Concerts Current

Sunday 21st August 2pm

Steve Beresford (Solo)

Petra Haller, Charlotte Keeffe and Paul Jolly

Martin Vishnick and Rick Jensen


£12 / £8 concessions

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


Holiday Season with Mopomoso


Hello mopomoso-aphiles! We are delighted to share with you the upcoming mopomoso holiday extravaganza season. Tune in throughout the holiday season for a free celebration of freely improvised music! Keep an eye on this page for all upcoming teasers, news and links to the events.


Scheduled on the usual day for the treasured mopomoso Christmas event, we present a collection of memories from cherished performances over the many years we have all been together.


Join the Mopomoso TV team for some wandering thoughts, sounds and laughter ending with a beautiful film of the man who started it all – John Russell, captured by the wonderful Helen Petts.


Possibly boxing days cheapest event, sit back and relax and listen to some wonderful contributions of the music we all love so much.


An incredible host of free improvising musicians coming to you from all around the globe, freely floating us into a future and a new year full of joy.


We couldn’t just leave you at the end of 2020, so we are back for one last holiday event – with thanks and love for the incredible community you have all created around this new Mopomoso adventure. We are honoured to have shared these passed 8 months with you all, and thank you for helping us make Mopomoso TV!

Don’t forget we are not going away any time soon, and the usual monthly episodes will all be kicking off again on January 17th (2021!) same time (2pm GMT) same place!


Sunday 15 November 2010

Premiere of episode six from Mopomoso TV featuring improvised music from around the world. Come and join us in the chat room


Sunday 18 October 2020

Come and join us in the chatroom for Episode 5 of Mopomoso TV. A celebration of free improvisation from a stunning international cast. Spread the word and tell your friends!

Matthew Hutchinson first part of Foil Play. Grot no Jut Javier Carmona (drums) Marco Serrato (bass) Antonio Luis Guillén (guitar). Viv Corringham solo voice. Emil Gordoa vibraphone solo. Lars Bröndum / Per Gardin sax electronics. Toshimaru Nakamura / suzueri duo 5 minsToshimaru Nakamura(no-input mixing board)  and suzueri (prepared piano and handmade devices) duo session at Ftarri, Tokyo on 19th July. In-these-times IV from the RSH improvisation class (Düsseldorf/Germany) featuring Ekaterina Zhurasvskaya – voice, Yi-Yin Chien – flute, Bo Kyung Kim – clarinet, Yi-Chuan Yang – trumpet, Jia-Hua Feng – trombone, Matthias Balzac – violoncello, Jean Hommel and Dennis Pientak – double bass, Hubertus Dreyer – synths and mixing. Okkyung Lee cello solo filmed by Helen Petts. Thelmo Cristovam (saxophone). Olaf Rupp (guitar)-Rudi Mahal(bass clarinet)-Kasper Tom Christiansen(drums) trio. The moody alien kalimba solo Charlotte Hug A song for voice water and soap. Live at The Vortex Lol Coxhill (saxophone) / John Russell (guitar) / Ute Wassermann (voice) trio.


Sunday 20 September 2020

Episode 4 from Mopomoso TV premiere on YouTube. Another great programme from the world, and around the world, of free improvisation. Do join us in the chat room open at 2.00 pm UK time. We would love to see you!


Sunday 16 August 2020

Join us in the chat room for the next digital broadcast from Mopomoso TV when we go live at 2.00 pm UK time this Sunday August 16th. There is another cracking line up to enjoy while making new friends and meeting up with old ones. It’s a lot of fun…


Sunday 19 July 2020

Live premiere next Sunday July 19th at 2.00pm. Edition Two. Book the date and join us all in the chat room. And tell your friends!

Our new monthly webcast featuring free improvisation in all its many forms.

Christophe Charles Table top guitar (Japan) An edition special.

Charlotte Keeffe solo and quartet (UK) With Shirley Smart (cello) Lauren Kinsella (voice) Emil Karlsen (percussion)

The Iron by Vrank (Germany)

‘Il Barone Rampante’ Karel Doing (film) and Paul Morris (The Gizmo) (UK)

Guitar/Violin duo (made especially for this edition) Pascal Marzan and Sue Ferrar (UK)

Oxford Improvisers Orchestra (UK) Made especially for this edition)

Ntshuks Bonga and Kay Grant (UK) Re-edited from a Mopomoso concert at The Vortex

In These Times (part one) Online improvisation with members of the improvisation course of Hubertus Dreyer (mixing and synthesiser) at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.  Dennis Pientak (Double Bass) improvised based on my “Curtis revisited”, Yunfei Li added her voice, followed by Jean Hommel (double bass), Ekaterina Zhuravskaya (voice), Bo Kyung Kim (clarinet), Yi-Chuang Yang (trumpet) and Yue Ma (voice).  The recordings took place between April 21 and 27 and in Germany, Russia, China, Taiwan and Korea. The full version of part one can be found under…

Hexapod (in memory of Keith Tippett) Hard Edges – Chris Dowding (trumpet & flugelhorn) Dave Amis (trombone) Ben Higham (tuba & flugelhorn) Chris Dowding writes:- ‘Based in Norwich, which I guess is the main thing. Individually, we’ve played with various musicians. I play in the quartet Rude 2.0 with trombonist Annie Whitehead, trombonist Dave Amis played in several of Keith Tippett’s groups, including Centipede, and Ben Higham worked with drummer John Stevens. Actually, the piece I’ve sent has Ben and I on flugelhorns, and Dave on trombone, as you’ll hear. Amongst other activity, Ben and I co-run a jazz night called Camouflage in Norwich, and I also play in Ben’s brass octet The Brass Monkeys, which has recently performed at Pizza Express several times’.

Improvisation Günter Christmann, John Russell, Elke Schipper trio (UK/Germany) Live set from London’s Arch 1 (re-edited for the programme) 



Concerts Digital

Mopomoso Digital – Episode One

First edition of Mopomoso Digital (live premiere 2pm BST Sunday 28th June) featuring:

Link camera by Yui Ting.

Brought to you by the Mopomoso Team.


Update 27 May 2020

We are currently looking at ways to #makeitrealinthedigitalworld and hope to have some form of digital stage up and running  within a few weeks. In the meantime there are still the Youtube videos to enjoy.

Thank you all for your continued support and good wishes. Stay safe, stay strong and keep sane! #bringyourears #musichelps

Here’s the last set before lockdown.


Sunday 15th March 2020

‘The Afternoon Sessions’

Sunday 15th March 2020 Doors open 2.00pm
Admission £8 / £6 concessions
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square, Dalston, London, N16 8AZ /



SOTHIAC are Pat Moonchy (Voice) and Lucky Liguori (Guitar/Gongs) Ft. special guest Paul Jolly (reeds).

Based in London they have toured China, Europe and Japan. Their most recent albums are Sothis (2016) and Erebia Christi (2017) which blend elements of free jazz, landscape, industrial_noise and psychedelic/doom. Over the last twenty years they have played with Faust, Sawada, Angelo Avogadri, Lino Liguori, Angelo Contini, Dirk Dhonau, Lars Nicolaysen.

Adrian Northover (Saxophone), Neil Metcalfe (Flute) and Elisa Ulian (Voice)

Adrian Northoliver, Neil Metacalfe and Elisa Ulian

ADRIAN NORTHOVER is based in London, and plays alto and soprano saxophone, and is also involved in sound production.

He can currently be heard playing on the London club scene with a wide range of musicians, as well as doing solo saxophone performances.

He has made recordings with B Shops for the Poor, The Remote Viewers, Sonicphonics (with BillyBang), The London Improvisers Orchestra, Ensemble Trip-Tik, Anna Homler,John Edwards, The Custodians, and various duo CD’s with Adam Bohman,Tasos Stamou, Daniel Thompson and many others.He has performed at many international festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, SoundSymposium, Victoriaville, Leipzig Jazz Festival, Tallin Festival, Arkangel Jazz, Freedom Of TheCity, Bari Jazz and others.

NEIL METCALFE has been active on London improvising scene since the 70’s.He has played with, amongst many others ;Evan Parker, Roscoe Mitchell, Paul Dunmall, Lol Coxhill and Tony Marsh and was a member of theSpontaneous Music Ensemble, considered by many to be the flagship European Improvising Ensemble.His current output includes Cds with Paul Dunmall, Alison Blunt, Hanna Marshall and the RuncibleQuintet.

ELISA ULIAN has been working for years in the vocal experimentation and research field.A graduate in piano, she was worked as a pianist accompanying singers, as avocalist, a choir master and vocal coach since she was young.In 2007 she began studies at the School of Modern Music in Lugano(Switzerland) attending the course ‘VocalSound’ held by Anna Bacchia, doingfurther research with her in vocal experimental work, new cognitive approachesand bioresonance. In the same year she strated to collaborate with the trio vocalgroup ‘Vocinconsuete’ with whom she made and recorded MILADISE projectinvolving vocal traditions, experimentation and improvisation.

Phil Durrant (Octave Mandola) and Emil Karlsen (Drums)

Phil Durrant and Emil Karlsen

EMIL KARLSEN (b.1998), originally from Norway, is a young drummer/improviser currently based in Leeds, UK. He is active on the UK improvised music scene establishing himself as a new, original voice. In 2019 he released his solo record “Flux” followed by a UK tour. His playing highlights dynamics, timbre and textures, all done with an organic mindset. His work as improviser consists of doing acoustic solo performances, working in ensembles spanning from duos to octets and beyond, exploring graphic scores with an interest in audio visuals using both digital and analogue medias, all done with a focus on creating boundary-pushing music. His mentality of exploring the sonic possibilities of the drum kit is brought into all of his projects forming his unique expression. He is seen across the UK with various large and small ensembles ranging from being a solo performer to percussionist in the London Improvisers Orchestra. Apart from being a busy performer, he also run the label noumenon – a label for improvised music with a Scandinavian presence

PHIL DURRANT is a multi-instrumentalist improviser/composer/sound artist who currently performs solo and group concerts.As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the “group voice approach” style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more “reductionist” approach.Recently, he has been performing solo and duo concerts with Phil Maguire, Bill Thompson, Mark Sanders, Lee Patterson and drone concerts with Mark Wastell, Phi Julian, Rhrodri Davies, Bill Thompson, using an analogue/digital modular synthesizer system. As a mandolinist, he has been performing with guitarist Martin Vishnick and a quartet with Sue Lynch, Hutch Demouilpied and Dave Fowler.Durrant still performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The SEEN.