StevePretty.com

I do music and performance and stuff

Hello. I am Steve Pretty. This is my website, on which I attempt to explain my confusing 'career' to you. I do mostly performance,  music composition, arranging and production, and sometimes photography and writing.

If you're confused, think how I feel.

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Hackney Colliery Band live at Koko - FULL SHOW video

HCB played a sold-out show at Koko, London on 26th May 2017. It was a really special evening, and made more poignant as they show took place just days after the devastating Manchester terror attack (see our tribute at 18.30).

We recorded the entire thing for posterity - all 108 minutes of it! We're really happy with how it's come out. What do you think?

Be sure to come to our biggest show yet, at the legendary Kentish Town Forum on 16th February. ROLL UP!

Hackney Colliery Band perform to a sell-out crowd at London's iconic Koko. Performing in the same week as the devastating Manchester terror attacks in 2017, the show has added poignancy with a tribute to victims of terror all over the world, alongside HCB's trademark barnstorming punk/jazz/electro hybrid party music.

On Mass

I am once again Musical Supervisor for the frankly extraordinary On Mass project at the Roundhouse, part of the London Jazz Festival 2017, and featuring very special guest Angelique Kidjo. I'm very excited to be working with Angelique and all 180 young people involved in the project. It's going to be absolutely amazing! Tickets available now for the show in the main space of the Roundhouse on 12th November.

Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival and led by three-time time Grammy award winner Angelique Kidjo. On Mass brings together professional and emerging music and performance artists from around the world, to collaborate with home-grown talent including London's top carnival band Kinetika Bloco, Sadler's Wells acclaimed hip hop festival Breakin' Convention, Battersea Art Centre's Beat Box Academy and music collectives.

Circa Tsuica at Warwick Arts Centre

In February/March 2016 I was a visiting artist at Warwick Arts Centre, where I worked with the incredible French circus heroes Circa Tsuica and the brilliant University of Warwick Big Band.

Warwick is my alma mater, and I was musical director of the Big Band for four years, so it was a real treat going back to work with them. The band are sounding better than ever, and we all had a blast working with Circa Tsuica's musical director Camille Secheppet. As well as being a superb sax player, Camille specialises in sound painting, and the band and I learned a great deal about this really interesting way of working with both improvised and written music.

 

The show was nothing short of breathtaking, with superb musicianship on display...all whilst doing acrobatics, riding bikes backwards with five people on board and upside-down cloud swinging. Extraordinary talent, and a brilliantly inventive, funny show. The moment when we all performed on stage together for the finale was one of my favourite moments of 2016 so far.

Here's a little demo video of the guys. It's great, but, y'know, it's much better in person.