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
A special extra show! It’s on a Thursday….
Tristan Honsinger: cello
Nicolas Caloia: double bass
Tristan Honsinger is an American who has made his life in Europe and who has worked with most first generation improvising artists. He has played extensively with Derek Bailey and Evan Parker in the UK, Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink in Holland, Peter Brotzman and Peter Kowald in Germany, and Cecil Taylor in the USA. He continues to tour and give workshops with the ICP orchestra. Tristan’s compositions are like a child’s drawing: awkward and touchingly simple, yet full of deeper meaning for those who want to see it.
The duo he forms with Nicolas Caloia is the result of a mixture of musical empathy and creative conflict. Tristan plays with characteristic daring from his reserves of readymade tune fragments and shards of poetry and into the protean unknown that is the foundation for the best group improvising. Nicolas Caloia doesn’t merely follow him there, but provokes him in ways that are, by turns, subtle, assertive, and irreverent.
Gus Garside: double bass and electronics
James Parsons: drums / percussion
The Wildcard Quartet
Since the 1960s Trevor Watts has been at the forefront of many innovations as a saxophone player, percussionist and composer. He is the only founder member of The Spontaneous Music Ensemble still left – other founder members were John Stevens & Paul Rutherford, and later members included Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Evan Parker and Derek Bailey. His Amalgam group began in 1967 with bassist Barry Guy and trombonist Paul Rutherford, and he was a founder member of Barry Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra. He was the instigator behind the Moire Music Group and The Drum Orchestra, which involved musicians from North and South Africa and Latin America. He has played with many great US jazz musicians, including Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Kent Carter, Rashied Ali, Steve Swallow and Bobby Bradford. http://www.trevorwatts.co.uk
Mike Gennaro is a Canadian drummer who has collaborated with several highly regarded musicians including John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, American avant-country guitarist Eugene Chadbourne among others.
At THE VERDICT, 159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB
This show is at The Verdict, 159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB
A welcome return of the hugely entertaining trombone virtuoso with ex-Fall guitarist Dave Tucker.
Alan Tomlinson has been active since the ’80s in the European improvised music scene – he was a long time member of Barry Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra and plays with the London New Wind Ensemble. Recent episodes in his musical odyssey have included playing with a fish and chip van on its round and in a sewer outlet.
“A performer of uncanny precision, with apparently unlimited sound effects played brilliantly” – John Fordham, The Guardian
“He can make the trombone sound like frustrated elephants courting or like the finish at Brands Hatch.” – Melody Maker
“The Danny DeVito of free improvisation” – South Wales Argus
Dave Tucker started performing and recording in the mid-’70s recording with Mellatron and in the early ’80s recording and touring with The Fall.
He studied Improvisation under Phillip Wachsmann while performing with Andy Sheppard, Johnny Dyani, John Stevens, Dudu Pukwana and Bobby Bradford. In 1992 started performing with Alan Tomlinson Trio and Scatter.
Over the years has performed within groups and solo in North and south America, Europe and Russia.
Bettina Schroeder, who is also a member of the Jerico Orchestra, plays electric Ukulele with various preparations and treatments. James Smith moves between spoken word, guitar and extreme mixing of original material via CD deck and effects. They have performed as a duo regularly at the club Scaledown in London’s Fitzrovia, and have also appeared on Resonance FM.
Photo: Agata Urbaniak
The Wildcard Quartet
At THE VERDICT, 159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB
@ The Verdict, 59 Edward Street, BN2 0JB
Pat Thomas studied classical piano from the age of 8 and started playing jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style – embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91), AND (with Bailey and percussionist Steve Noble), The Tony Oxley Quartet, The Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill as well as numerous other collaborations both in the UK and abroad.
“Pat Thomas sits in the front rank of British improvisers.” – James Linbloom, Opprobrium
“Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude.” – The Jazzmann
Alison Blunt + Annie Kerr
Alison Blunt is one of the UK’s leading improvising violinists – when she isn’t performing at an international festival, she’ll be working on a film or dance commission, recording a children’s album and generally eluding pigeonholes.
Violinist Annie Kerr can be heard regularly playing in her duo with Gus Garside, alongside classical recitals and poetry readings.
“Alison Blunt’s playing is unique. Eerie gut-ripping rattles and chokes from hell are interrupted by ringing notes of heavenly hope. I have never heard anything like it” – Jeffery Taylor.
The Wildcard Quartet
Gus Garside: double bass
Kev Moore: electronics
Alistair Strachan: cornet / electonics
Ade Fettucini: guitar / wind instruments
NOTE: THIS SESSION IS AT THE VERDICT, 159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB – see you there!
Stuart Revill: guitar / loops / percussion
Tim Rancelant: sax / spoken word / percussion
Chris Parfitt: piano / sax/ flute / loops / percussion / voice
4thirtythree create instant compositions out of loops, snatches of spoken word and whatever else comes off the tops of their heads. Their debut album Switch was described as “refreshingly free of cliché, proudly non-idiomatic and actually kind of fun” by Daniel Spicer in Jazzwise magazine.
Peter Pick: saxophone
Richard Miles: electronics
Peter Pick and Richard Miles reconvene their longstanding collaboration in a new guise. Peter manipulates pre-recorded loops and plays alto sax and Richard plays various stringed instruments, some of which have had their frets cruelly removed. The combination, a mixture of unpredictable improvisation and selected nuggets from all over the place contrives to combine solidity with surprise.
Home From Home
Mary Revill: voice
Stuart Revill: guitar