Jake McMurchie saxophonist and Wordpress developer

Jake McMurchie

I’m a musician and composer.

I play the saxophone. I’m an improvisor who primarily works within the jazz world. I have an interest in effects pedals and electronics, and an increasing interest in Ableton and MAX for Live.

“If there were a prize for forming bands with instantly distinctive sounds, Bristol-based saxophonist Jake McMurchie would surely carry it off”

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I’m a website designer and developer.

I design and build websites using HTML/CSS, PHP/MySQL, javascript and jQuery, and pull all these together with WordPress, building custom themes, plugins, and Gutenberg blocks. I’m comfortable using git, node/npm, and sass. I have a keen in interest in usability, accessibility, and performance.

Sustainability is a key aspect of my ethos. I build websites that are fast, clean, light, and easy to use. Many of my clients are charities and NGOs working to support those on the environmental frontline. Communication is key and I hope all my clients appreciate my ability to explain the intricacies of technology in a jargon-free way.

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I live in Bristol

I was born in south-east London, but have lived most of my life in Bristol, in the United Kingdom. I went to Henbury School and have a degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University. I’m married, have two teenage children and a dog. I occasionally play football. Badly.

Musician and composer

If there were a prize for forming bands with instantly distinctive sounds, Bristol-based saxophonist Jake McMurchie would surely carry it off. As a key driving force behind the award-winning quartet Get The Blessing, McMurchie has moved from bass-groove to live-wire industrial loopy without dropping a beat.

London Jazz News

Where has he been? … a very, very good saxophonist. Very original, very passionate… a very sexy sound.

Radio 3 Jazz Lineup

…the inventive McMurchie, his sensual tone falling somewhere between early Sonny Rollins and Pink-Panther tenorist Plas Johnson, was a revelation.

London Evening Standard

Michelson Morley

Featuring Mark Whitlam on drums and electronics, Will Harris on bass and Dan Messore on guitar, Michelson Morley released “Aether Drift” on the F-IRE Presents label on 28th April 2014. This was followed in 2016 by “Strange Courage” released on the seminal Babel Label.

It’s really imaginative contemporary music, with a hot free-jazz core.

Review of Strange Courage, John Fordham, The Guardian ****

They’ve lost none of the inventiveness they displayed on their first album … really unique

Nick Luscombe, Late Junction

… the sparse textures and nu-groove-with-loops aspects link to post-rock aesthetic as much as they do contemporary UK jazz … more than good enough to get the blessing from Jazzwise.

Jazzwise Magazine ****

…liberating flexibilities of time and space certainly characterise McMurchie’s fine first album as a composer/leader

Review of Aether Drift, The Guardian

There is really nothing like it, especially by a saxophonist … a testament to the extraordinary cohesion of the three musicians.

Live review, Charley Dunlap, Listomania

Get The Blessing

Previously named The Blessing, the band I share with Pete Judge, Jim Barr and Clive Deamer.

“… the heavyweights of the contemporary jazz scene.” The Independent

GTB’s debut album All Is Yes won Album of the Year 2008 in the BBC Jazz Awards. Bugs In Amber was released in May 2009, in March 2012 we released OCDC on Naim Records, followed by Lope And Antilope in January 2014. October 2015 saw the release of our 5th record Astronautilus, also on Naim Records.

In 2018 we released Bristopia.

In 2019 we celebrated our 20th birthday.

Other projects

I have my own acoustic quartet featuring Riaan Vosloo, Dan Waldman and Matt Brown. I play with Sophie Stockham’s Sefrial, Nick Malcolm’s Jade, Riann Vosloo’s Uphill Game, and with Tony Orrell’s Big Top. I have played with Portishead, Massive Attack, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and with the great Portuguese singer Fernando Tordo at the National Theatre in Lisbon.

Past projects include What Four and Ultrasound. What Four was one of the first jazz groups to be accepted onto Yehudi Menuhin’s outreach organisation “Live Music Now!” What Four was commissioned by the Bath Festival to collaborate with contemporary dance choreographer Yael Flexer in 1997, and in 1998 was awarded the New Technology Commission by Birmingham Jazz resulting in a project entitled Synergy combining live improvisation with popular dance music, electronics, and sampling, one of the first such projects in the UK jazz scene. This was performed at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2000 alongside the Courtney Pine Group.

Website design and development

I’m a WordPress developer and have been working with WordPress since 2006. I like to build fast, performant, easy to use websites with a low carbon footprint. I like to build custom themes from the ground up using git, node/npm, sass, JavaScript, jQuery. I can write plugins and create Gutenberg blocks. And there’s always something new to learn.

I really appreciate all of the patience you’ve had, and all the work you’ve put in to get the site to where it is.  Everyone at AEF is really pleased with it.

Lizzie Harrocks, Aviation Environment Federation

Portfolio

  • https://www.aef.org.uk
    News and information site for the Aviation Environment Federation. I worked with their communications officer and chief designer Lizzie Harrocks to reposition the organisation as a more publicly accessible campaigning organisation.
  • https://www.prayandact4climate.org
    A website built from the ground up for performance to help a Christian Aid led campaign to urge climate action on behalf of faith groups worldwide.
  • https://globalforestcoalition.org
    The website for the Global Forest Coalition, an international coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations defending social justice and the rights of forest peoples in forest policies. Available in 3 languages.
  • https://www.worldeconomicsassociation.org
    A network of sites to support the World Economics Association (WEA), which provides an alternative to the modern economic orthodoxy.
  • et.worldeconomicsassociation.org
    Part of the WEA network is the journal Economic Thought. This website incorporates an internal publishing system with a work-flow suitable for academic publishing.
  • https://www.threecanewhale.com
    Multi-instrumental, acoustic, nu-folk trio featuring Pete Judge, Alex Vann and Paul Bradley.
  • https://michelsonmorley.com
    The website for my quartet.
  • http://www.thepassionofjoanofarc.com
    Ground-breaking soundtrack for this masterpiece of silent cinema by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).