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.


Sunday 16 February 2020

‘The Afternoon Sessions’

Presenting some of the finest in free improvisation and now entering our 30th year in an unbroken series of monthly concerts

Sunday 19th January 2020 Doors open 2.00 pm
Admission £8 / £6 concessions
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16 8AZ /

Despite some recent set backs (see John’s statement is below), this month’s MOPOMOSO will be going ahead as usual with an array of great musician.

Dear Friends

The day after I received a letter from the DWP to say I was ineligible for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP), I was asked to visit my GP to see how I was progressing with antibiotic treatment for tonsillitis. The antibiotics were found not to be working so the doctor booked me into hospital for the drugs to be administered intravenously and my condition monitored.

The on-call doctor examined my throat and said that nurses were worried about my SATS (oxygen levels), although this is normal for me with my COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). After examination by a Senior Registrar, I was found to have a variant of throat cancer and there seems to be secondary activity in the lymph glands. I do not have further information so am now at home awaiting a trip to hospital for an MRI scan and a biopsy, so there can be a fuller diagnosis and prognosis.

Luckily, Joanna has been able to come to London to help me with many pressing matters, some concerning the future of MOPOMOSO. I intend to continue with MOPOMOSO and as much musical work as I possibly can. I have so many ideas, so please excuse lack of website updates, etc.

I would like my friends and MOPOMOSO supporters for their advice and consideration. Here are some of the things I would like help with, please:

1. Can anyone recommend a good solicitor who would visit me at home and help me with legacies?
2. Is there someone who could give expert help on setting up a MOPOMOSO trust fund, enabling us to maintain this important platform that our music deserves, particularly in the current political climate?
3. I would also like volunteers to assist the programming and running of the venture and support James, Kostas and myself with maintaining a continuing internet presence.

Peace and love.

John Russell


Sunday 19 January 2020

‘The Afternoon Sessions’

Presenting some of the finest in free improvisation and now entering our 30th year in an unbroken series of monthly concerts

Sunday 19th January 2020 Doors open 2.00 pm
Admission £8 / £6 concessions
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16 8AZ

We are delighted to start this our 30th anniversary year with a programme reflecting the breadth of influences to be found from within the free improvising world.

Caroline Kraabel (sax) / Rowland Sutherland (flute)

Caroline Kraabel came to London from Seattle as a teenager, just too late to realise her punk dreams and instead discovering the saxophone, street performance and busking. There were ideas about freedom in the air. London’s vibrant improvised music scene and its many great musicians gave her opportunities to explore extended techniques (especially the use of voice with the sax) and to spend time thinking about acoustics and the interactions of electricity and music: reproduction, synthesis, and their implications.
She is committed to improvisation as a way of living and working, making music in unexpected ways and places (Taking a Life for a Walk; Going Outside) but also composing and playing written music (Mass Producers and Saxophone Experiments in Space for large groups, and many pieces for smaller groups). For many yearsCaroline has been playing with and conducting the London Improvisers Orchestra.
Rowland Sutherland enjoys an international career in many different fields of music. He regularly performs in new music and classical ensembles, jazz groups, symphony orchestras, various non-Western groups, pop outfits and as a soloist. Many of Rowland’s solo contemporary flute performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, London. He has composed and arranged music for groups, ensembles and for the BBC.

Dave Tucker (guitar) / Hannah Marshall (cello) / Jackie Walduck (vibes)

Dave Tucker began performing in the punk movement of the 70’s in Manchester, his first release recorded in 1978 with Mellotron. In the 80’s he was a member of “The Fall” touring with them and recording “Slates” as well as various John Peel sessions. After moving to London in the mid – 80’s he studied and played with Philipp Wachsmann and with members of the London scene including Dudu Pukwana, Andy Sheppard, Nick Evans, Johnny Dyani & John Stevens.
A member of the Alan Tomlinson Trio since 1992 by this time he was also performing with many leading international musicians, including Keith Tippett, Otomo Yoshide, Charles Hayward, Barre Phillips, Lol Coxhill & Dietmar Diesner. and touring internationally
As a member of Scatter with Pat Thomas, Phil Minton and Roger Turner he appeared at 99 Uncool Festival in Switzerland and recorded sessions for BBC radio. Currently playing relationships include a trio with Louis Moholo & Francine Luce, a duet with John Butcher, his own quartet “School of Velocity” with Evan Parker, John Edwards and Steve Noble and playing guitar and conducting the London Improvisers Orchestra and Winkhaus with performance artist Anna Homler & Adrian Northover.
Hannah Marshall is a cellist who is continuing to extract, invent, and exorcize as many sounds and emotional qualities from her instrument as she can. She has been a regular member of Alexander Hawkins’ Ensembles and has toured in Europe and South America with Luc Ex and Veryan Weston’s ensembles – SOL 6 & 12. She plays with ‘String Terrorists’ – Barrel (a trio with Violinist Alison Blunt & Violist/poet Ivor kallin). And has been invited by Fred Frith and Suichi Chino in their residencies at café Oto. She also plays with Terry Day, Tim Hodgkinson, Roger Turner, Paul May, Kay Grant, and the London Improvisers Orchestra.
Jackie Walduck is a composer and vibraphone player whose work explores the interface between composition and improvisation.  Her PhD Role-Taking in Free Improvisation and Collaborative Composition was completed in 2008 and forms the basis of a lifetime’s professional work and research.  She works, through improvisation, with classical, contemporary and jazz musicians, and collaborates with dancers and film-makers to create new work.  Her film score for The Dress was premiered at Cannes in 2007.  Recent collaborations have been with Kala Ramnath, Amjad Ali Khan and musicians from Shivanova.  She leads the New Music Ensemble Ignite.
Jackie trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has been invited to lead creative workshops for many of the UK’s leading music organisations – London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields.  She established Ignite Ensemble with Wigmore Hall Learning, and leads their residency at the Hall working in a range of informal settings.  Her work for the British Council in Oman (2001-3) helped develop creative music learning in schools, engaging professional Omani musicians to work with children.  She teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and examines their Music in Community course.  She engages musicians of all abilities in improvisation and collaborative composition, and was a Lead Composer on Sound and Music’s Listen Imagine Compose research project. Beyond schools based work, she has special interests in working with homeless adults, and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

John Russell (guitar) / Masaharu Shoji (reeds and woodwind)

Masaharu Shoji (saxophonist): Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1957. He studied under Keizo Inoue from the age of 18. In 1992, he debuted at Russia Jazz Festival. It is characterized by a Japanese -style “interval” and a sound full of emotion. He is a natural improvisation musician although the flow of free jazz is played. He loves nature and is always getting inspiration from it. He has been in an organic farming village for more than 20 years and has been interacting with people through performances. He has been engaged in a wide variety of local and international artists (art, film, drama, Butoh, poetry, natural sounds, etc.) and has been in and around. (from Japanese)
A leading figure in the UK improvised music scene John Russell is internationally respected for his guitar playing and continuing work within the field. He initiated and is responsible for running Mopomoso which, apart from hosting the UK’s longest unbroken concert series of freely improvised music, also organises special events and workshops. In 2016 he co-founded Weekertoft, a label specialising in high quality releases of improvised music, with Dublin based pianist Paul G Smyth.
‘He finds new tones in the same place, new relationships in the same gesture. A second trip across the fingerboard is always a different excursion. The harmonic is a transparent sound: silence and ambient sound pass through it. It accounts for Russell’s unhurried pace and his sense of order, even when he’s playing fast: there’s simply so much going on.’ Stuart Broomer – Point of Departure


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


Sunday 24 November 2019


‘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.


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
#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’.


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
London N16 8AZ
Sunday 15th September Doors open 2.00 pm
Admission £8 / £6 concessions
020 7254 4097

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!


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.