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Sunday 15 December 2019

‘A Galaxy of Stars’

Doors open 2.00 pm Admission £8 / £6 concessions

The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

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Sunday 24 November 2019

presenting

‘The Afternoon Sessions’

The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ

telephone;  020 7254 4097 (Mon-Fri 12-6pm)

Doors open 2.00 pm admission £8 / £6 concessions

Olie Brice (bass) / Rachel Musson (sax) duo

John Jasnoch (12 string guitar, mandolin) / Gillian Whitely (violin, accordion, hurdy-gurdy, voice) / Geoff Bright (soprano and bass saxophones, voice) trio

Isidora Edwards (cello) / John Russell (guitar) duo

                   

An afternoon in the company of some amazing improvisors illustrating three very different approaches to small group playing. With backgrounds and influences stretching from Country and Western through Jazz, Contemporary Classical, the Avant Garde and Folk musics, join the musicians in taking your ears on a journey of sonic discovery. There are no safety nets and no guarantees except to say that as the music is freely improvised we know you won”t have heard it before.

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Sunday 20 October 2019

Mopomoso presents
‘The Afternoon Sessions’
The UK’s longest running concert series dedicated to free improvisation
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square
London N16 8AZ
www.vortexjazz.co.uk
#bringyourears #mopomoso

Doors open 2.00 pm Admission £8 -£6 concessions

Lawrence Casserley (electronics) Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (voice) duo

Marillsa Gouvea (voice) Marcio Mattos (cello) / Adrian Northover (sax) Benedict Taylor (viola) quartet

Susanna Ferrar (violin) John Russell (guitar) duo

Continuing to celebrate all things improvised Mopomoso’s October concert chiefly comprises some major players associated with the London scene who are also respected members of the international improvising community. (Belgian vocalist Van Schouwburg has built so many connections here that he can be considered an honorary member of the capital’s creative community)
For newcomers to the music the Mopomoso concerts offer a chance to hear a cross section of what is happening in this vibrant and essential area of music making. A unique feature of free improvisation is that both the musicians and the audience discover the music at the same time. Feeling free to use and order any available sounds and to express their own musicality their music is created for a specific time and place. In the words of the hashtag all you have to do is ‘bring your ears’.

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Sunday 15 September 2019

The Afternoon Sessions
Continuing the UK’s longest running concert series dedicated to the finest in free improvisation
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square
Dalston
London N16 8AZ
Sunday 15th September Doors open 2.00 pm
Admission £8 / £6 concessions

www.vortexjazz.co.uk
020 7254 4097
#bringyourears

Trevor Watts (sax) / Veryan Weston (piano) / Marcio Mattos (bass) / Dave Fowler (drums)

A superb quartet featuring real legends in the development of the music. Highly recommended.

John Russell (guitar) / Pascal Marzan (guitar)

Long standing duo coming from different guitar traditions and styles who share a deep love for all things guitar. Very special stuff!

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Sunday 18 Monday 19 Tuesday 20 August 2019

Fête Quaqua 2019

The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16 8AZ     tel: 020 7254 4097 (Mon-Fri 12-6pm)

Sue Ferrar  violin , Benedict Taylor  viola , Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg  voice, Kay Grant  voice, Roland Ramanan  trumpet,

 Masaharu Shoji sax, Sue Lynch  sax, Alex Ward  clarinet/guitar, Steve Beresford  piano/electronics, Lee Boyd Allatson  drums

Ken Ikeda  electronics, Blanca Regina  electronics, Pascal Marzan  guitars, John Russell  guitars, Harry Gilonis poetry/words

Admission each concert  £8 / £6 concessions Three concert pass  £20/£15 concessions

Doors open Sunday 2.00 pm and 8.00 pm on Monday and Tuesday

‘The basic idea behind all my Quaqua projects is very simple. It is to put groups together that recognise existing creative relationships alongside introducing musicians to each other for the first time. Every year I make a mini festival ‘Fête Quaqua’ based on these principles. Over three days the participants work together in different combinations, every concert being different. Apart from choosing the participants, the various combinations and giving an indication as to how long each piece should last everything else is freely improvised. Uniquely free improvisation offers the opportunity for both musicians and audience to discover the music as it happens and for those who buy a three day pass a chance to experience the natural development that the event is designed to encourage’   John Russell

‘Quaqua’ Latin ‘whithersoever/whatever’… ‘Quaquaversal’ – pointing in all directions.

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Sunday 28 July 2019

Sunday July 28th

The Vortex
11 Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16 8AZ

‘THE AFTERNOON SESSIONS’
a continuing look into the world of free improvisation from the UK’s longest running concert series dedicated to all things free and improvised.

Ian McGowan (trumpet) Hannah Marshall (cello) Marcio Mattos (bass) trio
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John Rangecroft (clarinet) solo
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Phil Minton (voice) John Russell (guitar) duo

Doors open 2.00 pm
Admission £6 / £8 concessions
tel 020 7254 4097

Ian McGowan (trumpet) Hannah Marshall (cello) Marcio Mattos (bass) trio

Three highly respected players generating a collective sensibility built on years of experience. The generosity of spirit and genuine love for sharing the mechanics of music making shine through. Real!

John Rangecroft (clarinet) solo

A rare chance to hear John play solo and also on clarinet, rather than the saxophone Mopomoso regulars will be more familiar with. John’s material, while based in the melodic, offers an intriguing glimpse into a different narrative.

Phil Minton (voice) John Russell (guitar) duo

Not much to say about these two! One Youtube video, recorded at a Mopomoso session at the Vortex went viral on a Thai tourist site with over 370,000 and over 3,500 shares. Vocal chords meet guitar strings in an engaging immediacy we guarantee you won’t have heard before!

 

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Sunday 16 June 2019

Mopomoso presents
‘The Afternoon Sessions’
Sunday June 16th Doors open 2.00 pm
Admission £8 / £6 concessions
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square
London N16 8AZ
tel: 020 7254 4097
www.vortexjazz.co.uk
www.mopomoso.com

Matt Hutchinson (piano), Sue Lynch (sax), Hutch Demouilpied (trumpet) trio
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Emil Karlsen (drums) solo
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Alan Tomlinson (trombone), Dave Tucker (guitar), Phil Marks (drums) trio

Three sets from the world of free improvisation to enlighten and inspire.

Matt Hutchinson (piano), Sue Lynch (sax), Hutch Demouilpied (trumpet) trio

Another chance to catch the longstanding duo of Sue Lynch – sax/flute and Hutch Demouilpied – trumpet , augmented on this occasion by keyboard player Matt Hutchinson on piano. He brings a further dynamic and perhaps a certain ‘wildcard’ element to their excellent and sometimes uncanny musical rapport.

Emil Karlsen (drums) solo

Emil Karlsen’s electro-acoustic solo project is inspired by his philosophy of using the drum kit as a solo instrument. Being born and raised in a small village deep in the Norwegian forest has given him the opportunity to be inspired and respect the raw force of nature, and work organically with the drum kit. A root in the organic and acoustic, but also working with a blend of acoustic and electronics has given him an opportunity to explore textures, rhythm and loops to create a personal world of musical expression. This project is a portrait of many years thinking compositionally and texturally about the art of drumming.

Alan Tomlinson (trombone), Dave Tucker (guitar), Phil Marks (drums) trio

Much loved trio led by trombonist Tomlinson bring a joyful sense of anarchic play and fine musicianship in a return visit to the series. Expect the unexpected when you least expect it. Engaging and fun.

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Sunday 19 May 2019

‘The Afternoon Sessions’
Doors open 2.00 pm
Admission £8 / £6 concessions
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square
London N16 8AZ
tel: 020 7254 4097
www.vortexjazz.co.uk
Caroline Kraabel (sax), Neil Metcalfe (flute) duo
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Lullula – Armorel Weston (voice), Kay Grant (voice), Jim Dvorak (trumpet), Otto Willberg (bass/voice) quartet
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John Russell (guitar) , Alex Ward (clarinet) duo

Caroline Kraabel (sax), Neil Metcalfe (flute) duo

The first pairing of the afternoon sees two major players from the London scene who have that rare ability to mix melodic invention with both playfulness and a deep sense of soul.

Lullula – Armorel Weston (voice), Kay Grant (voice), Jim Dvorak (trumpet), Otto Willberg (bass/voice) quartet

The name is taken from the woodlark Lullula, known for its heavenly song, and this group use free improvisation to create a joyous and delightful sound, never complacent and full of surprises.

John Russell (guitar) , Alex Ward (clarinet) duo

For the last set we have renowned guitarist / improviser John Russell with the ever surprising Alex Ward. They will be deciding on the day what instruments to use so it could be a mix of acoustic and electric guitars with Alex’s clarinet somewhere in there as well. It might be all acoustic or electric. Whatever the instrumentation it will be a lot of fun!

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Sunday 21 April 2019

‘The Afternoon Sessions’

Sunday April 21st Doors open 2.00 pm

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

Admission £8 / £6 concessions

Four world class duos showcasing the diversity and excellence found in free improvisation

Yoni Silver / Joshua Weitzel duo

Mixing music and action, sound and silence two performers who share an interest in the construction of music in real time.

Martin Speake / Alyson Cawley duo

A duo versed in jazz but who also take their music into to the exploration of world rhythms, they here bring these shared experiences to bear on free improvisation.

Steve Beresford / Pascal Marzan duo

A fine pairing of two Mopomoso favourites, they have worked together over a number of years and show a keen understanding of each other’s musicality enabling them to allow each other the opportunity to give full expression to the unfolding music.

Phil Minton / John Russell duo

This duo have been performing for many years and have appeared around the world presenting their dynamic and engaging music on a variety of platforms to much acclaim. A clip of a previous Vortex performance went viral reaching over 370,000 views on Facebook alone. Don’t miss them while you have the chance!

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Sunday 17 March 2019

‘The Afternoon Sessions’
A continuing series presenting 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?T: 020 7254 4097 (Mon-Fri 12-6pm)
www.vortexjazz.co.uk

 

Bertrand Denzler (tenor saxophone) / Phil Durrant (octave mandola) duo

Bertrand Denzler is a Swiss musician active in the fields of contemporary improvised music, new music and free jazz. He is based in France and Switzerland. As a tenor saxophonist, he has toured extensively in Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East and the Far East with regular ensembles, dozens of ad-hoc groups, artists from other disciplines (dance, performance,  theatre, sculpture, poetry, video), as well as solo. He is or was a member of ensembles like Trio Sowari, Hubbub, Denzler-Gerbal-Dörner, The Seen, Onceim, Denzler-Grip-Johansson.
He has composed pieces for new music ensembles and musicians including Ensemble ReRe, CoÔ (Cordes de l’Onceim), Bondi-Denzler-D’Incise, Šalter Ensemble, CCP3, Félicie Bazelaire, Ensemble Hodos, Onceim and Horns, as well as for jazz groups like the Umlaut Big Band. He has also worked as a composer for Swiss filmmaker Christoph Kühn.
As an improviser, performer and/or composer, he has participated in over 70 published recordings, released by labels like Potlatch, Umlaut, Confront, Aussenraum, Remote Resonator, Mikroton, Trestle, DDS, Matchless, Creative Sources, Ambiances Magnétiques, Leo, For4Ears, Label Bleu or Unit.
He has published texts about improvisation and experimental music in collaboration with Jean-Luc Guionnet, as well as with Burkhard Beins and Phil Durrant. He also gives improvisation workshops.
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.

Sylvia and I – Chris Dowding – trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn & electronics / Sylvia Hallett – violin, voice, bicycle wheel, saw & electronics duo

The duo Sylvia & I use overlapping loops and other effects to create a sonic dream-world, both haunting and beautiful, with excursions into the dark side. The music unfurls slowly, drawing the listener into an immersive sea of melodic fragments and dreamy soundscapes.
Over the last three years Sylvia & I have performed at improvised music nights and venues around the UK, such as Hundred Years Gallery, The Klinker, Flimflam, and in Norwich. They launched the album with a performance at Wymondham Music Festival, in South Norfolk, and
are touring Britain in 2019.
Chris Dowding is a moving force on the Norwich experimental music scene, and co-founded the Norfolk and Norwich Sonic Arts Collective. He performs regularly in the bands Natural Causes (recently reviewed by the Wire), Rude 2.0 (with the trombonist Annie Whitehead), and leads the Moonrise Trio. He has toured the UK with these bands, performing at Union Chapel, Dartington, and regularly at The Vortex Jazz Club. In 2010, he performed on flugelhorn for ‘Songs at a Year’s End’ – an Opera North production about the miner’s strike, composed by Hugh Nankivell, with words by Ian McMillan. Since moving back to Norfolk (where he grew up) in 2014, he has explored a wide range of projects, often with brass, including performing with The Brass Monkeys, the “arresting trumpet duo” some things, and was featured at BBC Radio 3’s Exposure event in Norwich with the “immersive textures” of hymn.
Sylvia Hallett is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Her work grew out of the London Musicians Collective, where she played in a trio with Lol Coxhill and Susannah Ferrar, and was a regular contributor on NATO records with British Summer Time Ends. Recently she has collaborated with Evan Parker, David Toop, Anna Homler (The Many Moods of Bread and Shed CD), Clive Bell (The Geographers CD) Mike Adcock (Reduced CD), and regularly plays with the London Improvisers Orchestra. She also performs solo and has released 3 solo CDs on MASH and EMANEM. Site specific commissions include a semi-composed work which she performed for the Livio Felluga Wine Company on a hillside vineyard in Italy.
As a composer she has worked extensively with the choreographers Miranda Tufnell, Jacky Lansley, h2dance, Wonderful Beast Theatre Company, and has composed music for many BBC Radio dramas.

John Russell (guitar) / Roger Turner (drums, percussion) duo

A classic pairing of free improvised music the duo of Russell and Turner really should not be missed. Two musicians of the highest calibre who have played together for many years and have a remarkable empathy, playing an agile, lively music that engages at every twist and turn. A rare chance to hear them live in the UK.