series at St. Paul’s Church in Marylebone, my sister Clare Dowding’s church. This has included sets by poet John Hegley, saxophonist Julian Arguelles, and trombonist Annie Whitehead.
  • Camouflage – a new contemporary jazz night in Norwich, starting in 2018.

Workshop projects include:

  • Open Worlds / Closed Circuits