Three sets with one each from Hannah Marshall – cello (solo), Stephen Crowe – guitar and Benedict Taylor – viola (duo), Vid Drašler – drums/percussion, Tom Jackson – clarinet and Daniel Thompson – guitar (trio)
Vid Drašler (http://www.sploh.si/viddrasler.html), Tom Jackson (https://www.musictomjackson.com) and
Daniel Thompson (http://www.danielthompsonguitar.com/) met for the first time in the spring of 2016 as part
of the CRAM Records residency at FriForma in Ljubljana, Slovenia. During the residency the trio had the
fortune to play and record as a trio in Vrhnika, Slovenia and immediately vowed to collaborate again.
Attached is a link to a piece from the studio recording by the trio in Vrhnika, Slovenia in 2016. Also attached
is a link to a video of Vid Drašler and Tom Jackson playing as a duo and a link to a video of Vid Drašler, Jost
Drašler and Daniel Thompson playing as a trio, both beautifully filmed during the CRAM Records residency in
Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2016.
Vid Drašler / Tom Jackson / Daniel Thompson
Vid Drašler / Tom Jackson
Jost Drašler / Vid Drašler / Daniel Thompson
For detailed biographies and more info. of each musician please follow the personal website links above.
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.
Benedict Taylor is a London based violist and composer. He is a leading figure within contemporary string performance, improvised music, and composition in the British & European new music world. The core of his work is in performance as a soloist and ensemble musician, new composition for live performance, film, theatre, contemporary dance, art installation & electro-acoustic composition. Within his performance work there is a focus on solo performance and recording as a creative and investigative process.
Notable festival, venue and radio appearances as both performer and composer include; Cafe Oto, The Vortex, The Barbican, Southbank Centre, Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Opera Mass Actions – Aarhus, Ronnie Scott’s, The Pitt Inn – Tokyo, Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte – Montepulciano, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Fete de la Musique Berlin, Manchester International Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Festival, BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, Radio Libertaire/Epsilonia (Paris), Berlin Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe Festival, Vaults Festival, CRAM Festival, FriForma Ljubljana.
Through his work he is involved with several higher education institutions, giving lectures and seminars at the Royal College of Music, City University London and Goldsmiths, University of London amongst others.
He has a longstanding collaboration with Berlin based composer and guitarist Stephen Crowe. Their duo AlexanderTwatz is a performance and recording project, based between London and Berlin, with 3 studio album releases as of 2017.
Stephen Crowe is an English composer of operas and experimental music. He was born in Bolton, but grew up in Nottingham. Crowe studied Fine Art at John Moores University, Liverpool, and Composition at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His music uses standard scores, graphic notation, indeterminacy and controlled improvisation.
His work has been performed internationally in Berlin, Bern, Budapest, Dublin, Geneva, New York, Novi Sad, Zofingen and Zurich. Notable London performances have been at Camden Arts Centre, Courtauld Gallery, Kings Place, The National Portrait Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Riverside Studios, Tate Britain and The Vortex.
His stage work The Francis Bacon Opera won the Hilton Edwards Award in May 2013 after performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, James Joyce Centre and The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.
Since his work is often performed in galleries as well as concert halls, Crowe’s output has been noted by critics in both art and classical music fields, including Exeunt Magazine, This is Tomorrow, What’s On Stage and Opera Magazine. The Independent newspaper described his work as “The future of new opera”.
He is a guitarist, and performs free improvisation on a regular basis in Berlin.
In 2013 he formed ‘StreisBAND’ a hardcore Barbra Streisand covers band, which received warm praise from Henry Rollins.