Mopomoso Live Concert Series

Run entirely by volunteers, Mopomoso plays host to the UK’s longest running concert series dedicated to free improvisation. Our next concert is listed below. Do come and check the music out. Ideally free improvisation is a music to be enjoyed live. If you can’t make it there are plenty of videos from previous performances in our Past Concerts section. Just click on a date to bring them up. Have fun and thanks for dropping by.

Sunday 16 November 2014

To coincide with the London Jazz Festival we have programmed four sets of excellent music from the freer end of things and are delighted to have an appearance of special guest Yoko Arai who is coming from Japan.

Martin Speake (sax) /  Mark Sanders (drums, percussion) duo

Martin Speake and Mark Sanders

Martin has a personal musical voice expressing a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz with an individuality as an improviser that is intelligent and melodic. Joined by the classy precision and fire of drummer/ percussionist Sanders we can expect a music of rare poise and elegance.

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Richard Scott’s Lightning Ensemble -  Richard Scott (buchla lightning, wigi electronics) / Adam Linson (bass) / Phil Marks (percussion) /  David Birchall (guitar) quartet

Richard Scott

We are delighted to welcome composer and improviser Richard Scott for a Mopomoso debut. Working with analogue modular synthesizers and alternative controllers such as hisown self-designed WiGi infra red controller developed at STEIM, the Buchla Thunder and Buchla Lightning he leads this fine quartet into fresh worlds of sonic adventure.

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Kay Grant (voice) /  Marcio Mattos (cello) duo

Kay Grant and Marcio Mattos

Two remarkable musicians, both well known and respected on the London scene, and making their first Mopomoso  appearance as a duo. Kay Grant’s vocal abilities and invention match perfectly the detailed intensity of Mattos’s cello as they swoop, chatter and cajole the unfolding musical narrative.

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John Russell (guitar) / Phil Wachsmann (violin) + special guest Yoko Arai (piano)

Yoko Arai, Phil Wachsmann and John Russell

Originally booked in as a duo of Russell and Wachsmann when Yoko Araia said she was coming to Europe it made perfect sense to turn the duo into a trio for this special LJF evening. All three players have a highly developed sense of space and appreciation of group dynamics, allowing the music to build in many simultaneous directions. Creating a full sonic palette their combined skills are worn lightly and used in a spirit of musical inquisitiveness and generosity. Share the adventure!

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