Sylvia Hallett: violin
Gus Garside: double bass
Danny Kingshill: cello
ARC have been exploring the strings family for over a quarter of a century now, drawing on classical influences, noise, electronics and vocal interjections to create their own soundworld.
“Arc is an exploration of possibilities for string trio…. Beyond the obvious familial drama of violins in conference, Arc are effectively making space for a personalised chamber music where creative immediacy is in dialogue with historical echoes, a stimulating space where spontaneity and evocation coincide.” Julian Cowley, The Wire
Alison Blunt: violin
Annie Kerr: violin
Alison Blunt is one of the UK’s leading improvising violinists – when she isn’t performing at an international festival, she’ll be working on a film or dance commission, recording a children’s album and generally eluding pigeonholes. Annie Kerr is a violinist, poet and Safehouse regular. It will be great to hear what they come up with as a duo.
“Alison Blunt’s playing is unique. Eerie gut-ripping rattles and chokes from hell are interrupted by ringing notes of heavenly hope. I have never heard anything like it” – Jeffery Taylor.
The Wildcard Quartet
At the end of every Safehouse open session four members are picked at random to form a one-off quartet to play at the show at the end of the month. God help us if they’re all string players.