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Nate Wooley and Htrio – Mark Hanslip, Andrew Cheetham and Otto Willberg


Nate Wooley : Trumpet
Mark Hanslip : Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Cheetham : Drums
Otto Willberg : Double Bass

HTrio with Nate Wooley

Nate Wooley is one of the rising stars of the American experimental scene, a trumpet virtuoso whose musical explorations have taken him through ecstatic jazz, free improvisation, drone composition, and noise into a place very much his own, characterised by intense dynamics, an acute awareness of space, and a complex and organic sense of structure. Recent collaborators include Mary Halvorson, John Zorn, Chris Corsano, Akron/Family, Peter Evans, Wolf Eyes, Joe Morris and Evan Parker.

Image: Peter Gannushkin

Comprising three improvisers with contrasting backgrounds in jazz, modern classical music, and rock, HTrio are known for their strong, unified group sound honed through hours of jamming at their studio in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Together they create long-form improvised pieces that range from abstracted sounds to high-energy free jazz, whilst retaining a strong sense of melody and structure.

Daniel Spicer & Paul Khimasia Morgan

Daniel Spicer is a writer, broadcaster, improviser and poet based in Brighton, UK. He writes about music for The Wire and Jazzwise magazines. His book on Turkish psychedelic music, The Turkish Psychedelic Music Explosion: Anadolu Psych 1965 to 1980, was published by Repeater Books in 2018. He is currently working on a book about Peter Brötzmann. He presents a weekly radio show of improvised music, The Mystery Lesson, on Brighton’s Radio Reverb 97.2FM. He is founder and director of Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival. As an improviser, he has worked with artists as diverse as Adam Bohman, Dylan Nyoukis, Alan Wilkinson and Konstrukt. He has published three collections of poetry: Osshole Accidents in 2012, Notes For Colour in 2015 and From The Bottom Of The Tower in 2018.

Paul Khimasia Morgan is interested in detourning familiar musical instruments in improvised music settings. He currently uses amplified guitar body. He has performed in regular and ad-hoc groupings with Steve Beresford and Blanca Regina, Richard Sanderson, Simon Whetham, Seth Cooke, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Ryu Hankil and Charlotte Keefe. His latest solo album, Peoplegrowold was released on Mark Wastell’s Confront label.

In 2016, he collaborated with artists Joseph Young and Kay Aplin to produce a series of sound-art concerts and talks featuring Beresford and Regina, Cathy Lane, Felicity Ford, John Kannenberg and Brambling which resulted in his piece, slow kiln, being included on the Landscape : Islands cassette compilation. His previous work appears on labels including Linear Obsessional, Absence Of Wax, Crónica, engraved glass and Con-V. Paul curates Aural Detritus Concert Series, runs the Aural Detritus and TSOKL labels and writes for The Sound Projector.


Wildcard Quartet

Line-up TBA

ARC + Phil Durrant/Martin Vishnick



Sylvia Hallett – violin and electronics
Danny Kingshill – cello
Gus Garside – double bass and electronics

The improvising electro-acoustic string trio Arc was formed in 1988 has performed since then with the same line up and has released three albums.

REMEMBERING (Uneasy Listening, 1992)
“A fantastic band who have assimilated much from contemporary classical music and have developed a sharp, intuitive common aesthetic”.. Resonance.

OUT OF AMBER (Slam, 1993)
“Indispensable for its profound beauty” Impro Jazz, France.

the pursuit of happiness (Emanem, 2009)
“teeming with subtle surprises” All About Jazz, New York.
“..creative immediacy in dialogue with historical echoes, a stimulating space where spontaneity and
evocation coincide”. The Wire.

The group’s music has been described as ‘dramatic’, ‘sinister’, ‘witty’ and even likened to ‘a satanic horror movie score’ (though the person who described us thus also said “it was the best thing I’ve ever seen at Sonic Imperfections”). Their music is at times influenced by classical music, contemporary composition, Eastern European folk and improvised music

Sylvia Hallett works as improviser and composer, often collaborating with theatre (RSC, Wonderful Beast) or dancers/choreographers (h2dance, Jacky Lansley, Miranda Tufnell),and Japanese silent film, accompanying screenings of Walk Cheerfully (Ozu) and A Page of Madness, in collaboration with shakuhachi player Clive Bell and benshi Tomoko Komura Recent musical collaborations include “Sweet Tooth”, a music-dance piece by Elaine Mitchener, alongside Jason Yarde and Mark Sanders. Musical contexts range from Cafe Oto (with David Toop, Rie Nakajima,) iklectik arts space (London Improvisers Orchestra, Catherine Pluygers, Adam Bohman), Hundred Years Gallery (Douglas Benford, Mark Brown, Chris Dowding) and The Old Dentist (the London Hardingfelelag, and poet Amy Cutler).

Danny Kingshill has worked as a player and musical director for Cyclops Theatre Company and the Amici dance company. He has wide experience as a workshop leader and is musical director at his local church and a choirmaster. He has been a member of improvising groups Boyg and In Sand and is a member of Tonbridge Philharmonic and the Medway quartet.

Gus Garside has worked in a variety of musical settings – jazz, contemporary music, rock, cabaret, dance, theatre and, most importantly, improvised music where he has performed with many leading players. As well as playing in many one off improvising or contemporary music situations he regularly performs in The Static Memories, an electronic duo with Dan Powell) and the West Hill Blast
Quartet, a free jazz quartet with Ron Caines, Dan Spicer and Andy Pyne . He also creates structured improvisational compositions including The Star Field, The Sleepwalkers (featuring 10 of the leading improvising string players in the UK) and Collective Stories (a commission
in Quebec with Grand Groupe Régional d’Improvisation Libérée).

Phil Durrant/Martin Vishnick

Phil Durrant

Phil Durrant is a London based multi-instrumentalist, As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the “group voice approach” style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more “reductionist” approach.

As a modular synth player, Durrant performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The Seen. As a mandolinist, he has been performing regularly with guitarist Martin Vishnick whome he met at the twice monthly ‘Skronk’ events.

Martin Vishnick

Martin, is a performer, composer, researcher and teacher. As a performer, concert tours have taken Martin all over the globe where he continues to promote his albums with radio and concert appearances; this includes varied Classical guitar and Electric guitar concerts and engagements. Commissions include music for the theatre, concert hall, film and media.

Martin is currently involved in post-doctoral research, propagating his work in the contemporary ‘sound art’ music scene, providing guitarists and composers with a sound repertory for compositions and improvisation based on extended techniques that comprise both developments of existing techniques and techniques invented by the author.

Wildcard Quartet

Chris Parfitt
Clive Craske
Jay Bee