Juxtavoices

Saturday 11th of October 2014 1:00pm / 2:00pm

This is becoming something of an annual tradition!

The mighty anti-choir will be assembling on the three flights of stairs to use the glorious acoustic of the library stairwell for the first Sheffield performance of a new piece, Helvetica, followed straight away by a few more pieces in concert style in the Graves Art Gallery. 

Engine Room Favourites

Sunday 19th of October 2014

Continuing activity by my fantastic new group which includes some rising stars from the UK jazz scene alongside some crusty old mavericks. You decide who is which:

Martin Archer - saxophones and clarinets : Mick Beck - tenor sax and bassoon : Graham Clark - violin : Laura Cole - piano : Corey Mwamba - vibraphone : Seth Bennett - double bass: Pete Fairclough - drums : Johnny Hunter - drums : Walt Shaw - percussion : Steve Dinsdale - percussion

Expect a collage of intricate yet spacious AACM informed JAZZ, based on the group's second CD "Bad Tidings from Slack Water Drag"

This large group concert is made possible through funding from Jazz North's Northern Line scheme.

Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere

Saturday 25th of October 2014 7:30pm

Promoting the release of the band's second CD with a performance by our new expanded line up:

Martin Archer - keys, woodwind / Chris Bywater - keys, laptop

Yvonna Magda - electric violin / Michael Somerset - woodwind

Frostlake - voice / Terry Todd - bass guitar

Steve Dinsdale - drums, synth / Walt Shaw - percussion, electronics

Improvising rock band references Terry Riley, Krautrock, Magma & Sun Ra, and the band's first CD was a worldwide hit and Discus best seller! All this in Sheffield's strangest and most atmospheric venue. 

Inclusion Principle Plus The Static Memories

Tuesday 4th of November 2014 8:00pm

Inclusion Principle is Martin Archer (electronics, saxes), Hervé Perez (electronics, saxes), and Peter Fairclough (percussion). Pitched between minimalist electronics and nu jazz beats, the group's third CD is currently in preparation. A truly original sounding group with very much its own path mapped out.

Making the trek from Brighton we have The Static Memories:

Dan Powell: guitar, small percussion and electronics

Gus Garside: double bass and electronics

Tribal loyalties were to be rent asunder because my favourite act were The Static Memories, who I could easily believe had been playing together since they were embryos. Their set was forever stuttering, building up and breaking apart again, but in a way that somehow sounded part of the plan. (Even though, clearly, there was no plan!) Even in it’s quietest, most fractured-sounding moments it held the room, pulling at our attention like a super-magnet in a room of steel screws. It seemed the very opposite of virtuoso show-off music, where all egos were subsumed and creativity made a force for the common good.” - Gavin Burrows, Lucid Frenzy

Dan Powell & Gus Garside have been working together on improv project The Static Memories since 2007. Dan Powell (laptop/guitar/sampler/effects) began making sound for installation works in London in the mid 90’s and was involved in live arts group OMSK. Since moving to Brighton in 2000 he has concentrated on experimental and improvised music. He is a member of Brighton based collective The Spirit of Gravity and has performed across the UK. Dan is also a member of free improv duo Nil with Chris Parfitt. Gus Garside (double bass/electronics) has worked in a variety of musical settings – jazz, contemporary music, pop, cabaret, dance, theatre and, most importantly, improvised music where he has performed with many leading players. Gus formed arc in 1988 and their third album “the pursuit of happiness” was released on Emanem Records in 2009. He formed In Sand in 2004 and their first album “Whatever” came out mid 2008. Gus is part of the Brighton Safehouse collective. He has collaborated with a wide range of improvising and contemporary music players and dancers and frequently works with laptop musicians and also performs solo. "where he differs from the average jazz bassist is in the range of sonorities he conjures from his instrument" Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD

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Engine Room Favourites

Thursday 27th of November 2014

One last 2014 gig by my fantastic new group which includes some rising stars from the UK jazz scene alongside some crusty old mavericks. You decide who is which:

Martin Archer - saxophones and clarinets : Mick Beck - tenor sax and bassoon : Graham Clark - violin : Laura Cole - piano : Corey Mwamba - vibraphone : Seth Bennett - double bass: Pete Fairclough - drums : Johnny Hunter - drums : Walt Shaw - percussion : Steve Dinsdale - percussion

Expect a collage of intricate yet spacious AACM informed JAZZ, based on the group's second soon to be released CD "Bad Tidings from Slack Water Drag"

This large group concert is made possible through funding from Jazz North's Northern Line scheme.

Meson

Friday 19th of December 2014 8:00

Bo Meson (voice), Wolfgang Seel Voice), Martin Archer (woodwind), Mick Somerset Ward (woodwind),

Peter Rophone (guitar, drums), Andy McAuley (guitar, bass), Kimi Midori Sears (tenor sax, bass).

Meson are a group of improvising musicians under the misguidance of Bo Meson who fails to impose vocalised disorder - we aim to play thoughtful music, with extensive use of dynamics and rely on our own musical intuition and personal empathy to determine the length, style and structure of the piece.

Centrifuge North

Monday 9th of February 2015 8:00pm

Centrifuge brings an exciting collection improvising musicians from around the North together in Manchester. The musicians, with a range of different musical practices, will combine in various small groupings to deliver a program of free improvisations in music. Centrifuge where creative forces meet.

Join us this night to hear the unexpected!

Featuring the following and more or less: Alexander Cutteridge Alexx O'Shea Beatrix Ward-Fernandez Charlie Collins Dave Tompkins Derek Saw Ian Simpson Mark Hanslip Martin Archer Phil Lucking Phil Morton Robert Harrison Shaun Blezard

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Curator Phil Morton

Associates, Ian Simpson, Alexander Cutteridge, Mark Hanslip.

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Centrifuge acknowledges the financial support of no-one, the voluntary support work praxis:centrifuge, F rakture.org legacy and network musicians.

Inclusion Principle & Lost Garden

Friday 20th of February 2015 7:30pm

Lost Garden are a dark ambient (or pick your own genre!) duo performing quasi-improvised instrumental pieces.

They are Andy Peake on keyboards/FX (ex Comsat Angels with whom he released 13 albums, countless singles and toured the world many times) and Nick Robinson (ex Dig Vis Drill, Typhoon Saturday and 20 years of solo looping) on guitar / loops.

Inclusion Principle are Martin Archer - laptop, woodwinds, Hervé Perez - laptop, woodwinds, Peter Fairclough - drums and percussion. This concert celebrates the release of their new CD THIRD OPENING.

Put together, there is a chemistry that inspire and drive their improvisations towards a wide range of soundscapes. the choice of instruments and sounds on their palette allows them to dramatically change their music between beat driven electro, minimal and microtonal improvisation via electroacoustic experimentation and nujazz. There is something for all in their music and, first and foremost, an enjoyment of sound and performance, which carries across and touch their audience, whatever the style they may adopt.

Coastguard All Stars / Mick Beck / Simon H. Fell

Thursday 26th of February 2015 7:30pm

Coastguard All Stars brings together a number of highly individualistic improvisers from the worlds of both purely improvised music and of improvisation-based contemporary scored music. Electronic and acoustic sounds merge together in a sound world which may tend towards a minimalistic approach. Martin Archer, Herve Perez, Philip Thomas, Jez Riley French, Stephen Chase.

The set by Coastguard All Stars will be preceded by duo improvisations by two of the most adventurous and exploratory performers in the UK improvisation scene, bassist Simon H Fell and saxophonist/bassoonist Mick Beck.

Juxtavoices / Beck Hunters

Saturday 14th of March 2015 7:30pm

A triple bill featuring the mighty 30 voice new music and performance poetry antichoir Juxtavoices in the beautiful and atmospheric acoustic of Halton Mill atrium alongside wonderful and exciting free improv from Mick Beck, Johnny Hunter and Anton Hunter, plus a new improv trio of our hosts for the evening Miles Doubleday, Clayton Jackson and Francis Roe.

Please do get along if you live within striking distance of Lancaster area!