Recording Sessions #6
Concert series focusing on recording projects of free improvisation, free jazz, electro-acoustic improvisation and contemporary compositions. Series curated by Giovanni La Rovere.
Thursday 9 August 7.30pm doors – 8pm music | £10 advance / £12 door BUY TICKETS (fees apply)
Sebastian Lexer – Piano+ http://sebastianlexer.eu
Sebastian Lexer’s musical life is focused on free improvisation and the experimental. The role of technology has become an increasingly integral part in his music, best reflected in his creation of and performances with the Piano+, an electroacoustic extension to the piano. His solo CD Dazwischen and various collaborations with, for example, Steve Noble, Evan Parker, Eddie Prévost, Ute Kanngiesser and Seymour Wright, show the exiting sound-worlds explored ‘in between’ the acoustic piano and the electroacoustic modification thereof.
Sebastian works freelance as a musician, audio engineer and producer, and is the founder of INCALCANDO, developing interactive software for musicians and artists. A regular performance schedule has included concerts and radio broadcasts in Europe, Canada and the US.
John Butcher http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk/
John Butcher’s work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics.
Originally a physicist, he left academia in ’82, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians – Derek Bailey, John Tilbury, John Stevens, The EX, Akio Suzuki, Gerry Hemingway, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, Okkyung Lee, John Edwards, Toshi Nakamura, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, Mark Sanders, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Phil Minton, and Andy Moor – to name a few.
He is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with the uniqueness of place. Resonant Spaces is a collection of site-specific performances collected during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands.
His first solo album, Thirteen Friendly Numbers, includes compositions for multitracked saxophones, whilst later solo CDs focus on live performance, composition, amplification and saxophone-controlled feedback.
HCMF has twice commissioned him to compose for his own large ensembles. Other commissions include for Elision (Australia), the Rova (USA) & Quasar (Canada) Saxophone Quartets, reconstructed Futurist Intonarumori (USA), “Tarab Cuts” (based on pre-WWII Arabic recordings, and shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer’s Award) and “Good Liquor ..” for the London Sinfonietta. In 2011 he received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists.
Recent groupings include The Apophonics with Robair and Edwards, Anemone with Peter Evans, Plume with Tony Buck & Magda Mayas and a trio with Okkyung Lee & Mark Sanders.
Butcher values playing in occasional encounters – ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris’ London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with David Toop, Kevin Drumm, Claudia Binder, Paal Nilssen-Love, Thomas Lehn, Fred Frith, Keiji Haino, Ute Kangeisser, Matthew Shipp and Yuji Takahashi.
Roger Turner https://www.turners-site.com/
Turner has been working as an improvising percussionist since the early 1970’s, collaborating in numerous established and ad hoc configurations.
solo work, work with electro-acoustic ensembles & open–form song, extensive work with dance and visual artists, plus specific jazz-based ensembles have brought collaborations with the most interesting european & international musicians and performers from Annette Peacock to Phil Minton, Cecil Taylor to Masahiko Satoh, Charles Gayle to Lol Coxhill, Derek Bailey to Otomo Yoshihide, Alan Silva to Keith Rowe, Josef Nadj to Min Tanaka, Toshinori Kondo to Axel Dorner, etc. etc.
He has toured and played concerts worldwide from Sydney to the Arctic, Tokyo to Belfast, New York to Beirut.
Ute Kanngiesser http://www.utekanngiesser.com/
Ute Kanngiesser has developed a voice on the cello that is unlike any other. Classically trained as a child, she turned to experimental music while training in physical theatre and dance in Berlin. Since then, the physical and emotional potential of sound have remained a prime influence in her playing, as are a multitude of inspirations drawn from architecture, literature, and social relationships, tensions and contradictions.
Regular collaborators include Seymour Wright, Paul Abbott, Guillaume Viltard, Billy Steiger, Jennifer Allum, Tom Wheatley, Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga, Eddie Prevost, Rie Nakajima and AMM.
“For over 10 years, I have only played unscripted/improvised music. I have experimented with the sound of the cello, limiting myself to the alive material at hand: vast and complicated layers within the instrument and myself; and to let this music evolve continuously in relationship with others. It relates to the process of uncovering an endless multiplicity of coexisting sense perspectives. And it deals with the energy that this gives rise to. For me, it is the most exciting place to play music from.”