Fourth Page (Carolyn Hume, Charlie Beresford, Paul May, Pete Marsh) + Bare Springs

Fourth Page

Fourth Page was formed in 2010 almost by accident on a sunny Spring afternoon in Surrey. The very first notes the band ever played together that day ended up on their debut album, ‘Along the Weak Rope’, which was released later that year. Two more albums followed for Forwind and the legendary Leo label over the next couple of years (along with a lot of gigs in churches).

The band’s unique and entirely improvised approach to song form has drawn comparisons to everyone from Schubert to David Sylvian, Paul Bley, Talk Talk and John Martyn, but in truth Fourth Page sound like no-one but themselves. Now, after a few years spent concentrating on other projects and collaborations (often with each other in various combinations) the quartet are back together.

This time the band’s sound is a little harder edged, more electric. Maybe this is a refection of the harder edged times we live in at the close of the decade, but at the heart of Fourth Page’s music there’s still a luminous, fragile beauty.

Their new album ‘Live Wales – Hungary’ is out now. You can listen below or buy it here on LEO records.

Charlie Beresford – guitar, voice
Carolyn Hume – keyboards
Peter Marsh – bass
Paul May – drums

Bare Springs

Tom Roberts: bass guitar, keyboard
Ade Fettucini: guitar, things
James Parsons: drums
Peter Pick: saxophones

Rachel Musson and Olie Brice, + Incus, Malleus and Stapes

Rachel Musson is a saxophonist, improviser and composer living in London, UK. She is involved with a variety of improvisation projects, including a trio with Hannah Marshall and Julie Kjaer, a duo with bassist Olie Brice, and a trio with Mark Sanders and John Edwards who have released a recent album Bibimbap on Two Rivers Records.

Rachel also features on a trio album released this year with Pat Thomas and Mark Sanders, and a quartet album with William Parker, Daniel Carter and Federico Ughi. She plays regularly on the London and International improvised music and free jazz scene.

Olie Brice is a double bassist who may well be familiar to Safehouse regulars, having appeared previously with John Butcher, Luis Vicente and Mark Sanders to name a few. He leads two bands – a quintet that plays his original compositions and a freely improvising trio featuring Tobias Delius and Mark Sanders. He has also worked with musicians including Paul Dunmall, Tony Malaby, Steve Swell, Achim Kaufmann, Alex Ward and Ingrid Laubrock.

“Brice makes the entire body of his bass sing. He has the ability to deliver a fractal line that is as purposeful as any by the great jazz bassists, but to do so within an entirely abstract setting” – Brian Morton, Point of Departure

Incus, Malleus and Stapes

Improv trio utilising some aleatoric methods:

Alan Jackson— plays the “Electric Bullroarer” – part homemade electronics, part modular synthesizer, it is a kit of parts for exploring feedback and resonance. It uses pressure, tilt, motion, microphones and string to control its sound, usually shaping some kind of feedback process.

Marc Muir likes to use his mouth to explore the more disconcerting facets of his mind.

Simon Mclennan uses guitar and electronics to explore harmony and resonance.

Wildcard Quartet