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In the Sea: Tristan Honsinger and Nicolas Caloia

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.

http://www.nicolascaloia.net/inthesea.html

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Gus Garside: double bass and electronics
James Parsons: drums / percussion

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Trevor Watts and Mike Gennaro

£6 /£5 members and unwaged

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.

 

Alan Tomlinson and Dave Tucker / Schroeder Smith

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.

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“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.

Schroeder Smith

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.

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Photo: Agata Urbaniak

 

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Pat Thomas / Alison Blunt + Annie Kerr

@ The Verdict, 59 Edward Street, BN2 0JB

Pat Thomas

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

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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.

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Gus Garside: double bass
Kev Moore: electronics
Alistair Strachan: cornet / electonics
Ade Fettucini: guitar / wind instruments

4thirtythree / Meshmass / Home From Home

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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.

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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.

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Mary Revill: voice
Stuart Revill: guitar

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Kodian Trio

£6 / £5 members / unwaged

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.

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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

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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.

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Roger Turner + Chris Biscoe / In Threads

PLEASE NOTE: This show is at The Verdict, 159 Edward St, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0JB – www.verdictjazz.co.uk/

Tickets on sale now: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/354271

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

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chrisbiscoeChris 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.


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In Threads

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.

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Trevor Watts and Stephen Grew / West Hill Blast Quartet

PLEASE NOTE: This show is at The Verdict, 159 Edward St, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0JB – www.verdictjazz.co.uk/

Tickets on sale now: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/350674

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

Stephen Grew is a pianist and electronic keyboard player based in Lancaster UK. He is in several bands, Grutronic, an electronic improvising quartet, Grew quartet, an acoustic 4 piece, and also plays with violinist Graham Clark, drummer Tony Bianco and saxophonist Evan Parker.

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.’

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Adrian Northover and Daniel Thompson, with Gus Garside and James Parsons

PLEASE NOTE: This show is at the Coach House, 22 Walpole Rd, Brighton BN2 0EA

Adrian Northover (saxophones) and Daniel Thompson (acoustic guitar)

A duo combining both close listening and an intense dialogue, Adrian and Daniel are like two weavers working on a single musical carpet. While instrumental expectations are challenged by a constant ‘push and pull’ between the pair they never lose the thread that binds them as patterns emerge and submerge in an ever changing music.

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Collectively they have performed throughout the UK and Europe and have played and recorded with Evan Parker, Steve Noble, Adam Bohman, John Edwards, Billy Bang, The London Improvisers Orchestra, Simon Rose, John Russell, Jean-Michel Von Schouwberg, Lol Coxhill, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Neil Metcalfe, Alex Ward and Pat Thomas, to name but a few.

For this gig they will perform as a duo, and will then be joined by Gus Garside and James Parsons on double bass and drums.

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