James Mainwaring Mycorrhiza
Mycorrhiza is the term describing the symbiotic relationship between mycorrhizal fungi and a plants root system. The fungi forms networks between the trees, allowing them to communicate. Often nicknamed the ‘wood wide web’, the network allows trees to send each other nutrients and warn each other about predators such as bugs, deer, or harmful pathogens. The debut album from James Wainwarins ‘Mycorrhiza’ is inspired by natural systems like this and is concerned about the human impact and the corruption surrounding it.
James Mainwaring is a saxophonist, composer and singer-songwriter based in Leeds, UK. While his background is in jazz and rock music, his music aims to be genre-fluid, and as a saxophonist, he is interested in augmenting his sound with extended techniques and electronics. Since moving to Leeds to study at Leeds Conservatoire where he is now a tutor; he has released three albums with the Mercury Prize, Jazz FM and MOBO nominated Roller Trio and toured extensively throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe, as well as British Council funded performances in South Korea and North Sudan. He has also led Tipping Point, who released The Earthworm’s Eye View in 2015, the Guardian described the album as ‘playful, dark, skilful and spontaneous… a sure- footed trip across many persuasions in contemporary music’. As well as a bandleader/ collaborator, he has toured/recorded as a sideman with artists such as Nduduzo Makathini, (Ikhambi), Django Django, John Law (Configuration), Dave Kane, Morten Schantz, Sean Foran, Martin Archer, and Space Fight.
James Mainwaring (Composition / Saxophones / Vocals / Keyboards / Flutes) Aby Vulliamy – (Viola / Vocals)
Mick Bardon – (Cello)
Fergus Quill (Double Bass)
Steve Hanley (Drums)