The London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO) start a new residency at IKLECTIK
Sunday 5th February 2017 Doors 8.00pm , Music 8.30 pm | Entry £7/£5
Music you’ve never heard of, music you will never hear again!
London Improvisers Orchestra is moving to a new (monthly) abode. The charming IKLECTIK in Lambeth which has fast become an indispensable and popular venue for live music that’s off the beaten track. From February 2017, the London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO) will perform at IKLECTIK every first Sunday of the month. (With one exception! Another venue is arranged for the March date).
After nearly 20 years and 200 concerts in venues all over London, history will meet the future and the present will be celebrated on stage as this large spontaneous music ensemble continues its journey of free and conducted improvisations performed by a 20+ piece orchestra. Here, many of the distinguished and well-established free improvisers of the early days create alongside many up-and-coming young and open-minded talents from a variety of music scenes. To complete the picture and to nurture artistic exchange reaching beyond the city and UK borders, international guest artists and conductors feature in almost all performances.
The London Improvisers Orchestra originated as an extension of the “London Skyscraper” ensemble conducted by the late Butch Morris in 1998. Initiated by Steve Beresford, Ian MacGowan, and Evan Parker, amongst others, the idea was to further explore conducted improvisation. The LIO membership and guest-ship alumni includes almost all the artists who have had weight in the British improvisation scene (see the LIO website for details), plus many stellar guests from further afield. The work of the LIO is documented in several CD album releases and these are available through the website: