Steve Beresford + Ken Ikeda / Eun-Jung Kim & Charlie Collins, with Derek Saw.
Thursday 8 Nov doors 8pm – music 830 pm | £8 adv /£10 otd | BUY TICKETS [fees apply]
Photo by Unpredictable Series
Steve has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, playing piano, electronics and other things with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn and Alterations.
He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams for ‘Musics’ and ‘Collusion’ magazines, writes about music in various contexts and was a senior lecturer in music at University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of ‘Unpredictable Series’, which produces shows, recordings and films in the world of experimental music and art.
Steve has often worked with Christian Marclay on various Marclay mixed media pieces. Others he has worked with include The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson and Lore Lixenberg.
Beresford has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, composer and producer, and was was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.
Ken Ikeda is a composer and performer, born in Tokyo. He creates unique electric improvisation by a delicate combination of sign wave. After studying at Berklee College of Music, he has exhibited sound art and visual installations around the world. He has released five solo albums and collaborated albums with David Toop, Eddie Prevost, John Russell, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama,Chihei Hatakeyama and many other improvising musicians; Also he has collaborated with, amongst others, visual artist Mariko Mori, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tadanori Yokoo, Darren Almond; and composed and recorded for film maker David Lynch.
Eun-Jung Kim & Charlie Collins, with Derek Saw
Eun-Jung Kim, Korean born komungo player and improviser, is visiting the UK to continue her long running association with percussionist Charlie Collins, when they will complete a short tour before embarking on fresh studio recordings. While exploring both traditional and contemporary techniques they create an improvised music uniquely informed by both non-Western and Western tradition.
The komungo is one of the traditional long-board zithers of Korea, utilizing both open and fretted strings. It is played with a variety of traditional, Western and extended techniques, and Eun-Jung Kim is one of its finest and most adventurous exponents.
They will perform as a duo, and also a trio with brass specialist Derek Saw, whose incorporation into a live performance in 2017 seemed a natural extension to their unique sound palette.
EUN-JUNG KIM komungo
CHARLIE COLLINS waterphone & percussion
with DEREK SAW trumpets & flugelhorn
Eun-Jung Kim is a leading exponent of the komungo, the traditional Korean fretted long-board zither. She studied traditional music and performance at Korea’s Chonnam National University, ethnomusicology at The University of Sheffield, and komungo under master Mu-Gil Kim. Since then her music has reached out to incorporate other cultures and contemporary techniques, while abiding by the tenets of Korean performance, most notably in her long standing duo with percussionist Charlie Collins. She has worked with numerous other performers, including Steve Beresford, Terry Day, trumpeter Derek Saw, tabla virtuoso John Ball, and oud player John Jasnoch. In July 2017 she collaborated on the London world premier of artist Bongsu Park’s “Internal Library”.
She continues to give solo recitals, while her more experimental music has been released on Linear Obsessional, Classwar Karaoke, and Found Property.
Charlie Collins is a creative percussionist, free polyrhythmic drummer, and sound artist, based in the UK. His work continues to explore the boundaries between pure sound and rhythm, frequently incorporating metal percussion and free improvisation. Early recordings for cult labels Industrial, Fetish, and Doublevision were soon followed by collaborations with many of the pioneers of free improvisation, while his interest in East Asian percussion and rhythm technique is displayed in current work with komungo player Eun-Jung Kim, pianist Yoko Miura, visual artist Bongsu Park, composer Ryoko Akama, and Butoh dancers Tsukasa Kamidate and Mushimaru Fujieda. He is one of a handful of musicians to have played both Derek Bailey’s Company Week and Top Of The Pops.
Derek Saw has worked in free improvisation and at the cutting edges of jazz since his move to Sheffield, UK, in the mid 1970s. He was a member of legendary electric free/jazz group Bass Tone Trap, and in the eighties he co-founded the respected Hornweb quartet, while also organising his own Rhythm Division, which included drummer Paul Hession. More recently he has worked with thereminist Beatrix Ward-Fernandez on her Trio project, and collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists Sonny Simmons, Gino Robair, Linda Sharrock, Anton Mobin, and Yoko Miura.