Sunday 18 February 2018

‘The Sunday Afternoon Sessions’

Sunday 18 January 2018

Doors open 2.00 pm Admission £8 / £6 concessions

The Vortex
11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
tel 020 7254 4097



CRUSH!!! are Sonic Pleasure, Mark Browne and Ian Smith. The group utilises a vast array of found and home-made sound making devices combined with more traditional instruments. Sonic Pleasure is famed for her unique crafting of sound from bricks and masonry, reducing much of her instrumentation to dust by the end of a concert. Mark Browne plays castrato saxophone, broken glass, percussion, whistles and bones. Ian Smith will play trumpet in an extraordinary manner.



LINEA 4 are Bruce Coates (sax) Ian Simpson (guitar) Mark Hanslip (sax) and John Jasnoch (guitar) This sax and guitar double-duo quartet, some of whom are well known to regular Mopomoso visitors, have played a number of concerts in Birmingham and Manchester and we are delighted to have them visit us again as part of a small tour.

narrative three


NARRATIVE is the working title for the start of a new initiative from John Russell (electric guitar) with Alice Eldridge (feedback cello) and Beibei Wang (drums) Starting with this trio concert the aim is to see where the narrative takes us. With a firm base in the electric end of things and in the hands of three great innovatory players this could just be the set to blow away any remaining winter blues.

Now in its 28th year Mopomoso has, amongst a number of other projects, presented an unbroken monthly series of concerts focusing solely on freely improvised music making it the longest running such series in the UK. Founded by guitarist John Russell it is run entirely by volunteers.
The word Mopomoso was coined from the phrase MOdernism – POstMOdernism – SOwhat?


Sunday 21 January 2018

Sunday January 21st 2018       Doors open 2.00 pm
‘The Afternoon Sessions’
a continuing programme of monthly concerts dedicated to free improvisation

The Vortex
11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
telephone 020 7254 4097

Admission £8 / £6 concessions

Jim Dvorak / Harrison Smith duo

Harrison Smith and Jim Dvorak

A long established and highly respected partnership, Harrison Smith’s first public outings were with the Herrington Colliery band in Durham, leading to later experiences in dance bands and soul/rock groups around the North East of England, whereas Jim Dvorak (great nephew of the composer Antonin) hails from Brooklyn, where he took private tuition, before graduating from the prestigious Eastman school of music. From such different beginnings, and following a shared interest in improvising, the two musicians ended up in London in the late sixties / early seventies as collaborators in some of the leading groups of the time. The strength of their shared musical bond over such a time means that they can play with a closeness and understanding that is only to be found amongst old friends. A great opportunity to experience two excellent musicians enjoying the fun of making music together.

Joshua Weitzel / Beibei Wang duo

Joshua Weitzel and Beibei Wang

Guitarist and shamisen player Joshua Weitzel is from Kassel, Germany and works mostly in the field of free improvisation, experimental composition and contemporary Jazz. His focus is on the use of different materials and dynamics while contrasting and juxtaposing musical parameters. He has played in Europe and Asia with a wide range of contrasting artists including: Akiyama Tetuzi, Christian Wolff, Toshimaru Nakamura, Matthias Schubert, Eddie Prévost, Hayashi Eiichi, Alfred 23 Harth, Haco and Nicola Hein. For this concert he is joined by Beibei Wang an acclaimed virtuoso percussionist who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the classical music world. Following double Master Degrees from the Central Conservatory of Music (China) and the Royal Academy of Music (UK) in 2014 she was listed in the top 50 Chinese musicians in the “Sound of East” project by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. In 2015, endorsed as an Exceptional Talent by the Arts Council, England and following a successful recital at SOAS, University of London she started teaching traditional Chinese percussion there. She was recently featured on the cover of Music Life magazine in China in 2017.

Steve Beresford / John Russell duo

Steve Beresford and John Russell

‘Teatime’ an Incus LP released in 1975 was, in retrospect, a very influential recording in the world of free improvisation, giving rise to some aspects of Derek Bailey’s Company projects whilst also providing a spur for Davey Williams and LaDonna Smith’s Trans Museq in Alabama and Eugene Chadbourne who said, ‘When I heard that record I thought, ‘If those guys can get away with it then so can I.’ Since then two of the musicians from that record Steve Beresford and John Russell have not only continued to maintain and develop their playing within the free improvisation world but have continued to work together in a number of projects; the most recent being a quartet – ‘Will it Float?’ (with drummer/percussionist Stale Liavik Solberg and bassist John Edwards). Their eponymous first vinyl LP being followed by a CD ‘The Sorter’ in 2017. Both ‘Teatime’ and ‘The Sorter’ will be for sale at the event. The continuing musical dialogue from these two musicians will be happening on the day. Don’t miss it!


Mopomoso is now in its 28th year and is run solely on a voluntary basis. The name stands for MOdernism POst MOdernism SO what? and its aims are to promote and nurture understanding of freely improvised music making in all its forms and on an international, national, regional and local basis through concerts and workshops involving both established and emerging players and listeners.