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Sunday 21 September 2014

Emilio Gordoa (vibes) / Roland Ramanan (trumpet) duo

Roland Ramanan, Emilio Gordoa Vibraphonist / percussionist Gordoa is ‘redefining the vibraphone as a source, treating it with preparations and extended techniques’. Based in Berlin, he is busy in many areas of creative music making both as a player and composer. Ramanan is a vital presence on the London improvised music scene. Constantly exploring the boundaries between composition and improvisation as well as the sound possibilities of the trumpet, he has worked with musicians as divers as Peter Brotzmann and Alex Ward and has been an integral part of the London Improvisers Orchestra since its inception. Having worked in Germany this is the duo?s first UK appearance.

The Paulinus trio – Dave Tucker (guitar) / John Rangecroft (tenor sax and clarinet) / Marcio Mattos (bass and electronics)

Dave Tucker, John Rangecroft, Marcio MattosWith a background in a wide variety of musics and a solid root in free improvisation these three players are all highly regarded members of the London scene and it is a real pleasure to have them here for a Mopomoso debut as a trio. Intimate group playing of a high order.

Pat Thomas (piano) / Emi Watanabe (Japanese flutes) duo

Pat Thomas, Emi WatanabeWatanabe was born in Japan where she trained in traditional flutes. Emi plays three different types of traditional flutes – Ryuteki, Nohkan and Shinobue. She has been invited to perform with numerous musicians since she moved to the UK in 1995 these include from traditional settings to maverick performers like Jah Wobble. She is joined by the ever inventive Thomas who studied classical piano from aged 8 and started playing Jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style – embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. A remarkable pairing!

Stefan Keune (tenor sax) / John Russell (electric guitar) duo

John Russell, Stefan KeuneKeune and Russell have been working as a duo for a number of years now having toured here, on the continent and Japan and have two CDs released featuring Russell on acoustic guitar and Keune on alto and sopranino saxophones. For this performance Keune swaps saxophones to play with Russell?s electric guitar for the first time. Visceral sonic delights!

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Sunday 17, Monday 18, Tuesday 19 August 2014

FETE QUAQUA 2014

Since it’s inception in 1982 guitarist John Russell’s Fete Quaqua has brought together different musicians from around the world to share in a programme of free improvisation. Although some of the musicians have never played together before there are always existing collaborative strands to be found within the larger group. It is this development of existing traditions alongside the juxtaposition of previously divergent elements that Russell believes provide a fertile base for the musician’s improvisations. Each night starts and finishes with a short piece from the whole ensemble with different smaller combinations in between. Each night is different and all the musicians will be playing on all three nights.

The Musicians

JJ Duerinckx (saxophone) Belgium, / Alice Eldridge (cello) UK / Carl Ludwig Hubsch (tuba) Germany / Ken Ikeda (electronics) Japan / Adam Linson (bass/electronics) Canada / Edward Lucas (trombone) UK / Rachel Musson (saxophone) UK / John Russell (guitar) UK / Paul G Smyth (piano) Ireland
Ståle Liavik Solberg (drums/percussion) Norway / Alex Ward (clarinet) UK / Ute Wassermann (voice) Germany

JJ Duerinckx (saxophone) Belgium

JJ Duerinckx

Following an initial inspiration from Steve Lacy and meetings with Lol Coxhill and Michel Doneda JJ Duerinckx decided to specialise on using the sopranino saxophone in freely improvised music. He is an instigating member of the concept One Moment Free Improv… a set of events around free improvisation in Brussels and is also a sound artist mainly influenced by Murray Schaffer. He also plays the baritone saxophone in alternative/experimental and free jazz bands. Hear examples of his work on Soundcloud.

Alice Eldridge (cello) UK

Depending upon who is asking, Alice Eldridge is an improvising cellist, producer or researcher in biologically-inspired systems and sound. She has a PhD in cybernetically-inspired software for improvisation from University of Sussex, where she lectures in Generative Creativity. Following a few years performing with her solo cello-laptop AV duo Alice and her Self-Karaoke Machines, she presently favours improvising with humans: as one quarter of PRSF Women Make Music awardees Collectress, as one half of Duot with bass player Seth Bennett and as a vibrant member of Brighton’s Safehouse Collective. She has just returned from an ecological research project exploring soundscape as a proxy for habitat status in the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest. https://www.ecila.org/index.html

Carl Ludwig Hubsch (tuba) Germany

“My playing is focused on music as a structure in time. All focus is on the genesis of the moment. While emphasis and plot are fragmented and given the freedom of a new point of departure, utmost care is given to awareness of musical flow and continuity of the play. ?Through the use of avant-garde and self-invented performance techniques, the tuba acquires completely new characteristics as a brass instrument. An innovative array of unexpected sounds is heard, the instrument is seen from a fresh perspective, and the audience is confronted with a novel way of perceiving time.” www.clhuebsch.de

Ken Ikeda (electronics) Japan

Ken Ikeda is a video artist and composer born in Tokyo (1964). He has exhibited sound art and visual installations around the world and has collaborated with, amongst others, painter Tadanoori Yokoo, artist Mariko Mori and composed and recorded for film maker David Lynch. He featured as part of Sonic Boom, at the Hayward Gallery, London in 2000 and as part of the Royal Academy’s ‘Apocalypse’ exhibition in 2001. https://www.last.fm/music/Ken+Ikeda

Adam Linson (bass/electronics) Canada

Adam Linson is a double bassist, improvisor, and composer, who also designs, develops, and peforms with real-time interactive computer music systems. He performs regularly on the double bass, acoustically and with live electronics, as a soloist and in a wide variety ofensembles. Born in Los Angeles, he has been active on the double bass and with information technology since age 11. He studied music under George Lewis and Bertram Turetzky at the University of California, San
Diego, where he performed jazz, improvised, and twentieth-century orchestral music, and completed a BA in philosophy. From 1999-2009 he was based in Berlin, Germany, where he began working in diverse improvising ensembles in Europe and North America, and also began his sustained involvement with interactive computer music. He has composed music for international contemporary dance productions, and had two residencies at STEIM, Amsterdam. Since 2010 he divides his time between Canada and the UK. www.percent-s.com

Edward Lucas (trombone) UK

I have known the trombone since my school days, but I came to improvisation later in life as a way of getting back into playing after a substantial break. It is now almost exclusively what I do, and I can thank the numerous musicians I have had the opportunity to play with. This has included groupings together with Tom Wheatley, Daniel Thompson, Eddie Prévost, Roland Ramanan, and James O’Sullivan, among many others. I also have a long running duo with Slovakian analogue synthesist Daniel Kordik. Our collaboration together extends to running the Earshots concert series and label, which we have been developing over the past year. https://kordiklucas.wordpress.com/

Rachel Musson (saxophone) UK

Involved with a variety of improvisation- based projects, including a trio with Liam Noble and Mark Sanders. Also a trio with Danish saxophonist Julie Kjaer and cellist Hannah Marshall, and a duo with bassist Olie Brice. She is a member of clarinetist Alex Ward?s new quintet and Eddie Prevost?s Atmospheric Disturbance She has also written for and recorded with her own band, Skein, which released a highly acclaimed album on F-IRE Records at the end of 2010. She was picked by BBC Jazz on Three to perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival last year and has performed with a.o Alcyona Mick, Han Bennink, Liam Noble, Gail Brand, Eddie Prevost, Olie Brice, Federico Ughi, Mary Halvorson, John Russell, Adam Linson, Seb Rochford. https://rachelmusson.com/

John Russell (guitar) UK

John Russell got his first guitar in 1965 while living in Kent and began to play in and around London from 1971 onwards. An early involvement with the emerging free improvisation scene (from 1972) followed, seeing him play in such places as The Little Theatre Club, Ronnie Scott’s, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Musicians’ Co-Op and the London Musicians’ Collective. From 1974 his work extended into teaching, broadcasts (radio and television) and touring in the United Kingdom and, ever extensively, in other countries around the world . He has played with many of the world’s leading improvisers and his work can be heard on over 50 CDs. In 1981, he founded QUAQUA, a large bank of improvisers put together in different combinations for specific projects and, in 1991, he started MOPOMOSO which has become the UK’s longest running concert series featuring mainly improvised music. www.john-russell.co.uk

Paul G Smyth (piano) Ireland

Paul G. Smyth (b.1976) is a musician, artist and designer, based in Dublin. A member of 9-piece band The Jimmy Cake (described by Leagues O’Toole in the Irish Times as “the most powerful musical force in Ireland”), Smyth is also Ireland’s foremost free-improvising pianist. After studying fine-art painting in the National College of Art and Design, Smyth toured with New York free-jazz veteran Charles Gayle, and since then has played with such luminaries as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Keiji Haino, Barry Guy, John Russell and Damo Suzuki, been a featured composer in the National Concert Hall, written music for theatre, and performed in 17 countries. He was a founding member of the artist-run collective The Whispering Gallery, which was set up for the promotion of new music from both Ireland and abroad.

Other activity has included an exhibition of works on paper in Roundstone, Connemara, and the premiere of electroacoustic work, ‘The Dry Land’, at the Sligo New Music Festival 2006 and as a member of synth trio Boys Of Summer (“the sound of John Carpenter being buried alive” – Le Cool Magazine) https://www.paulgsmyth.com/

Ståle Liavik Solberg (drums/percussion) Norway

Drummer and percussionist Ståle Liavik Solberg has established himself as strong voice in the field of improvised music. The duo Motsol and other collaborations with vocalist Stine Janvin Motland are important, but he also works regularly with musicians like Frode Gjerstad, Joe Williamson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Steve Beresford, David Stackenäs, John Russell, Nils Henrik Asheim, Per Zanussi and Martin Küchen to name a few.

He has a masters degree in improvisation from the Norwegian Academy of Music and has a passionate interest in the combination of improvised music in relation to other art forms, which includes being in Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company’s “Trout”. Solberg is one of the driving forces behind the concert series Blow Out! in Oslo, and he curates the festival of the same name together with Paal Nilssen-Love. https://soundcloud.com/stllvkslbrg

Alex Ward (clarinet) UK

Born in 1974, composer, improviser, and performing musician Alex Ward’s primary instruments are clarinet and guitar. His involvement in free improvisation dates back to 1986, when he met the guitarist Derek Bailey. As an improviser, he was initially principally a clarinettist, but since 2000 he has also been active as an improvising guitarist. On both instruments, hIs longest-standing collaborations in this field have been with the drummer Steve Noble. From 1993 to 2001, most of his activity as a composer took place in collaboration with Benjamin Hervé, mainly in the context of the rock band Camp Blackfoot. From 2002-2005, his writing was mostly solitary, and primarily focused on songs. Since 2006, he has been heavily involved in both solo and collaborative composition, predominantly of instrumental music. Much of his writing and performing during this time has been done with Dead Days Beyond Help, a duo with drummer Jem Doulton. He also currently leads a number of bands including Predicate, Forebrace, The Alex Ward Quintet /Sextet and Alex Ward and The Dead Ends. https://sites.google.com/site/alexwardmusician/home

Ute Wassermann (voice) Germany

Ute Wassermann is a composer/performer, improviser and interpreter of contemporary music. She studied at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts with a,o Henning Christiansen, specialising in sound installation / vocal performance, and studied classical singing w. Carol Plantamura (San Diego) and Arnold van Mill (Hamburg). Since 1984 she has developed many multivoiced vocal techniques, catalogued by register, timbre and articulational sequences, which may be deconstructed and/or superimposed and used to explore spatial resonance phenomena. She has also worked extensively with various extensions of the voice including live electronics and the use of gongs and metal coils as vocal resonators. She has given many performances of her own solo work and works regularly with many improvising musicians, in venues ranging from international festivals (Japan, Australia, Hongkong, Buenos Aires) to lofts. https://femmes-savantes.net/en/les-femmes-savantes/ute-wassermann

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Sunday 20 and Monday 21 July 2014

With thanks to the Austrian Cultural Forum we present a two night Anglo Austrian improvised music meeting with Steve Beresford (piano / electronics) / Tanja Feichtmair (sax) / Satoko Fukuda (violin) / Henry Lowther (trumpet) / Maggie Nichols (voice) / Mario Rechtern (sax) / John Russell (guitar) / Roger Turner (drums / percussion) / Mia Zabelka (violin / voice).

Each night will have a different programme of smaller combinations and also feature a large group with everyone playing together.

THE MUSICIANS

Steve Beresford (piano / electronics) UK

Internationally renowned as a free improviser Steve plays with and conducts the London Improvisers Orchestra and has worked with hundreds of improvising musicians, including Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Otomo Yoshihide and John Zorn. He also works with visual artists. being a regualr collaborator with Christian Marclay and has recently toured John Cage’s ‘Indeterminacy’ with comedian Stewart Lee and pianist Tania Chen.

Awarded a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2012, Steve’s music and his teachings have inspired the musical community in the UK for over a decade.

Tanja Feichtmair (sax / bass clarinet) Austria

‘I want that the auditory system learns not only the movement of the melody , but also the movement of the substance of the melody in musical and spiritual space …. So that the sounds and their substance become detached and begin to dance.’
Selected discography:

  • Tanja Feichtmair Solo – Kaman Wasi ( extra plate )
  • Tri -Centric Ensemble in Ulrich mountain Conducted by AnthonyBraxton ( LeoRecords )
  • LULL – The Zipper ( LeoRecords )
  • Omnixus ( composed by Tanja Feichtmair ) Linz Capital of Culture 09
  • Trio Now – Now! ( Leo Records 2013)

Groups and collaborations:
MÜJAZZ, PUDNIK, LULL, Quartet : Tanja Feichtmair / Hugh Livingston / Scott Looney / Damon Smith,TRIO NOW inter alia, cooperation with John Russell, Damon Smith, Gino Robair, Roger Turner, Hannes Löschel , Marco Eneidi , SPIRIT, Francesco Cusa, Weasel Walter, Gerold Mayer, Hannes Wührleitne , Michael Kreuzer, Fredi Proll, Uli Winter, Josef Novotny, Edwin Stöbich, Ali Belhiba, Ben Greenberg, Kjell Nordesen, Steve Adams, Jorrit Deijkstra, Alfred Reiter.

Satoko Fukuda (violin) UK

Satoko began playing violin in Japan at the age of seven, two years later coming to England to study with Catherine Lord. Her debut was at the age of thirteen for the Anglo Japanese Society. She has since performed and recorded on three continents. Invited, on a full scholarship, to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School w. Natasha Boyarskaya and Lucia Ibragimova she made her television debut in Japan as a soloist, was invited to perform at the Wigmore Hall and Royal Opera House with her Quartet and led the Menuhin School Orchestra broadcasting live for Classic FM and the Menuhin Festival, touring in Switzerland and appearing at the Royal Albert and Queen Elizabeth Halls. Satoko graduated from the Royal College of Music having studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky as a Joseph and Jill Karaviotis Scholar gaining awards such as the Ian Stouker Prize and the English Speaking Union Scholarship. Over the last fifteen years she has established herself as an improviser of great skill and imagination playing with, among others Steve Beresford, John Russell, Henry Lowther, Hannah Marshall and Veryan Weston.

Henry Lowther (trumpet) UK

During the sixties Henry was one of the first musicians on the British jazz scene to experiment with totally free improvisation, notably with Lyn Dobson, Jack Bruce and John Hiseman. He played with the original and seminal Mike Westbrook band and also with John Dankworth, including playing on the now legendary Kenny Wheeler album “Windmill Tilter” while also working on the rock scene with Manfred Mann, John Mayall and Keef Hartley, with whom he appeared at the Woodstock festival. His musical breadth is confirmed by his frequent engagements with major symphony orchestras and ensembles, inc. the London Brass Virtuosi, the London Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, the London Sinfonietta and the Matrix Ensemble. Until its demise Henry was for five years the solo flugelhorn player with the Strings of the BBC Radio Orchestra, and as a session musician he has recorded with Simon Rattle, Elton John, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Van Morrison, Henry Mancini, Bing Crosby, Nelson Riddle and Talk Talk amongst many others. He is one of only two or three players in the world to have had the honour of playing lead trumpet with both Gil Evans and George Russell. In the last few years Henry has become increasingly interested in composition and formed his own band “Still Waters” to enable him to pursue this interest further.

Maggie Nicols (voice) UK

Maggie has been an active participant in the European improvisational community since joining the Spontaneous Music Ensemble in the late ’60s. A truly original musician she is rightly seen as the UK’s finest female improvising vocalist. As a co-founder of the Feminist Improvising Group, she has also worked to further women in improvised music, dancing and other creative arts not only by example, but through workshops and extensive collaborations including with pianist Irene Schweizer and bassist Joelle Leandre as the trio Les Diaboliques. She also plays in Trio Blurb with John Russell and Mia Zabelka.

Mario Rechtern (saxophone) Austria

Mario began playing flute/violin aged ten and clarinet/saxophone aged fourteen. 1961 aged nineteen found him in Berlin where two years later he finished highschool (theatre arts). There followed a period of stage design in Persia and studies of its music continuing in Israel, Turkey, Germany, France, Lux. Italy. 1972 began four years in the U.S.A studying African American studies and palying with the Open Rehearsal Black Music Orchestra. A return to Vienna where he worked as a musician in the free jazz scene while continuing in his main job as a stage designer for theater and opera performances in Austria, the Czech Republic and France. In 1981 he founded in Vienna Formation Laboratory for (H) armonical Basics Products and Open / Open Rehearsals and in 1998 the corresponding label L.ABOP – LSG as a forum for improvisational music. Since 1996 he has played in directcomposing orcestra with Reinhard Ziegerhofer and Bill Elgart, worked with Viennese musician Fritz Novotny in Reform Art Unit together with musicians like Sunny Murray, Paul Fields, Sepp Mitterbauer,Leena Conquest and Linda Sharrock. In trio Shine shape with Georg Edlinger and Volker Kagerer he used “recurrent rhythm, outgoing interwoven and interrupted, minimalist melodies, expanding electronically altered with sounds, improvisations, loops and structured forms that are resolved by sound collages and resulting music images. “while he working in film music. In New York City he worked with Blaise Siwula and drummer Weasel Walter, in Boston with the New Language Collaborative to Eric Zinman.

John Russell (guitar) UK

John Russell got his first guitar in 1965 while living in Kent and began to play in and around London from 1971 onwards. An early involvement with the emerging free improvisation scene (from 1972) followed, seeing him play in such places as The Little Theatre Club, Ronnie Scott’s, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Musicians’ Co-Op and the London Musicians’ Collective. From 1974 his work extended into teaching, broadcasts (radio and television) and touring in the United Kingdom and, ever extensively, in other countries around the world . He has played with many of the world’s leading improvisers and his work can be heard on over 50 CDs. In 1981, he founded QUAQUA, a large bank of improvisers put together in different combinations for specific projects and, in 1991, he started MOPOMOSO which has become the UK’s longest running concert series featuring mainly improvised music.

Roger Turner (drums / percussion) UK

Grew up amongst the Canterbury musical life of the 1960’s with a strong jazz foundation and since 1974 work has been concentrated on exploring a more personal percussion language through the processes of improvisation. Solo work, collaborations with experimental rock musics and open-form song, extensive work with dance, film and visual art, involvements in numerous jazz-based ensembles & workshop residencies have formed part of that development. Mostly, however, the pleasures and discoveries have been in music-making with many of the finest European and international musicians in numerous recordings, ad-hoc and group improvising collaborations including Alan Silva, Cecil Taylor, Henry Grimes, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Keith Rowe, Toshinori Kondo, Irene Schweitzer and Joelle Leandre. Working currently in konk pack (with Tim Hodgkinson & Thomas Lehn), duo w/ Annette Peacock, the Josef Nadj dance project, the Phil Minton quartet, trio with Michel Doneda and John Russell, duos with John Russell and Phil Minton. Tours and concerts have been throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, USA, Mexico, China and Japan, and have included such remote places as the arctic.

Mia Zabelka (Violin / Voice) Austria

“I do not understand crossover as a constructed emergence of different musical styles. Various musical genres that interest me, from classical music, to free improvised and electronic music, punk, jazz to heavy metal are filtered by me, through my body. From this concentrate I can then create a new language, my very own specific way of expression. This approach enables me to communicate with musicians from a variety of musical contexts and to find a common language. In my solo work I take different avenues by performing on both acoustic and electric violins plus electronic devices, to create two distinct musical languages or sound worlds. Based on the improvisational technique I have developed – ‘automatic playing’ – for me it’s always about sounding out the limits of possibility when playing the violin, and transferring this approach to voice improvisation.”

Mia Zabelka, sound artist, violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with Czech, Jewish and French family background, lives in the Austrian region of southern Styria.

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Sunday 15 June 2014

Presenting an intriguing  ‘concert in two halves’ with the first half from the Portfolio Improvisers group and the second featuring three fine guitar players from the UK, France and Canada.

Part One – Portfolio Improvisers:

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Seth Bennett (bass) / Shaun Blezard (electronics) / Anton Hunter (guitar) / Rachel Musson (saxophone) / Shelly Knotts (electronics) / Julie Kjaer (saxophone / flute) led by Steve Beresford (piano)

We are delighted to be hosting this excellent scheme with many thanks to Sound and Music.

Part Two – Three guitarists:

Arthur Bull (electric) /  Pascal Marzan (classical) / John Russell (archtop)

Portfolio Improvisers

In the words of Sound and Music their Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK?s leading ensembles and presenters of new music. Portfolio enables them to develop their portfolio of compositions and gain vital artistic and practical insight and experience in working with professional ensembles and presenting organisations, and delivering new work to public audiences. We are delighted to host this fine group of improvisers mentored by Steve Beresford.

Seth Bennett (bass)

Begun musical life at Sheffield Cathedral choir as a boy, studying violin, piano and guitar, before concentrating on bass guitar. His twenties saw him touring Europe in various avant garde punk bands and studying Jazz, before taking up the double bass. He now combines study of the bass in improvised music with work as a freelance, including work with folk singer Mary Hampton, Afro/punk Dadaists Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp, the orchestra Sinfonia of Leeds, contemporary jazz with i.d.s.t., and own projects including 7 hertz, Nut Club the Bennett Cole Orchestra.

Shaun Blezard (electronics)

Currently plays solo under the Clutter name and in a variety of improvising bands – from Hugs Bison (iPad duo) to Kipple (6 piece free jazz/improv). He has played all over the UK and toured the US including concerts at Liverpool Sound City, Manchester Jazz Festival, St Petersburg Festival of Noise and Lancaster Jazz Festival. Shaun is also a community musician and digital artist, helping people to explore their communities using improvisation, animation, film, sound art and has worked for companies such as Sound & Music, BBC & The National Trust. Shaunblezard.net

Anton Hunter (guitar)

From Manchester his music ranges from processing canvas sounds with Takahashi?s Shellfish Concern to the ambient and skronky riffs of HAQ as well as playing in The Beats & Pieces Big Band. He can be found playing in a variety of settings with musicians such as a.o Mick Beck, Sam Andreae, Simon Prince, Rodrigo Constanzo, Cath Roberts, Phil Marks, David Birchall, Keith Jafrate. Improvisation is a core activity and in 2007 he formed The Noise Upstairs. Initially a meeting place and jam session for improvisers, it has grown to include events in Manchester and Sheffield, regular workshops on a range of subjects and a small record label. He co- runs Efpi Records, a contemporary jazz record label, who also run regular gigs in Manchester and have links across Scandinavia.

Rachel Musson (saxophone)

Involved with a variety of improvisation- based projects, icluding a trio with Liam Noble and Mark Sanders. Also a trio with Danish saxophonist Julie Kjaer and cellist Hannah Marshall, and a duo with bassist Olie Brice. She is a member of clarinetist Alex Ward?s new quintet and Eddie Prevost?s Atmospheric Disturbance She has also written for and recorded with her own band, Skein, which released a highly acclaimed album on F-IRE Records at the end of 2010. She was picked by BBC Jazz on Three to perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival last year and has performed with a.o Alcyona Mick, Han Bennink, Liam Noble, Gail Brand, Eddie Prevost, Olie Brice, Federico Ughi, Mary Halvorson, John Russell, Adam Linson, Seb Rochford.

Shelly Knotts (electronics)

Completed a Masters degree in Composition in 2012 at University of Birmingham, now studying for a PhD in Live Computer Music at Durham University. A broad musical involvement ranges from electroacoustic tape music to live-coded dance music performing solo and as a member of various collaborations across the UK and Europe. Including a.o. BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) 2007-2011 and sound art collective SOUNDkitchen 2010-2012. Her work has been published on Chordpunch record label, Absence of Wax netlabel and in Leonardo Music Journal. Recent projects include the 2011 PRSF commissioned commissioned project ‘Interleave’ – combining the traditional Jazz Quartet with experimental live-electronics, network music band BiLE (Birmingham Laptop Ensemble) and live coded generative audio-visual performance ‘Valevari’ with Alo Allik. https://soundcloud.com/shelly-knotts

Julie Kjaer (saxophone / flute)

Has toured internationally with Django Bates and his band StoRMChaser, and the Danish big-band “Blood Sweat Drum?n Bass” where she has played with amongst others: Dave Douglas, Arve Henriksen and Palle Mikkelborg. She plays with London Improvisers Orchestra and is a leader and sidewoman of several English and Danish ensembles including a new trio project with bass player John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble and on a project with the Danish-English sextet ?Pierette Ensemble?. “Kjær?s playing reached Braxton-esque levels of surreal linguistic expression. This was a synthesis of dark Scandinavian folk with the Art Ensemble of Chicago.” J. Kassman-Todd, Jazzwise [ Dec 2009] www.juliekjaer.com

Steve Beresford

Steve is internationally renowned as a free improviser on piano and electronics. He plays with and conducts the London Improvisers Orchestra and has worked with hundreds of musicians, including Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Otomo Yoshihide and John Zorn. Photograph Andy Newcombe.

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Three guitarists
Arthur Bull (electric) /  Pascal Marzan (classical) / John Russell (archtop)

Arthur Bull

Arthur has been active on the improvised music scene in Canada since the mid-1970s, when he played with a.o. John Oswald, Michael Snow, Stu Broomer and the CCMC in the early days of the Music Gallery in Toronto. In 1980?s he was a member of the Bill Smith Ensemble, and collaborated with various filmmakers and sound poets, including the Four Horsemen and Bob Cobbing. Since the late 1990?s he has toured and recorded extensively in a duo with fellow guitarist Daniel Heïkalo. He has performed in concert with a.o. Roscoe Mitchell, John Tchicai, Joe McPhee, Roger Turner, Peter Kowald, Paul Rutherford, Fred Anderson, Mike Cooper, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Paul Dutton, Bill Smith, Derek Bailey, Kidd Jordan and John Butcher. He is also a published poet, and an activist in the small-scale fisheries movement. He lives on Digby Neck in Nova Scotia.

Pascal Marzan

Pascal is a classically trained guitarist active in Paris, his home city, both as an improviser and organiser of improvised music events. He should be well known to Mopomoso audiences where he has performed on a number of occasions. As well as his duo with John Russell (CD Translations – Emanem 5019) work with other English improvisers includes with a.o. Steve Beresford, Keith Rowe and the London Improvisers Orchestra. His solo performance at Freedom of the City 2007 was one of the highlights of the festival and was rapturously received by the audience at London’s Red Rose club. He has also recorded in a quartet with Philipp Wachsmann, Teppo Hauta-Aho and Roger Turner. His playing has been influenced by his interest in the folk musics of Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Photograph Helen Petts.

John Russell

John got his first guitar in 1965 while living in Kent and began to play in and around London from 1971 onwards. An early involvement with the emerging free improvisation scene (from 1972) followed, seeing him play in such places as The Little Theatre Club, Ronnie Scott’s, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Musicians’ Co- Op and the London Musicians’ Collective. From 1974 his work extended into teaching, broadcasts (radio and television) and touring in the United Kingdom and, ever extensively, in other countries around the world . He has played with many of the world’s leading improvisers and his work can be heard on over 50 CDs. In 1981, he founded QUAQUA, a large bank of improvisers put together in different combinations for specific projects and, in 1991, he started MOPOMOSO which has become the UK’s longest running concert series featuring mainly improvised music. Photograph Caroline Forbes

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Sunday 18 May 2014

An evening featuring four established duos from the finest in free improvisation

Chris Burn (trumpets) / Matt Hutchinson (piano) duo

Jim Dvorak (trumpet) / Harrison Smith (saxophone) duo

SQ –  Paul Pignon (single reeds and electronics) / Thomas Bjelkeborn (electronics) duo

We gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The Swedish Arts Council towards this appearance.

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Phil Minton (voice) / John Russell (guitar) duo

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Sunday 20 April 2014

Owing to technical problems we have no video or audio recordings of this concert. So in the words of Eric Dolphy, “When you hear music, after it’s over, it’s gone in the air. You can never capture it again.”

Neil Metcalfe (flute) / Daniel Thompson (guitar) duo

Highly musical and non demonstrative duo that gets to the core of what it means to improvise. Close listening and a fine attention to detail coupled with a firm technical grasp make for an intimate and highly charged listening experience.

Viv Corringham (voice) / Lawrence Casserley (electronics) duo

Two Mopomoso favourites come together to explore the full range of the human voice with electronic treatments from the ever inventive Casserley. Nice to see Viv back in the UK and able to make this date. Delightful!

Caroline Kraabel (saxophone) / John Edwards (bass) / Cleveland Watkiss (voice) trio

With an ‘award winning Jazz singer’ and the ‘European free improvising bass player of choice’ this trio, put together by Caroline Kraabel, who is no mean musical slouch herself!,   promises to deliver across a broad spectrum. From small quiet gestures to large demonstrative statements, no stone unturned and with an all encompassing sense of fun.

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Sunday 16 March 2014

Mopomoso presents ‘Debuts’

The groups playing on this concert were all making their Mopopmo debuts.

Utter Chaos – Andrea Caputo (guitar) / Massimo Semprini (sax) duo

Stephen Grew (piano) solo

Nick Malcolm (trumpet) / Hannah Marshall (cello) / Lauren Kinsella (voice) trio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op5gzdxv61c

John Russell (guitar) / Kay Grant (voice) duo

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Sunday 16 February 2014

Trio Rewind – Noel Taylor  (bass /soprano clarinets), Tom Wheatley  (bass), John Garcia  (tiplé) with guest Tommaso  Vespo (piano)

Wire Assembly – Ian Simpson (electric guitar), John Jasnoch (electric guitar),Neil Carver (electric guitar) trio

Alice Eldridge (cello), Satoko Fukuda (violin), John Russell (guitar) trio


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Sunday 19 January 2014

Nicola Guazzaloca (piano) / Hannah Marshall (cello) duo

Dave Tucker (guitar) solo


Urs Leimgruber (sax) / John Russell (guitar) duo



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Sunday 15 December 2013

‘Another good year – bring a cake!’

An annual end of year celebration of all things improvised with a ‘cast of thousands’.

Since its inception some years ago Mopomoso’s end of year improvisorama has become a focal point for musicians to come and play in a series of short sets; to meet old friends and to make new ones. Certainly ‘the best party in town’ where audiences get a chance to experience a wide range of music in a less formal setting than our regular concert series.