This label was founded in 1994 by Martin Archer and Mick Beck, and is the CD imprint for releases by their many and various projects. Limited in its scope only by the imagination of the artists, the sounds to be found on the label vary between electronic rock music, free jazz, extended songform, improvised music, and other releases which simply cannot be categorised. Please do spend some time browsing around our site and listening to the various music examples to be found here.
News and work in progress
Eagle eyed visitors may spot that up in the right hand corner there is now a link to Discus' Bandcamp account. This has been opened for the benefit of listeners who use that site as a first call when searching for new music, or for those of you who are more comfortable using that site for your CD and download purchases, or who prefer to stream music using the Bandcamp app. The Discus site is currently being configured so that download sales will be available direct from this main site as well as from Bandcamp. Please also see the note on pricing below.
Very excited to announce a host of upcoming releases by a number of our favourite colleagues doing their own music! Discus Music will be releasing the next CD "The Two Fridas" by Laura Cole & Metamorphic, and Laura also plans to make a solo record “As Warm As The Sun” for the label. Dave Kane recently scored a major triumph with his solo bass piece The Kleshas, which was premiered at the 2016 Marsden Jazz Festival. We're very pleased to announce that a studio version of this wonderful piece will be released by Discus in 2017. Slightly further down the road Discus will also be releasing "One Last Noose", a trio CD by Mat Maneri, Lucian Ban & Corey Mwamba.
Julie Tippetts & Martin Archer CD #5 “Illusion” is gradually taking shape with the music finished and vocal sessions in progress.
Martin's large scale AACM inspired jazz group Engine Room Favourites convened in Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio once more in March 2017 to record new material for a third CD release on Discus, titled "Safety Signal From A Target Town". This is currently scheduled for release in early 2018.
You can watch a video of us in the studio on the Discus YouTube channel - link above right.
Martin Archer formed a new trio in 2016 - DAS RAD - with Nick Robinson and Steve Dinsdale. The group will be recording and hopefully gigging a bit during 2017.
Next three sessions in the Discus “small group” series are being planned for late 2017 into 2018. These will be:
Martin Archer / Pat Thomas / Chris Sharkey / Dave Kane / Peter Fairclough - (Dec 2017)
Martin Archer / Anton Hunter / Mark Sanders – (Mar 2018)
Martin Archer / Ron Caines / Laura Cole / Matthew Bourne / Gus Garside / Johnny Hunter – (date tbc) - yes THE Ron Caines...
Martin is currently working with Bo Meson on a new piece inspired by Matt Damon’s 288 word script in the latest Bourne movie…. Expect a release in 2018.
Martin is also working on a CD with Canadian electroacoustic musician Chris Meloche and legendary percussionist Gino Robair – again for release in 2018.
Details of all Discus related live concerts can be accessed on the Discus Concerts Facebook page..
Deep Tide Quartet (see 64CD) is Martin Archer (saxes), Laura Cole (piano), Kim Macari (trumpet) and Walt Shaw (percussion). Following the release of their CD, this group will be out and about in the UK during 2017 and 2018 wherever improvised music is played.
Rehearsals have begun for Martin Archer's new Sextet for regular performance - Martin Archer (saxes), Charlotte Keeffe (trumpet), Graham Clark (violin), Laura Cole (piano), Dave Kane (bass), Peter Fairclough (drums) - watch this space for further news.
All prices include postage and packing worldwide. There is an automatic discount for larger orders - if you spend more than £25, any value in excess of £25 is automatically discounted by 30% when you check out. Pricing is identical on the main site and on the Bandcamp site, but please note that the large purchase discount is not available on Bandcamp.