‘Fresh on the scene, trumpeter Charlotte Keeffe is a whirlwind of extended techniques and tactile puzzles, removing the mouthpiece to elicit a windy howl, using her left hand as a mute in the bell of the horn and revelling in restless possibilities.’
– Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise Magazine
Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Charlotte Keeffe graduated with a Bachelor of Music specialising in Jazz Performance on the Trumpet from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She then completed her Masters as a Scholarship Recipient at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is a Help Musicians UK Award Winner.
Charlotte’s unique approach to trumpet playing and passion for improvised/experimental/jazz music has led her to performing regularly across the UK and internationally. Her own latest project explores the blurring of lines between her compositions and improvisation. Charlotte will be performing and recording this new material in November 2018 alongside Alex Ward on guitar, Ashley John Long on double bass and Ben Handysides on drums. Her collaboration with Alex Ward extends to his own Item Series projects, performing regularly alongside Bassist Otto Willberg and Drummer Andrew Lisle in Item 4 and Item 10.
Charlotte assisted Guitarist John Russell with establishing the Mopomoso Workshop Group/MoWo for Improvisation. She arranges for special guests from all around the world to feature at MoWo’s monthly gigs, and is co-creating a new regular night for women improvisers in alignment with her passion for nurturing inclusivity in the arts.
Charlotte is a Board Member of the London Improvisers Orchestra/LIO and helped in securing funding for the LIO’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations taking place in December 2018. Charlotte will perform alongside renowned improvisers John Edwards, Maggie Nicols and Steve Beresford in this special event.
This September 2018, Charlotte played trumpet/flugelhorn as part of the Sheffield-based, Discus Music’s new Anthropology album, headed by Martin Archer, also featuring Chris Sharkey, Corey Mwamba, Dave Sturt, Pat Thomas and Peter Fairclough. Charlotte is also part of Martin Archer’s Downtown & Uptown Quintet, which will be recording in 2019, also including Dave Kane, Graham Clark and Laura Cole.
Andrew Lisle is a drummer from Northumberland, UK, currently based in London. In 2008 he began studying Jazz at Leeds College of Music and soon discovered a passion and talent for free improvisation. It was during his time at LCoM that he co-founded the band Shatner’s Bassoon with five like-minded musicians (and fellow graduates) Johnny Richards, Michael Bardon, Oliver Dover, Craig Scott and Joost Hendrickx. To date the band have recorded two studio albums (receiving wide-spread critical acclaim) and have toured the UK extensively.
After graduating in 2011 he moved to Lisbon, Portugal where he had the opportunity to further develop his musicianship. He spent much of his time at the Clean Feed Records’ base of operations Trem Azul playing with the city’s veteran improvisers including Rodrigo Pinheiro (Red Trio), Hernani Faustino (Red Trio), Rodrigo Amado and Luis Lopes among others.
Since moving to London in 2013 his virtuosity and musicality has established him as a sought-after drummer on the Jazz and improvised music scene, performing and recording with some of the most innovative musicians in the UK and beyond. These include Colin Webster, John Edwards, John Dikeman, Alex Ward, Dirk Serries, Alan Wilkinson, Matthew Bourne, Rachel Musson and Mark Sanders.
On-going projects to date include: Orbits, Kodian trio, Colin Webster/Andrew Lisle, Ales Ward Item 10, Alex Ward Item 4, Dikeman/Lisle/Serries/Webster to name a few.
Monty Oxymoron – solo piano
As well as his main gig – playing keyboards with The Damned – Monty Oxymoron has cultivated a rich musical life that takes in a wide range approaches, from psych improv with The Sumerian Kyngs, to accompanying Eugene Chadbourne on drums, to recording with the Vitamin B12, and much more besides. He has worked with contemporary dance classes and performances, poets and with theatre companies. Personal study researching the phenomenon of synaesthesia has led him to a deep interest in the interplay between visual and aural phenomena, art and music.
+ Wildcard Quartet
Kev Moore: electronics
Al Strachan: cornet
Z*qhygoem: guitar / percussion / electronics
Matt Finucane: guitar