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 18 May 2014
An evening featuring four established duos from the finest in free improvisation
Chris Burn (trumpets) / Matt Hutchinson (piano) duo
Long established partnership making a welcome return after last year’s promotional visit for their CD ‘Untuning the Sky’. Two fine musicians with a wealth of shared experience theirs is a music of intelligence and poise that repays close listening.
Jim Dvorak (trumpet) / Harrison Smith (saxophone) duo
Trumpeter Jim Dvorak started with ‘Brotherhood of Breath’, ‘Joy’, and bands led by Elton Dean, Keith Tippet and Louis Moholo. ‘Dreamtime’ with Nick Evans, was followed by his own groups ‘Dhyana’, ‘Sun Sum’ ‘Bardo State Orchestra’ and ‘ Alakazam’. When ‘District Six’ was formed, it cemented his long standing and unique musical association with Harrison Smith which continues to this day. Harrison Smith has performed and recorded with Chris McGregor, Louis Moholo, Harry Becket, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Prevost, Danny Thompson, the Free Jazz Quartet with Paul Rutherford and Prevost and recently toured with the American pianist Marilyn Crispell. He performs with his own Quartet, the London Improvisers Orchestra, the Dill Katz Quartet and a quartet with Ian Smith. He has had a long and diverse musical association with Jim Dvorak including District Six, Al-aka-zam, Dhyana, as well as numerous improvised music gigs over a 40 year period.
SQ - Paul Pignon (single reeds and electronics) / Thomas Bjelkeborn (electronics) duo
Paul Pignon has been playing and composing music of almost every kind for nearly 60 years and is a pioneer in Electro Acoustic Music, having co – founded the Radio Belgrade Electronic Music Studio in 1968 and, while working for EMS, was the instigator of the EMS Synthi 100. Since his first forays into free improvisation, in 1962 Oxford, improvisation has remained a core part of his work.
Thomas Bjelkeborn is a sound artist, electronic musician and acousmatic composer. Also a curator for the PUSH festival and Club Lamour in Gävle and Stockholm he has performed at many electro-acoustic and electronic music festivals around the world.
We gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The Swedish Arts Council towards this appearance.
Phil Minton (voice) / John Russell (guitar) duo
Phil Minton is deservedly acclaimed around the world for his remarkable use of the voice, an instrument he continues to develop after a lifetime in music spent working with many of the leaders in the field of free improvisation and experimental music. He has worked both here and abroad in a duo with renowned guitarist Russell for a number of years now and they always create an air of eager expectation whenever they appear.
Many thanks to all who came to listen to, and also of course to the musicians who played at, our April concert. A fine time was had by all! May sees us play host to four quite different duos and should really turn out to be one of those evenings 'full of sonic delights'. In June we have the Sound and Music 'Wooda' project coming under the direction of Steve Beresford and a UK French, Canadian guitar trio, More of this later so please watch this space.
A further reminder that Hamish Dunbar (of Cafe Oto) is trying to organise an exhibition of Adam Bohman's work and has asked us to link to his fundraising blog for this excellent project. It can be found here
See a whole bunch of our concerts in the Past Concerts section. Just click on the date to an individual concert. Almost everything has been filmed since 2008! Have fun!!
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