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Steve Beresford, Jack Goldstein and Pierre Bouvier Patron / Mandhira de Saram and Blanca Regina

£6 / £5 members and unwaged

This special Safehouse line-up is made up of artists from Strange Umbrellas, a platform for free improvised music and visual art based in London.

Tickets are on sale now: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/389293

Please note that the Wildcard Quartet will play the final slot on this bill, to allow for return train journeys of the visiting artists.

Steve Beresford and Jack Goldstein, with visuals by Pierre Bouvier Patron

steve-beresford3Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years, working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, Christian Marclay and Alterations. He has also written songs, scored feature films, TV shows and commercials. Steve has worked with hundreds of people, including The Slits, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Ray Davies, Ilan Volkov, The Flying Lizards, Otomo Yoshihide, The Portsmouth Sinfonia and John Zorn.


jackgoldsteinJack Goldstein is a musicologist at Goldsmiths, a keen free-improviser and the founding member of the experimental pop quintet, Fixers. He curates a regular night of experimental music and performance, Strange Umbrellas, with Steve Beresford and Blanca Regina.


pierreBorn in Lyon, France, Pierre Bouvier Patron is a visual artist based in London. He is currently working in different media such as digital video and film, exploring the boundaries between them and creating moving image works, performances and installations.  He is currently involved with No.W.Here, a film laboratory based in London, and has been involved in video screenings and video performances internationally, solo or in collaboration with musicians such as Syd Kemp and the artist Blanca Regina.


Mandhira de Saram and Blanca Regina (violin, voice, objects and visuals)

fullMandhira de Saram is a versatile violinist performing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral violinist in the UK and abroad. She is a founding member and the leader of the Ligeti Quartet, a young string quartet which has established a reputation as a leading dynamic and imaginative force in contemporary and modern music. International solo and chamber music tours have taken her around Europe as well as the USA, India, China and her country of origin, Sri Lanka.

She has worked with Wadada Leo Smith, Meilyr Jones, Shabaka Hutchings, Laura Jurd, Kerry Andrew, Sean Noonan, and, following a tour to China and Hong Kong, has collaborated with leading Hong Kong DJ Choi Sai Ho and Japanese sound artist mamoru.

blancareginaBlanca Regina is an artist, teacher and curator based in London who is currently involved in creating audiovisual performances, sound works, installations and film. Her research and practice encompass sound art, free-improvisation, moving image, live events, electronic music and performance. In London, she co-founded with Steve Beresford and later Jack Goldstein ‘Strange Umbrellas’, a platform for free improvised music and visual art. She has performed with various artists, including Terry Day, Leafcutter John, Beresford and Matthias Kispert and curated a number of events and installations in London and internationally.

Plus The Wildcard Quartet