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Deep Tide Quartet + West Hill Blast Quartet

£6 / £5 members and unwaged

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410426

Deep Tide Quartet

Martin Archer: saxophones and live electronics
Kim Macari: trumpet
Laura Cole: piano
Walt Shaw: percussion and live electronics

Deep Tide Quartet is a new project formed of longterm collaborators Martin Archer and Walt Shaw with trumpeter Kim Macari and pianist Laura Cole. They have recorded a CD and are now planning a tour for the Autumn.

They describe their approach as “open ended jazz playing with no stylistic limits – written scores, graphic scores, improvisation – improvisation which is inclusive of melody and structure – whatever we feel like playing – plenty of space for the music to develop its direction – concentrated and careful listening – ultimately rooted in, and building on the tradition of, pure jazz skill no matter where the music takes us.”

MartinMartin Archer is a composer / improviser who is equally at home on stage or in the studio, and whose distinctive saxophone playing is rooted in AACM jazz.

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

Laura Cole is a pianist and composer, working in the fields of both improvised music and contemporary jazz. Cole leads and writes for her own octet, Metamorphic, and is involved in various different projects and collaborations across the UK music scene.

“Laura Cole has one of the most distinctive compositional voices around.” – Peter Quinn, Jazzwise


photoKim Macari is a musician and composer immersed in the jazz and improvised music scene. Whether as a performer, teacher or a producer, her passion lies in the strength of improvised music as a means of expression and a form of empowerment and freedom.

“Kim is one of the young players who will promote jazz and push it to its limit. Her energy is boundless.” – Duncan Lamont



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.’

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

Ripsaw Catfish

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Cath Roberts: baritone saxophone
Anton Hunter: guitar

This Manchester and London-based duo formed in 2013 to explore improvised and composed music, and whatever lies between those things. They employ a collection of pre-composed elements which can be drawn upon, or not, during the course of an improvisation.

Static Memories

Dan Powell & Gus Garside have been working together on improv project The Static Memories since 2007. Dan Powell (laptop/guitar/sampler/effects) began making sound for installation works in London in the mid 90’s and was involved in live arts group OMSK. Since moving to Brighton in 2000 he has concentrated on experimental and improvised music. He is a member of Brighton based collective The Spirit of Gravity and has performed across the UK. Dan is also a member of free improv duo Nil with Chris Parfitt. Gus Garside (double bass/electronics) has worked in a variety of musical settings – jazz, contemporary music, pop, cabaret, dance, theatre and, most importantly, improvised music where he has performed with many leading players.

They will be joined by Alistair Strachan on cornet and electronics for this performance.

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Wildcard Quartet