Jennifer Allum is a violinist specialising in improvised and new music. Based in London, Allum studied at York and Goldsmith’s universities, and was a long time attendee of Eddie Prevost’s weekly Friday night workshops. She has a few recordings available, all on Matchless Recordings, the most recent of which was a duo with cellist Ute Kanngiesser, which was recorded in the Bell Tower of Hackney. http://www.jenniferallum.info/
David Toop is a musician, author, professor and Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.
He has published five books including Ocean of Sound, Rap Attack and Sinister Resonance. His first album, ‘New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments’, was released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975 and he has collaborated with artists ranging from John Latham, Bob Cobbing, Carlyle Reedy and Ivor Cutler to Rie Nakajima, Evan Parker, Max Eastley and Akio Suzuki.
Since their inception 20 years ago The Remote Viewers have released 14 albums of genre-defying music that melds free-improvisation with song form and suite-like compositions, and they conjure up an overall feeling of listening to a soundtrack to an as yet unmade film.
The group has been a mutable beast over the years, but saxophonists Adrian Northover and David Petts have been present as core members throughout. They are joined in the trio version of the group by John Edwards, whose energy and inventiveness on the double bass never fails to impress.
They have a new CD called The Gods Take a Holiday that is released to coincide with this tour, and will be playing all new compositions on the night.
Peter Pick: saxophone Ade Fettucini: guitar / clarinet Tom Roberts: bass James Parsons: drums
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.”
Adrian Northover: saxophone Marcello Magliocchi: drums Maresuke Okamoto: bass
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.
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.