Grassy Noel & APE


Grassy Noel & APE are a band that create improvised somewhat abstract cinematic sound-scapes with vocalisations.

They are often joined by guest musicians, most recently playing with the internationally renowned saxophonist Trevor Watts and wizard of the keyboards, Veryan Weston.

Their inspiration is often from the cinematic & literary world and are currently working on an album with Lu Edmonds as Sound Sculptor.

Grassy Noel – Vocalisations; has performed on radio shows with a huge array of poets, comedians, politicians & musicians from Mark Thomas to Lol Coxhill, Tony Benn to Jazzman John Clarke.

Big Mike Walter – Saxophones & Flutes has enormous experience playing in several bands and with several improvising musicians. Big Mike has spent many years playing with the Late, Great Saxophonist, Lol Coxhill.

Paul Shearsmith – Trumpet, Pipes, Percussion; Paul is one of the original improvised musicians in England and has spent many years playing and making instruments with the Legendary Echo City.

Keisukei Matsui – Guitar & Amplified Found Sounds. Keisuke Matsui has been in numerous improvised line-ups & bands and is currently playing with one of London’s most surreal bands, Fear Of Fluffing.

Mark Rathmell – Symphonic Sounds on IPad. Mark has spent years playing music in Japan and is also an amazing artist, actor & vocalist. He was part of the famous mash-up band known as the “WhoBoys” and is currently vocalist with Dismembered Sound Booth.


Simon Mclennan And Joshua Simpson

Simon Mclennan And Joshua Simpson – guitar and drums. Working together since 2012 in various guises the duo explore sonic/rhythmic and textural landscapes. Both members of the more structured trio Solid Birds Flying, they come together tonight to perform a fully improvised set.


Wildcard Quartet

Gus Garside – bass
Ron Caines – sax
Matt Finucane – guitar
Marc James Muir – voice

Hannah Marshall / Alex Ward / David Birchall / Andrew Cheetham

This new quartet were one of the highlights of last year’s Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival.  Four of the most committed improvisers currently working in the UK: from Manchester, guitarist David Birchall and drummer Andrew Cheetham; and from London, Alex Ward on clarinet and Hannah Marshall on cello.

[Note: Julie Kjær is sadly now unable to make this gig; thanks to Alex Ward for stepping in!]



Sylvia & I / Graham Dunning and Ed Lucas


Sylvia & I

Chris Dowding – trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn & electronics
Sylvia Hallett – violin, voice, bicycle wheel, saw & electronics

Sylvia & I use overlapping loops and other effects to create a sonic dream-world, both haunting, beautiful, with excursions into the dark side. The music unfurls slowly, drawing the listener into an immersive sea of melodic fragments and dreamy soundscapes.

Over the last three years Sylvia & I have performed at improvised music nights and venues
around the UK, such as The Vortex, Hundred Years Gallery, The Klinker, Flimflam, and in
Norwich. They launched their album “the holding breath” with a performance at Wymondham Music Festival, in South Norfolk, and will be touring Britain in 2019.

Chris Dowding is a moving force on the Norwich experimental music scene, and co-founded the Norfolk and Norwich Sonic Arts Collective. He performs regularly in the bands Natural Causes (recently reviewed by the Wire), Rude 2.0 (with the trombonist Annie Whitehead), and leads the Moonrise Trio. He has toured the UK with these bands, performing at Union Chapel, Dartington, and regularly at The Vortex Jazz Club. In 2010, he performed on flugelhorn for ‘Songs at a Year’s End’ – an Opera North production about the miner’s strike, composed by Hugh Nankivell, with words by Ian McMillan. Since moving back to Norfolk (where he grew up) in 2014, he has explored a wide range of projects, often with brass, including performing with The Brass Monkeys, the “arresting trumpet duo” some things, and was featured at BBC Radio 3’s Exposure event in Norwich with the “immersive textures” of hymn.

Sylvia Hallett is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Her work grew out of the London
Musicians Collective, where she played in a trio with Lol Coxhill and Susannah Ferrar, and was a regular contributor on NATO records with British Summer Time Ends. Recently she has collaborated with Evan Parker, David Toop, Anna Homler (The Many Moods of Bread and Shed CD), Clive Bell (The Geographers CD) Mike Adcock (Reduced CD), and regularly plays with the London Improvisers Orchestra. She also performs solo and has released 3 solo CDs on MASH and EMANEM. Site specific commissions include a semi-composed work which she performed for the Livio Felluga Wine Company on a hillside vineyard in Italy.
As a composer she has worked extensively with the choreographers Miranda Tufnell, Jacky
Lansley, h2dance, Wonderful Beast Theatre Company, and has composed music for many BBC Radio dramas.

album : the holding breath
Available on cassette (and download) and download from:

Graham Dunning and Ed Lucas

Graham and Ed  have a new album of trumpet & turntable free improv recordings coming out on Italian label tsss tapes.

Graham Dunning‘s live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He regularly performs with saxophone player Colin Webster, and a host of other improvising musicians.

Ed Lucas is co-organiser (with Daniel Kordik) of the Earshots label – their long running trombone and synth duo led to the beginning of the concert series and label. He has had many associations with improvising musicians in London and beyond.