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Kodian Trio / Adam Bushell + Alice Eldridge

Andrew Lisle: drums
Dirk Serries: electric guitar
Colin Webster: alto and baritone saxophone

These musicians are far too talented to simply go hell for leather or indulge in macho noise grandstanding. Instead, their noise-making has an intricacy and control while still sounding spontaneous and raw.  Webster tends to avoid the obvious low end raunch of the baritone, using its sheer physicality to lend force to high register squalls and breath effects.  His introduction of the alto sax halfway through the third side is an unexpected delight, as he embarks on a bright, Eastern European tinged solo over some of Lisles’s most energetic and inventive drumming. The long drones and deconstructed funk of the final side bring further evidence of this trio’s resourcefulness and imagination.” The Quietus – UK

London based saxophonist Colin Webster is quickly establishing himself on the European avant garde scene. Working with a broad range of collaborators, Webster is known for working from extreme sonic palettes  – from minimal to maximal, constantly pushing boundaries.  Webster first worked with Serries on the landmark ‘Endless Voids’ performance led by Dead Neanderthals at the 2014 Incubate Festival. Since this initial meeting, the two have worked on different collaborations both live and in the studio, a number of these encounters involving the drummer Andrew Lisle.

Also based in London, Andrew Lisle’s quick and highly textural playing is making him highly in-demand in the fertile improvisation community. In turns both propulsive and abstract, Lisle has worked with a number of key UK-based improvisers including Alex Ward, Daniel Thompson, Seymour Wright, and also plays in Roland Ramanan’s Tentet, and punk-improv band Shatner’s Bassoon.

Dirk Serries – curator of the A New Wave of Jazz label – is hardly your average improvising musician. Even though the man has a fondness for the classic free jazz of the sixties and seventies and the current updates, his own talents lie elsewhere. As a master of texture, a skill which he’s been able to forge and refine for more than 30 years (as vidnaObmana, Fear Falls Burning, Microphonics, with collaborative projects and, more recently, under his own name), he has always been involved in the more abstract, or sound-oriented wing of experimental music. Serries is now less reliant on his trademark effects and loops. A new ‘naked’ language that veers from gentle strumming to scribbling, pointillism and occasional outbursts of disjointed howls. Pulling from his great experience in the worlds of ambient and industrial music, as well as from masters like Derek Bailey, Serries’ approach is improvisation that relies purely on his relationship with his electric guitar, prepared or not.

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

Adam Bushell + Alice Eldridge

Adam Bushell: vibraphone and percussion
Alice Eldridge: cello

An exciting duo featuring two stella players that will be familiar to Brighton improv fans.

Plus The Wildcard Quartet

Grassy Noel & APE

Grassy Noel & APE are a band that create improvised somewhat abstract cinematic sound-scapes with vocalisations.

They are often joined by guest musicians, most recently playing with the internationally renowned saxophonist Trevor Watts and wizard of the keyboards, Veryan Weston.

Their inspiration is often from the cinematic & literary world and are currently working on an album with Lu Edmonds as Sound Sculptor.

Grassy Noel – Vocalisations; has performed on radio shows with a huge array of poets, comedians, politicians & musicians from Mark Thomas to Lol Coxhill, Tony Benn to Jazzman John Clarke.

Big Mike Walter – Saxophones & Flutes has enormous experience playing in several bands and with several improvising musicians. Big Mike has spent many years playing with the Late, Great Saxophonist, Lol Coxhill.

Paul Shearsmith – Trumpet, Pipes, Percussion; Paul is one of the original improvised musicians in England and has spent many years playing and making instruments with the Legendary Echo City.

Keisukei Matsui – Guitar & Amplified Found Sounds. Keisuke Matsui has been in numerous improvised line-ups & bands and is currently playing with one of London’s most surreal bands, Fear Of Fluffing.

Mark Rathmell – Symphonic Sounds on IPad. Mark has spent years playing music in Japan and is also an amazing artist, actor & vocalist. He was part of the famous mash-up band known as the “WhoBoys” and is currently vocalist with Dismembered Sound Booth.


Simon Mclennan And Joshua Simpson

Simon Mclennan And Joshua Simpson – guitar and drums. Working together since 2012 in various guises the duo explore sonic/rhythmic and textural landscapes. Both members of the more structured trio Solid Birds Flying, they come together tonight to perform a fully improvised set.


Wildcard Quartet – tba