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Martin Archer, Corey Mwamba and Walt Shaw + West Hill Blast Quartet

£6 / £5 members and unwaged

Martin Archer: saxophones
Corey Mwamba: vibraphone
Walt Shaw: percussion

This will be the first performance by these three musicians in trio configuration, although for the last few years they have all worked together in various related ensembles.

MartinMartin Archer is a composer / improviser who is equally at home on stage or in the studio. His own distinctive saxophone playing is rooted in AACM jazz. Through his use of keyboards and electronics, and as a studio producer, he extends this interest into extended song form and leftfield rock music.

He is also co-director of the uncategorisably avant choir Juxtavoices.

“Archer’s aesthetic is an intriguing and transformative one—whatever enters his world comes out changed, if not utterly, then beautifully.” – DUNCAN HEINING

His principle music work is the Discus Music label, the imprint for his various releases, notably by the groups described below.

His current jazz based projects include Engine Room Favourites (current a 4 drummer, 14 piece big band), Story Tellers (6 piece group including shaman instruments alongside the conventional instruments), plus various ad hoc smaller groups. All of these are strongly aligned with AACM tradition and teaching.

“A fantastic listen: complex, deep, yet elemental.” – FRANCOIS COUTURE

“Every project Archer touches is immediately plugged into a subterranean lava flow of great British avant practice.” – STEVE HANSON

An eclectic combination of sources and highly individual applications makes Archer a unique inhabitant of the school of English maverick composer / improvisers.

CoreyBorn and based in Derby, Corey Mwamba‘s commitment to jazz and improvised music in Britain and Ireland drives all aspects of his work, whether through composition, playing, or promoting new music.

Corey predominantly plays vibraphone; he also plays dulcimer and uses audio processing software. He is recognised as a highly creative improviser and composer working across a wide range of jazz and contemporary music. Mwamba’s distinctive approach and tone is instantly recognisable in any context: a potent blend of pure sound, highly melodic phrases and ethereal textures; barely whispered chords and ear-piercing robotic screams. Corey won a PRSF/Jerwood Foundation Take Five artist development award in 2007; was short-listed for the Innovation category in the BBC Jazz Awards in 2008; and was nominated for “Rising Star on Vibraphone” in the 62nd, 63rd, and 64th DownBeat Annual Critics’ Polls.

Walt-and-MartinWalt Shaw is a percussionist. Initially he played kit, starting in the sixties in rock and jazz, but over the years this widened into the use of home-made instruments, often made from scrap, amplified objects and low-tech electronics. An interest in playing gongs has always been there. These are bought and home-made, again from found objects. The emphasis is usually on experimentation and improvisation, always searching for new sounds, techniques, and collaborative scenarios to extend his practice.

West Hill Blast Quartet

Ron Caines: saxes
Gus Garside: double bass
Andy Pyne: drums
Dan Spicer: reeds/trumpet/percussion

Ron Caines was, in the late 1960s, a founder member of pioneering UK Prog-psych group East of Eden, and has been a key member of improvising collectives in both Bristol and Brighton. Gus Garside has been active as a musician since the 1970s. He is a mainstay of Safehouse, and is a member of the long-running string trio, Arc, with Sylvia Hallett and Danny Kingshill and of the electro-acoustic duo, Static Memories. Andy Pyne has played drums in a wide variety of contexts, including a duo with Thurston Moore, freak-Improv with The Black Neck Band Of The Common Loon, No-Wave with Medicine and Duty, and punk poetry with Map 71. Dan Spicer is a member of the chaotic improvising sextet, Bolide, one third of the trio In Threads, and a performer of solo spoken word, poetry and improvisation.

West Hill Blast Quartet is where these four individuals come together to make improvised statements informed by a shared love of free jazz and influenced by the spirits of masters such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler.They have released two CDs on Foolproof Projects, ‘Blast #1’ and ‘Blast #2.’

Sloth Racket + OC/DC

£6 / £5 members and unwaged

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/406404

Sloth Racket

Cath Roberts: baritone saxophone, compositions
Sam Andreae: tenor saxophone
Anton Hunter: guitar
Seth Bennett: bass
Johnny Hunter: drums

Sloth Racket is a quintet of UK improvisers led by baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts, with Anton Hunter (Beck Hunters, Article XI) on guitar, Sam Andreae (Trio Riot, Silence Blossoms) on tenor saxophone, Seth Bennett (Metamorphic, En Bas Quartet) on bass and Johnny Hunter (Spirit Farm, Nat Birchall) on drums. The group play Cath’s compositions, combining written fragments with graphic notation to explore the balance between freedom and structure. The results range across musical territories from fiery free jazz, to minimal improv textures, to deep grooves.

 

‘Consider this an important contribution to the debate about spontaneity versus form.’
– Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise ****

‘The Sloth Racket sound is broadly comparable to that of Tim Berne’s Bloodcount, the mid ’90s New York quintet with the same instrumentation, or the earthier, brawnier sound of Chicago as filtered through Peter Brötzmann’s Tentet.’
– Tim Owen, Dalston Sound

‘an agreeably spicy goulash of free improvisation, grumpy riffs and bluesy themes’
– Stewart Smith, The Quietus

‘nobody in their right mind is going to call this row slothful’
– Spencer Grady, Record Collector

OC/DC

Andrew Clare: electric guitar
Thomas House: electric guitar
Dave Campbell: drums

Wildcard Quartet

Vid Drašler / Tom Jackson / Daniel Thompson

£6 / £5 members and unwaged

Note: this show is at The Rose Hill

Vid Drašler, Tom Jackson and Daniel Thompson met for the first time in the spring of 2016 as part of the CRAM Records residency at FriForma in Ljubljana, Slovenia. During the residency the trio had the fortune to play and record as a trio in Vrhnika, Slovenia and immediately vowed to collaborate again.

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Vid Drašler / Tom Jackson

Jost Drašler / Vid Drašler / Daniel Thompson

Plus

A one-off quartet of:
Gardyloo SPeW: sax
James Parsons: drums
Gus Garside: double bass
Al Strachan: cornet / electronics

Plus

The Wildcard Quartet

The Spirit Farm

£6 / £5 members and unwaged

Christophe de Bezenac: saxophone
Adam Fairhall: piano, keyboard instruments
Anton Hunter: guitar
Johnny Hunter: drums
Dave Kane: double bass
Corey Mwamba: vibes and misc instruments

Tickets on sale now: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/396819

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The Spirit Farm bring quick instincts, an impressive shared understanding and a wealth of idiomatic approaches to the music. The musicians build on the achievements of previous generations of improvisers in fascinating ways; the upside-down use of the bass bow, often heard in free improv, might be used here to beat out a haunting riff like a 21st century diddley bow, or the post-cage piano preparations so common among free pianists might here be applied to a vintage tine piano.

In addition to full-band numbers which can reach stunning climaxes, the group explore smaller combinations, such as duos and trios, ensuring a constantly varied listening experience.

“Devastatingly creative ****” – Jazzwise

“Ecstatic free jazz remains a touchstone on their 2015 debut album, but it’s in the quieter moments that the session is lifted out of the ordinary by a mischievous take on timbre and instrumentation, with gamalan-like toy piano and distorted electric keys circling taut guitar pings and the hollow rattling of saxophone pads” – The Wire

“Hugely Impressive ****” – Jazz Journal

“It’s a set that declares intent, imagination and prowess and as such promises much for the future” – New York City Jazz Record

Plus

Adam Bushell: vibraphone and percussion
Alice Eldridge: cello

An exciting new duo featuring two stella players that will be familiar to Brighton improv fans.

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The Wildcard Quartet

Ma/ti/om Trio + PSANCK

£6 / £5 members and unwaged

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

Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/394200

“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

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PSANCK

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

Plus

The Wildcard Quartet

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

£6 / £5 members and unwaged

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.”

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

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

Tom Wheatley / Paul Keene / Annie Kerr + Kev Moore + Gus Garside

£6 / £5 members and unwaged

Tom Wheatley

Tom Wheatley is a double bass and electric bass player based in, and native to, London. He plays to open the bass – sonically and physically, musically and surgically – as to open suppressed musics. He is actively involved in new music communities of London and elsewhere, playing with Eddie Prévost, John Edwards, CYNTHIA, Mark Sanders, Yoni Silver, Denis D’or, Ute Kanngiesser, Guillaume Viltard and others.

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Paul Keene

Paul Keene is a free-lance musician and researcher working as a pianist, composer, improvisor and multi-media artist. He has worked in various parts of the world in settings including orchestras and choirs, live electronic and acoustic groups, chamber ensembles and solo projects. He has performed with The Platters, Bobby Vinton and Louie Belson.

His work includes collaborations with dancers including Emma Dunn, multimedia artists such as Christopher Janey, film-makers such as Nick Gibbon and spoken-word artists including Lemn Sissay. He has performed on BBC Radio 3 on the Andy Kershaw Show with Rise Kagona of the Bhundu Boys as a member of Culture Clash. He has also appeared with DJ Sniff from STEIM, with the Chemical Poets, free improv group Hakemira and improvised electronica duo Kresch.

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Annie Kerr + Kev Moore + Gus Garside

Double bassist Gus Garside plays in string trio Arc and in Static Memories, and is an instrumental part of the Safehouse team. Violinist Annie Kerr plays in a wide variety of settings and styles and also teaches music. Kev Moore uses electronics to create unusual sonic textures. As a trio they make a kind of improvised music that has echoes of radio plays and other narratives.

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Wildcard Quartet

Bitten By A Monkey + Plum Pyne Thornton Trio

Roland Bates: keyboards
Dylan Bates: violin, saw, mediaeval fiddle, overtone flute, xaphoon
Steve Myers: great bass recorder
Steve Myers and brothers Roland and Dylan Bates have been playing together regularly since the mid ’80s when they were members of a band called Blood, Blood and Blood. They combine mediaeval instruments and electronics to create an eerie and startling soundworld. Their first performance as Bitten By A Monkey took place 16 years ago and the group has since played at some grand venues such as Hampton Court, the British Museum (when they wrote and performed original music for a production of Aristophanes’ Wasps) and Chelsea Physic Garden, as well as The Vortex and The Klinker.

This is probably one of the few times you’ll get to hear someone improvising on a great bass recorder – it’s worth coming down for that alone!

Plum Pyne Thornton Trio

An exciting new trio featuring:

Ingrid Plum: vocals  www.ingridplum.com
Andy Pyne: drums www.foolproofprojects.co.uk
Timothy Thornton: piano www.timothythornton.co.uk

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