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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Lisle: drums Dirk Serries: electric guitar Colin Webster: alto and baritone saxophone
Andrew Lisle, Dirk Serries and Colin Webster first played together as members of a quartet with Amsterdam-based saxophone player John Dikeman and recorded a Live at Cafe Oto album that appeared on Webster’s Raw Tonk Records. As a trio they now have a studio album out – it’s called ‘I’, and it’s on 180 gram vinyl on Rotterdam’s tonefloat presents a new wave of jazz label.
Andrew Lisle may be familiar to Safehouse regulars from his visits with Shatner’s Bassoon, who’ve shaken the panels of the Good Companion’s function room on a number of wonderful occasions.
Kodian Trio … blast through five tracks, mashing free improv clicks and clatters with free jazz-inspired hoots and hollers, all wrapped up in a waistcoat of gimlet-eyed punk attitude. – Paul Margree, We Need No Swords
Jamie Sturrock: electric guitar and shakuhachi James Parsons: drums Alistair Strachan: cornet / electronics
Last seen performing in a wind-battered gazebo on Brighton’s East Beach for Burning of the Clocks on the winter solstice, this trio regroup for more tangential explorations.
Roger Turner is best introduced by this quote from Eugene Chadbourne: “a master drummer who plays modern improvised music with the panache of a classic swing drummer”.
Roger has been playing in areas of music related to, but not always part of, jazz since the 1960s and has an astounding set of credits. Here are just a few: Elton Dean, Alan Silva, Annette Peacock, Lol Coxhill, Toshinoro Kondo, Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor. www.roger-turner.com
Chris Biscoe’s career has included work with many leading composers such as George Russell, Mike Westbrook, Hermeto Pascoal, Chris McGregor, collaborations as diverse as those with Alan Barnes and Evan Parker, bebop, freebop, hardbop, fusion, contemporary, improv and some jazz. Currently leading the Profiles Quartet with Tony Kofi, Disorder at the Border with Ben Davis and members of Chaos collective, and several other projects.
James Parsons: drums Verity Spott: cello Daniel Spicer: trumpet, blowy things and percussion
In Threads features members of Paniak, Bolide, Four Manatees, Binnsclagg and West Hill Blast Quartet. They have an album out on Beartown records.