Sunday 15 July 2018

As part of its ‘Afternoon Sessions’ Mopomoso presents three contrasting duos of freely improvised music.

Sunday July 15 Doors open 2.00 pm
Admission £8 / £6 concessions

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

Paul Pignon (clarinet, bass clarinet) / Richard Sanderson (amplified melodeon) duo

Based in Sweden, Paul Pignon has been involved with improvised music since the 1960s. He is joined by Linear Obsessional founder and head man Richard Sanderson.

Noel Meek (electronics) / Alan Wilkinson (sax) duo

New Zealander Noel Meek brings his special blend of electronics to bear on the colossal saxophone of Flim Flam boss Alan Wilkinson.

Johnny Lapio (trumpet) / John Russell guitar) duo

Italian trumpeter Johnny Lapio arrives for a debut duo with Mopomoso founder John Russell

Come and sample the delights of a music unlike any other in that the audience share the discovery of the music at the same time as the musicians themselves. A truly direct listening experience!

Paul Pignon has received travel support from  The Swedish Arts Grants Committee


Sunday 17 June 2018

The Afternoon Sesions

a continuing series featuring some of the best from the world of free improvisation

Doors open 2.00 pm                       Admission £8 / £6 concessions

The Vortex  11 Gillett Square London N16 8AZ

tel 020 7254 4097


Bouche Bée – John Eyles (alto saxophone) / Petri Huurinainen (guitar) / Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (voice)

Bouche Bée (the name is a French expression meaning “open-mouthed” or “speechless”) was formed in 2005 by vocalist Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and guitarist Petri Huurinainen. Music-writer and saxophonist John Eyles joined in the Spring of 2017. Three individual voices listening and responding together shape Bouche Bée music.

In the summer of 2015, they met while rehearsing to perform Cornelius Cardew’s The Great Learning at Union Chapel in Islington.  They also attend Eddie Prevost’s  Friday evening improv workshop. 

Emmanuelle is a London-based interdisciplinary artist, writer and performer. She is a Reader in photography and relational practices at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. She is a member of MoWo (Mopomoso Workshop group). In 2017 her double CD Ode (owed) to O was released by edition wandelweiser records.

Petri is a Finnish musician and artist currently living in London. He works with live based sounds, extended-guitar performances, and drawings. His limited edition 12″ vinyl record Exile Nothing came out in 2016 and is available from Rough Trade.

John was a founder member of the Mopomoso Workshop and is a member of MoWo. He is also in the thirteen-strong London Experimental Ensemble which performed Cardew’s Treatise at Iklectik in January 2017, the recording of which was released by Split Rock records in March 2018. 

Dave Tucker (bass) / Matt Hutchinson (piano) / Andrew Lisle (drums) trio

Trio leader Dave Tucker’s first recorded release was in 1978 with Mellatron and in the early 80’s he was a member of “The Fall” touring and recording. He went on to experiment with other musics and, after moving to London in the mid – 80’s he studied & performed with Phil Wachsmann. Since 1992 a member of the Alan Tomlinson trio he has performed with many musicians from around the world and is a valued contributor to The London Improvisers Orchestra and Mopomoso.

A member of The Sidewinders, inc. Marc Charig backing Stevie Wonder’s 2nd British tour to the Mike Osbourne quartet c. 1967/68 Matt ’s earliest excursions into free improvisation also came around this time. The early 70’s was mostly spent composing and playing for Jazz groups in and around London. Meeting  Richard Beswick introduced another side of free improvisation in the forms of Tony Wren, Phil Wachsmann and Bead records. In the early 80’s met John Butcher in one of John Williams’s jazz ensembles. Further collaborations with Phil Wachsmann and also Chris Burn dominated a lot of his activities in the ‘90s,  presenting opportunities to play in Europe and N.America and to work in bands such as King Ubu Orchestra, various permutations of the Chris Burn Ensemble collaborating with the likes of Lol Coxhill, Derek Bailey and Evan Parker,  Also performed with the Mhu Mhu Orchester with Pauls Lytton and Rutherford and Johannes Bauer and was a regular performer at the LMC, the Red Rose Club  and the Klinker club. Towards the end of the decade appeared in the London Contemporary Piano Festival in 1998 alongside Stan Tracy, Michael Finnissey, Mervn Afrika, Rene Reznek.The new millennium saw a continuation with Ensemble as well as work with smaller groups particularly duos with Chris B and Phil W and subsequent albums with both.

Andrew Lisle is a drummer from Northumberland, UK. In 2008 he began studying Jazz at Leeds College of Music discovering a passion and talent for free improvisation. While there he co-founded Shatner’s Bassoon.  To date the band have recorded two studio albums (and have toured the UK extensively. After graduating in 2011 he moved to Lisbon, Portugal where he spent much of his time at Clean Feed Records playing with a.o Rodrigo Pinheiro (Red Trio), Hernani Faustino (Red Trio), Rodrigo Amado and Luis Lopes. Moving to London in 2013 he has played with a.o Colin Webster, John Edwards, John Dikeman, Alex Ward, Dirk Serries, Alan Wilkinson, Matthew Bourne, Rachel Musson and Mark Sanders.

Henry Lowther (trumpet) / John Russell (guitar) duo 

Quite simply one of the best trumpet players in the World today Henry Lowther has played with everyone and everywhere from The Ronnie Scott group to the Woodstock festival. A prolific arranger and gifted composer he also leads his own group Still Waters. His duo with Mopomoso founder Russell is based on a deep understanding built up over a number of years of playing both in a duo and in a trio with violinist Satoko Fukuda. 

Here’s a duo set from two years ago