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Alex Ward & Sibyl Madrigal / Rough Work


Alex Ward & Sibyl Madrigal

Alex Ward is a composer, improviser, and performing musician, working primarily with clarinet and guitar. His involvement in freely improvised music dates back to 1986, when he met the guitarist Derek Bailey. He subsequently took part regularly in Bailey’s Company events, and has gone on to become a major figure in British improvised music.

“Alex Ward [is] a compulsively creative polymath of indiscriminately omnivorous appetite … a reliably unpredictable axe-hero for collaborators of all backgrounds.”
Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times Review

Sibyl Madrigal is an American poet and spoken word artist.  She is also the organiser of Boat-Ting – one of London’s longest running improvisation and experimental music nights.  Her rock band God’s Mama includes Alex on electric guitar and has released 2 CDs to date.  She has also published six books, including the most recent Godless But Gifted (2017).


Rough Work

Rough Work is a new electro-acoustic improv duo of Rachel Cohen and Kev Moore.  Playing together at Safehouse collective, Kev and Rachel found they shared a playfulness and an interest in visual performance as well as sound.  Rachel plays with voice and movement, domestic objects and found texts, Kev with electronics, voice and percussion.

Wildcard Quartet

Ron Caines
Matt Finucane
Clive Craske
Andrew Greaves

Tony Bevan / Paul Obermayer / Dominic Lash / Phillip Marks

Tony Bevan : Soprano, Tenor and Bass Saxophones, flute
Dominic Lash : Double Bass
Phillip Marks : Drums
Paul Obermayer : Electronics

A meeting of the ecstatic jazz of Sunny Murray saxophonist Tony Bevan and the industrial rumble of Furt/Barks Phillip Marks and Paul Obermayer, with Steve Reid bassist Dominic Lash holding the groove in the middle.  “Like a Sonny Rollins Trio in a tumble-dryer, or Maceo Parker with Kononos No. 1.”

Tony Bevan started playing soprano saxophone in the early 1970s, inspired by Captain Beefheart and Terry Riley. Lol Coxhill gave him his first lesson and a sense of the instrument’s potential. Subsequently Bevan has also taken up tenor and bass saxophones. In 1988 he played with Derek Bailey’s Company and issued his first CD on Incus. Bevan now runs his own Foghorn label, which has issued recordings of his work with John Edwards in Sunny Murray’s European trio and performances by Bruise, the quintet Bevan has run with Edwards, Mark Sanders, Orphy Robinson and Ashley Wales.

Dominic Lash is an Bristol based double bassist. Important long-term musical collaborators include Angharad Davies, Bruno Guastalla, Alexander Hawkins, Tim Hill, Steve Noble, Samantha Rebello, Pat Thomas, Philipp Wachsmann and Alex Ward. He has also performed with saxophonists John Butcher and Evan Parker and violinist Tony Conrad.

Phillip Marks and Paul Obermayer have collaborated for nearly twenty years in the electro-acoustic groove band bark!