MOPOMOSO stands for MOdernismPOstMOdernism SO what? and is a name coined in 1991 for the promotion and understanding of freely improvised music in all its manifestations and as a contrast to the then prevailing critical trends. A major part of our work has been promoting live concerts in what has become the longest running unbroken series dedicated to free improvisation in the UK. Our next concert is listed below.
Sunday 16 March 2014
Mopomoso presents ‘Debuts’
In a wide ranging programme all the groups playing tonight are making their Mopopmo debut.
Utter Chaos – Andrea Caputo (guitar) / Massimo Semprini (sax) duo
With a name that belies their articulate music this duo brings together two Italians, one based in London (Caputo), and the other based in Rimini (Semprini), where he runs a weekly improvisation workshop. Caputo is a classically trained player best known here for his small group improvisations. Semprini has worked with a.o Tony Coe, Chris Cutler, Phil Minton, Wolter Wierbos and Thollem McDonas and has written compositions for Musica nel Buio, Ella Guru, Oban Sax 4tet, Symphonic Orchestra of Bologna.
Stephen Grew (piano) solo
He has also performed with a.o Evan Parker, Keith Tippett, Graham Clark, Pat Thomas, Howard Riley and has long standing collaborators in his brother Nicholas, Richard Scott, David Ross and Philip Marks.
Nick Malcolm (trumpet) / Hannah Marshall (cello) / Lauren Kinsella (voice) trio
‘…a supremely gifted musician…a trumpet player for the twenty first century fully conversant with the post-war history of his instrument…wow!’ – BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
“An artist in the complete sense…Kinsella stands in the excitingly undefined space between the airy yet shadowy blues modernism of Abbey Lincoln and the daring flexibility of form of Annette Peacock or Lauren Newton.” Kevin Le Gendre Jazzwise
“a soundscape, both playful and sinister, which underscores the idea of past and present colliding and shattering so that secrets can be unearthed and examined”. Hannah’s music for theatre piece Unexploded Bomb – Lyn Gardner – Guardian
KTHXBYE – Stian Larsen (guitar) / Brage Tomaenen (drums) duo
John Russell (guitar) / Kay Grant (voice) duo
Owing to booking error, KTHXBYE cannot play this date; we hope to be seeing them at Mopomoso in the near future.
Jumping into the breach will be highly regarded vocalist Kay Grant and guitarist John Russell, who have played together in a trio but this will be their first duo appearance.
Thanks to all who came to our February concert. Some excellent music and a good vibe in the room from an appreciative audience. Continuing apace the March concert has four sets and looks like being a 'cracker'.
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