This duo brings together the furious sound of Alan Wilkinson (saxophone/bass clarinet) and Andrew Cheetham (drums) for the first time since recording together earlier this year in April. It is a meeting between a stalwart of the UK improvising scene in Wilkinson and one part of a younger generation of improvisers developing in Manchester’s fertile outsider scene. The music will undoubtedly have sustained periods of intensity as Wilkinson pushes the limits and engages with Cheetham’s propulsive stream of rhythm. Alan Wilkinson has collaborated with a huge list of improvisers, such as Peter Brötzmann, Derek Bailey, John Edwards, Chris Corsano, Thurston Moore and many more. Andrew Cheetham is the drummer with an array of bands in Manchester, including Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura, Yerba Mansa and Irma Vep.
Ian Brighton was very active in guitar improvisation in the 70s and 80s, playing solo and with regular groups such as Balance, Spontaneous Music Ensemble with John Stevens and Trevor Watts, the Tony Oxley quartet and co-founder of the Alternative Music Orchestra with percussionist Trevor Taylor. He also played many concerts with the legendary Lol Coxhill.
“Brighton’s work is the too rarely heard characteristic of exploring the possibilities rather than the probabilities of the sounds of his instrument. And that, above all, is what makes this album important.” – Roger Farbey All-About-Jazz
Since the 1960s Trevor Watts has been at the forefront of many innovations as a saxophone player, percussionist and composer. He is the only founder member of The Spontaneous Music Ensemble still left – other founder members were John Stevens & Paul Rutherford, and later members included Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Evan Parker and Derek Bailey. His Amalgam group began in 1967 with bassist Barry Guy and trombonist Paul Rutherford, and he was a founder member of Barry Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra. He was the instigator behind the Moire Music Group and The Drum Orchestra, which involved musicians from North and South Africa and Latin America. He has played with many great US jazz musicians, including Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Kent Carter, Rashied Ali, Steve Swallow and Bobby Bradford. http://www.trevorwatts.co.uk
Stephen Grew is a pianist and electronic keyboard player based in Lancaster UK. He is in several bands, Grutronic, an electronic improvising quartet, Grew quartet, an acoustic 4 piece, and also plays with violinist Graham Clark, drummer Tony Bianco and saxophonist Evan Parker.
Since their inception 20 years ago The Remote Viewers have released 14 albums of genre-defying music that melds free-improvisation with song form and suite-like compositions, and they conjure up an overall feeling of listening to a soundtrack to an as yet unmade film.
The group has been a mutable beast over the years, but saxophonists Adrian Northover and David Petts have been present as core members throughout. They are joined in the trio version of the group by John Edwards, whose energy and inventiveness on the double bass never fails to impress.
They have a new CD called The Gods Take a Holiday that is released to coincide with this tour, and will be playing all new compositions on the night.
Peter Pick: saxophone Ade Fettucini: guitar / clarinet Tom Roberts: bass James Parsons: drums
Jennifer Allum is a violinist specialising in improvised and new music. Based in London, Allum studied at York and Goldsmith’s universities, and was a long time attendee of Eddie Prevost’s weekly Friday night workshops. She has a few recordings available, all on Matchless Recordings, the most recent of which was a duo with cellist Ute Kanngiesser, which was recorded in the Bell Tower of Hackney. http://www.jenniferallum.info/
David Toop is a musician, author, professor and Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.
He has published five books including Ocean of Sound, Rap Attack and Sinister Resonance. His first album, ‘New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments’, was released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975 and he has collaborated with artists ranging from John Latham, Bob Cobbing, Carlyle Reedy and Ivor Cutler to Rie Nakajima, Evan Parker, Max Eastley and Akio Suzuki.