Centrifuge North

Tuesday 17th of March 2015 7:30pm

Centrifuge brings an exciting collection improvising musicians based in North and Midlands together in Birmingham. The musicians, with a range of different musical practices, will combine in various small groupings to deliver a program of free improvisations in music.

 

Featuring the following and more or less:

 

Andrew Woodhead

Phil Morton

Alexander Cutteridge

Ian Simpson

Martin Archer

Mark Hanslip

Bruce Coates

Walt Shaw

Phil Rowland

Mark Summers

John Jasnoch

Richard Scott

 

Instruments may include - Accidents & Treatments, Bass Clarinet, Electronics, Guitar, Keyboard, percussion, Sax, Trumpets, Voice, Violin

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Engine Room Favourites

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 8:30pm

Martin Archer - sopranino, alto & baritone saxophones

Mick Beck - tenor saxophone, bassoon

Laura Cole - piano

Corey Mwamba - vibraphone

Graham Clark - violin

Seth Bennett - bass

Peter Fairclough - percussion

 

 A rare appearance from this superb band led by sax player and musical explorer Martin Archer.  Comprising some of the most energetic and independently minded creative musicians in the North.  Inspired by the jazz avant garde, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Leo Smith and Anthony Braxton, the music is orchestrated and percussive, with strong links to jazz and blues, and open spaces for improvisation.

 

This is likely to be the band's only Sheffield appearance of 2015, and celbrates the release of second CD Bad Tidings From Slackwater Drag.

 

NB due to reasons of space at the Lescar, this is a slimmed down version of the group, minus three of the four percussionists.  

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Engine Room Favourites At Seven Arts

Thursday 1st of October 2015 : 8:30 pm

 

Martin Archer - sopranino, alto & baritone saxophones

Mick Beck - tenor saxophone, bassoon

Laura Cole - piano

Corey Mwamba - vibraphone

Graham Clark - violin

Seth Bennett - bass

Peter Fairclough - percussion

Johnny Hunter - percussion

Walt Shaw - percussion

Steve Dinsdale - percussion

 

 A rare appearance - only the second of 2015 - from this superb band led by sax player and musical explorer Martin Archer.  Comprising some of the most energetic and independently minded creative musicians in the North.  Inspired by the jazz avant garde, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Leo Smith and Anthony Braxton, the music is orchestrated and percussive, with strong links to jazz and blues, and open spaces for improvisation.

 

This gig celebrates the release of second CD Bad Tidings From Slackwater Drag, which picked up 4 star reviews from Jazzwise and All About Jazz reviewers.

 

 

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Inclusion Principle

Thursday 9th of April 2015 8:30pm

Hervé Perez - laptop, woodwind

Martin Archer - laptop, woodwind, keys

Peter Fairclough - drums and percussion

 

Inclusion Principle operates in a space between electronics, nu-jazz, contemporary electroacoustic music and free improvisation tending towards a minimalist approach.

 

Both Martin and Hervé play a similar set up of laptop and woodwinds and yet have a different approach to their instruments. 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. Now joined by master improvising percussionist Fairclough for thios third album, 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.

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Graham Clark All Stars With Martin Archer

Friday 8th of May 2015 10:00pm

Graham Clark - guitar

Dave Sturt - bass

Robin Dewhurst - keys

Peter Fairclough - drums

 

guest of honour

 

Martin Archer - saxophones 

 

Vituoso violinist Clark leaves his fiddle at home for this gig and proves to be an equally effective guitarist, leading this loose limbed collective through jazz and groove based improvisations in a very welcoming and lively atmosphere.

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Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere

Friday 22nd of May 2015 7:30pm

Martin Archer 

organ, electric piano, electronics, Eb saxophones, clarinets, voice, VST trumpet 

Chris Bywater 

organ, synthesizers & electronics, samples, percussion, voice, electric violin 

Steve Dinsdale 

drums, floor percussion, synthesizer 

Frostlake 

voice, electronics, glockenspiel 

Yvonna Magda 

electric violin, loops & electronics 

Walt Shaw 

percussion, voice, electronics 

Terry Todd 

bass guitar, effects, voice 

Mick Somerset 

concert, alto and bamboo flutes, Bb saxophones

 

 

First concert for Orch U A following the release of second album  Θ2.  

 

Expect krautrock and Terry Riley informed improvisation from the newly expanded live configuration. Part of a larger bill - see flyer - including loads of cool stuff.  

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Juxtavoices At Wirksworth Festival

Saturday 12th of September 2015 : 2pm - 5pm

 

An afternoon long multimedia event by the antichoir with extended sound installation pieces for the 30 voices, electronic music and video works by Bo Meson.  

 

Juxtavoices is a large antichoir which includes many familiar faces from Sheffield’s leftfield music, poetry and visual arts scene. Although the group performs structured scores, no fixed pitches are ever notated, and the group uses improvisation to shape the detail of the scores as the music progresses. Both trained and untrained voices are included. As well as playing normal concerts, the group is to be found in various unexpected public places and at poetry / text events.

 

St Mary's is a remarkable and atmospheric acoustic space. Do come along and dip into this event as part of a  day at the festival -  it's a great and vibrant annual event with a packed programme of art, music and film.

 

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Juxtavoices At Leeds Central Library

Saturday 17th of October 2015 : Late Morning 11.30 a.m.

 

Juxtavoices is well known for its love of library stairwells, having performed in the Sheffield Central Library space a number of times.  We've now forged what we hope will be a long and fruitful relationship with the Leeds library service, and we hope this concert in the stairwell and performance space of this grand old Leeds building will be the first of several such performances.

 

11.30 - Stairwell performance

 

12.30 - Concert

 

Juxtavoices Plus Bennett / Cole Orchestra

Sunday 18th of October 2015 Doors 7:30pm

Juxtavoices, now in its sixth year and with a busy gigging schedule, is a 30 voice new music and performance poetry antichoir under the direction of composer Martin Archer and writer Alan Halsey which has been surprising, delighting, and occasionally alarming audiences since 2010. The repertoire mixes text based scores and instructions with improvised elements, which often allow the choir to determine the shape of the music as it progresses. 

 

We're delighted once again to be doing this as a double bill with the The Bennett-Cole Orchestra, which features some of the most exciting players on the Leeds scene today, and whose music features striking arrangements and melodies alongside the more improvised sections. You're simply not going to see such an ambitious and modern band as a matter of course - this is special! The Bennett-Cole Orchestra are, among others: Seth Bennett, double bass; Heather Cordwell and Yvonna Magda, violins; Nick Williams, v iola; Emma Coleman, cello; Ollie Dover, soprano sax; Richard Ormrod, alto sax/bass clarinet; Helen Baines, tenor sax/bass clarinet; Richard Scott, baritone sax; Chris Burge and Tom I'Anson, trombones; Paul Moore, tuba; Katie Patterson and John Arnesen, drums/percussion; Laura Cole, piano.