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
Andrew Clare: electric guitar
Thomas House: electric guitar
Dave Campbell: drums
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.
Vid Drašler / Tom Jackson
Jost Drašler / Vid Drašler / Daniel Thompson
A one-off quartet of:
Gardyloo SPeW: sax
James Parsons: drums
Gus Garside: double bass
Al Strachan: cornet / electronics
The Wildcard Quartet
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
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
Adam Bushell: vibraphone and percussion
Alice Eldridge: cello
An exciting new duo featuring two stella players that will be familiar to Brighton improv fans.
The Wildcard Quartet
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
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
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 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.
Jack 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.
Born 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)
Mandhira 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.
Blanca 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 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.
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.
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.
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:
Loz Speyer – trumpet, flugelhorn
Chris Biscoe – alto sax, alto clarinet
Rachel Musson – tenor sax, sop sax
Olie Brice – double bass
Gary Willcox – drums
Inner Space Music plays jazz with a rare warmth and immediacy, enriched by deep affinities with the likes of Ellington, Mingus, Ornette and beyond… The compositions combine rhythmic changes with subliminal references that synthesize trad, be-bop, straight-ahead and free jazz. The music has a fiercely interactive energy and a deep sense of fun, all the stronger following the band’s recent nationwide tour, and latest recording for release on Leo Records. A unique combination of distinctive individual musicians, not to be missed!
“No one writes music quite like Loz Speyer…” John Fordham, the Guardian
“Serious fun of the first order – highly recommended!” – Mike Butler, Metro
“One of the happiest evenings I’ve heard in jazz for many a long night… Music as rare as this defies description. Go along and see them!” – Karl Dallas, the Morning Star