Mark Holub

Drummer/Composer

The sun is out…it’s a middle of October and I am writing another infrequent post….because…..my new duo album with Colin Webster is out today on New Atlantis Records…check it here! It’s already picked up some really nice reviews and we are in the process of booking a UK tour, most likely for the start of March 2015.

Actually, that tour will be in tandem with a tour with another duo I am doing with Irene Kepl, which has an album coming out in January 2015. Full details coming up!

Led Bib just had some wonderful shows in Germany, it was really nice to play again and our show in Karlsruhe was recorded by SWR for a broadcast, most likely at the start of 2015. I will post the date when I have it. We are also heading out on the road again with Led Bib for a mini UK tour in November. 

And coming up even sooner is the next Blueblut tour! Full details are available at the brand new Blueblut website! www.blueblut.net . And, if you haven’t had enough Blueblut recently to convince you to come to the tour, check out our new video here. 


With summer drawing to a close things are moving at pace on the music front again! We’ve just finished a new video with Blueblut and there is one more to be released very shortly. Check out Monky Buh here:



Blueblut has a lot of touring coming up too, starting with the Paraflows Festival in Vienna, and followed by a European tour at the end of October.

Led Bib is also active with a short tour in Germany including Jazzfestival Karlsruhe in October and a short tour in the UK in November including an appearance at London Jazz Festival. If you are quick you can also catch a set from our last tour in the UK on the BBC….available till Monday here!

There is also some news on the free improv recording front. My new CD with Colin Webster is coming out on New Atlantis Records on October 14th and is already picking up some great reviews….tours to follow! AND(!), the new duo album with Irene Kepl is just having the artwork finished off for a new year release on SLAM Productions

Had a great time on the recent UK tour with Led Bib….really enjoyed playing with those guys again! Here’s a video from the tour, captured at the second night of our three night residency at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. The first night will be broadcast by the BBC in September.

Also, been keeping busy with Blueblut, with a couple of great concerts, most recently at the lovely outdoor pavilion in Drosendorf. We are launching the album, ‘Hurts so Gut’ in Austria on June 21st at Central Garden in Vienna, and there are rumours that we will be having a special beer brewed for the occasion….not to be missed. The album is coming out everywhere else at the end of September/early October, followed by a European tour at the end of October. You can even pre order the album here!

And in the works(!), Led Bib are touring in Germany and its environs in October, and then a short tour in November in the UK with a stop at London Jazz Festival.

As if that wasn’t enough….duo albums galore! A new duo album with Colin Webster is coming out on New Atlantis records in the autumn and the duo album with Irene Kepl is almost finished and will be coming out on SLAM Productions, most likely at the start of 2015. 


The Led Bib video for ‘New Teles’ is out today with a great animation by Matthew Robins! Watch it below:

The Led Bib 10th anniversary releases are approaching! Out on April 21st in the UK and May 13th everywhere else!! We’ve been picking up some radio play already so you can have a listen again, if you want to hear some tracks from the album. 

BBC 6 Music - Freak Zone played ‘This Roofus’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0072l4x

BBC Scotland -  The Jazz House played ‘Plastic Lighthouse’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0079g0d

We are also very pleased that we are cover stars of the April/May issue of Jazz UK, talking about the new releases and the upcoming tour, read it online:


Really looking forward to the UK tour which starts in St. Ives on April 22nd!

Lots going on at the moment….trying to keep my head above water. Pleased to say the Blueblut record is done(barring any last minute changes). It will be coming out in the autumn/winter on a yet to be determined label. We will also be touring throughout Europe in support of it!!


Also, the new duo album with Irene Kepl is almost finished!!! Release date and tour information to come, for now, here is a video of a recent gig of ours at the ‘Interpenetration Festival’ in Graz



And, lastly, a recent duo album I did with Colin Webster is coming out on New Atlantis Records in the fall.

Also in the pipeline, Led Bib autumn continental European tour dates…and pleased to say that Led Bib’s May 1st show at the Vortex will be recorded by the BBC for Jazz on 3 for later broadcast. 

Things are moving along quickly on quite a few projects at the moment. Just had a great gig with Blueblut for Skug’s night at Rhiz in Vienna, the album is pretty much completed, Chris has put up one of the tracks on his site. Take a listen…hopefully the album will see the light of day later this year!

Both Led Bib’s new albums are manufactured and release dates set!(UK 21st April Worldwide 13th May). I’m really excited about them and looking forward to the UK tour in April/May. 

The duo album with Irene Kepl is also progressing well….hopefully for an autumn release on SLAM Productions

I’m off this week to lead some masterclasses/workshops with the fantastic Aldeburgh Young Musicians. AYM is an amazing course based at Snape Maltings full of some of the best young musicians the UK has to offer….and always centring on creativity , not just learning to play the instrument. Apparently they have extended their application deadline till the end of February, so get in there if you are a talented young UK based musician.

 

Things have been a little slow on the blog here….but that’s not to do with lack of activity. Been busy in the studio finishing off the Led Bib stuff and finalising the tours, recording and mixing a new album with Blueblut, recording a duo album with Irene Kepl and recording another duo album with Colin Webster….all the live dates will be updated soon! In the meantime, this has just been released. A little limited edition live CD of a recent concert Colin and I did in London. 

Listen and order it here!!


Listening through all the Led Bib monitor mixes at the moment and getting really excited about the new album….the live vinyl is also all ready now, and going into mastering at the end of the month! Both are out on Cuneiform Records in April 2014! 

This weekend Led Bib are off to Sibiu, Romania for a gig at the fabulous Jazz and More festival where we will be previewing material from our new album. 

Some other things in the pipeline for 2014…..I am currently recording an album with Blueblut (Pamelia Kurstin and Chris Janka), working title(and hopefully the real title) is ‘Hurts so Gut’. I am also going into the studio in a few weeks for a duo project with violinist Irene Kepl and later in the month doing a session with Colin Webster for another release…All these are likely to see the light of day in 2014. 

So….lots of things going on……

After completing some DIY tasks and managing not to electrocute myself, I can also say that I am pleased that a duo track I did with Irene Kepl has been released on ‘Damn! - freiStil-samplerin #3’. You can find out some more information and order it here:

http://nocords.net/shop/cd-r/damn-freistil-samplerin-3/

Also, I have finally set up a Mark Holub soundcloud page….there are only a few things on there at the moment, but I hope to get some more stuff up soon….so many things to listen to and hours of Led Bib mixes to wade through(album out in April 2014). For now, check out what’s there!


And this Thursday, another outing for Blueblut, this time at the Moozak Festival at Fluc, Vienna