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I Belong To The Band: Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, Adam Bohman, Zsolt Sőrés and Oliver Mayne. Plus – Adrian Northover/ Marcello Magliocchi /Maresuke Okamoto

I Belong To The Band
Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg: voice
Adam Bohman: acoustic & amplified objects
Zsolt Sőrés: viola, toy synthesizers, circuit bent toys, dictaphone tapes, lo­-fi sound sources, contact microphones, effects, objects
Oliver Mayne: vibraphone, synthesizers, contact microphones, effects, objects

I Belong To The Band is a Belgian-British-Hungarian improvisational quartet formed in 2010 in Budapest. The film-maker Peter Strickland, director of Berberian Sound Studio, has this to say about them:

“It was only meant to be for one night. In 2010, I invited Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg and Adam Bohman to Budapest to appear in a demonstration version of my second feature film, Berberian Sound Studio. Since these two wayward musicians were travelling all the way from Brussels and London for just a few hours of filming, it made sense for them to try and squeeze in another activity during down time. The Hungarian musician Zsolt Sőrés knew Messrs Van Schouwburg and Bohman well enough to organise an evening of musical improvisation with them and Budapest-based English musician Oliver Mayne. They christened themselves I Belong To The Band, and despite the ad hoc nature of their initial appointment, their first concert was a wonderful occasion and naturally, since then they have played again and again over the years.”


Adrian Northover: saxophone
Marcello Magliocchi: drums
Maresuke Okamoto: bass

Ma/ti/om Trio + PSANCK

Matilda Rolfsson – bass drum & percussion
Tim Fairhall – double bass
Tom Ward – bass clarinet & flute


“The group as a whole hits a nice seam somewhere between out-there fire music and the chitinous hustle of free improv, leavening their dissonant scrapes with shafts of melody and warm bass twangs poking through the scrapes and hoots. There’s an airy lightness to the trio’s playing, thanks to Ward’s occasion flute invocations, which roam across these four pieces like a summer breeze over a mountainside.” – We need no swords blog




Kev Nickells: violin
Chris Parfitt: wind and electronics
Al Strachan: cornet and fx


The Wildcard Quartet