An evening of experimental electro-acoustic improvised music.
Steve Beresford/ Steph Horak / Gino Robair + Trio Sowari + Tender Buttons
Sunday 26th November – Doors 7pm / Music 7.30pm | BUY TICKETS £8 adv / £10 door
The evening will consist of three sets:
Set 1: Beresford/Horak/Robair
Set 2: Trio Sowari
Set 3: Tender Buttons
Tender Buttons are:
Tania Chen (piano/electronics) Tom Djll and Gino Robair (electronics)
Trio Sowari are:
Phil Durrant (modular synth/objects), Bertrand Denzler (tenor saxophone), Burkhard Beins (percussion/objects)
Steve Beresford (piano/electronics) Steph Horak and Gino Robair (electronics)
Since 2004, Trio Sowari has played dozens of concerts in France, England, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany, taking part in several festivals like the LMC Festival (London), Météo (Mulhouse), Ear We Are (Biel), Crak (Paris), Bruisme (Poitiers), Frakture (Liverpool), Musiques Innovatrices (Saint-Etienne), GRIM (Marseille), NPAI (Parthenay), Rebonds (Albi), Total Meeting (Tours) a.m.o
In July 2016, Trio Sowari has recorded a new CD, which will be published by Mikroton Recordings in 2018.
New CD – Mikroton Recordings (in preparation)
“Shortcut” – Potlatch (2008)
“Three Dances” – Potlatch (2005)
Born near London in 1957, Phil Durrant is an improviser/composer/sound artist who has devised his own virtual performance instruments using Reaktor. Recently, he has been performing solo, duo (with Phil Maguire) also with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The Seen using an analogue/digital modular synthesizer system.
As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the “group voice approach” style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more “reductionist” approach.
Durrant’s exploration in the use of live electronics to expand the timbre of the violin, evolved into the creation and building of self-made virtual instruments. His live sampling/treatments duo with John Butcher and his work MIMEO, saw Durrant move from the use of hardware to the use of software in live situations. He has always been keen to transfer the flexibility of playing an acoustic instrument, into his laptop performances.
Saxophonist, improviser and composer Bertrand Denzler has played and recorded in Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East and the Far East with regular ensembles, ad-hoc groups, artists from other disciplines (dance, sculpture, video, poetry, performance, theatre) as well as solo.
He is currently a member of groups and ensembles such as TRIO SOWARI, DENZLER-GERBALDÖRNER, DENZLER-GRIP-JOHANSSON, HUBBUB, HORNS, ZOOR and ONCEIM. He has published around 50 recordings on labels such as POTLATCH (FR), MATCHLESS (UK), CONFRONT (UK), UMLAUT (FR), FOR4EARS (CH), CREATIVE SOURCES (PT), LEO (UK), AMBIANCES MAGNÉTIQUES (CA), LABEL BLEU (FR), AV-ART (DK), UNIT (CH) a.o.
Recent compositions include works for ensembles like HODOS, ONCEIM, HORNS and UMLAUT BIG BAND. He has worked as a composer for Swiss filmmaker Christoph Kühn.
He has published texts about improvisation in collaboration with Jean-Luc Guionnet as well as with Burkhard Beins and Phil Durrant.
Burkhard Beins, born 1964 in Lower Saxony, lives in Berlin since 1995. As a composer/performer working in the fields of experimental music and sound art he is known for his definitive use of percussion in combination with selected sound objects. Furthermore, he works with live-electronics/analog synthesizers and has conceived several sound installations.
Since the late 1980’s he is performing at internationally renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia as diverse as the LMC Festival (London), Int. Ferienkurse (Darmstadt), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Musiktage (Donaueschingen), Musique Action (Nancy), Choppa Festival (Singapore), Cave 12 (Geneva), The Now now (Sydney), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kaleidophon (Ulrichsberg), Kid Ailack Music Hall (Tokyo), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Liquid Architecture (Australia), Meteo (Mulhouse), Taktlos (CH), Berghain (Berlin), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Serralves (Porto), Wien Modern (Vienna), MoMA (New York), New Music Festival (Hanoi), Irtijal (Beirut), or Maerzmusik (Berlin).
Alongside his solo work he is a member of the ensembles Polwechsel, Activity Center, The Sealed Knot, Perlonex, Sawt Out, Trio Sowari, Junk Orbit, Fracture Mechanics, and Splitter Orchester and also works with composers/musicans such as Sven-Åke Johansson, Andrea Neumann, Keith Rowe, Axel Dörner, Tarek Atoui, Chris Abrahams, John Tilbury, or Charlemagne Palestine.
Burkhard Beins gives workshops based on his graphic score system Adapt/Oppose, has published several articles on music theory, and is a co-editor of the book “Echtzeitmusik Berlin – Self-Defining a Scene” as well as the curator of a follow-up 3CD compilation featuring the Berlin Echtzeitmusik scene. Meanwhile he has released more than 50 CDs and LPs on labels like Zarek, Erstwhile, 2:13 Music, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth, alt.vinyl, God Records, Mikroton, or Confront.
Tania Chen – piano/electronics, Tom Djll and Gino Robair – electronics
Tender Buttons’ music is fully improvised but reflects a shared interest in highly contrasting features: textures and dynamics; density and silence.
Tania Chen (taniachen.com) is a pianist, experimental musician, free improviser and sound artist, working with pianos, keyboards, found objects, toys and vintage and lo-fi electronics. She studied piano with John Tilbury during her Masters degree in Performance studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has performed the music of John Cage, Earle Brown, Schoenberg, Webern, Satie, Scriabin, Andrew Poppy, Michael Parsons and Chris Newman in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan. She is equally known for her passion for free improvisation, performing alongside and collaborating with musicians that include Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Lol Coxhill, Alan Tomlinson, Roger
Turner, John Butcher, Rhodri Davies,
Terry Day, Akio Suzuki, Henry Kaiser and William Winant.
Tania has been touring West Coast California this year with instrument inventors Bryan Day and Ben Salomon. She tours John Cage¹s Indeterminacy with Steve Beresford and the comedian, writer and performer Stewart Lee in the UK in 2016.
Recently, she has been nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society RPS
Tom Djll is a composer, improviser, and occasional writer on music. Educated at Berklee College of Music, the Colorado College and Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, he is the recipient of a Masters
degree from Mills as well as a “Deeploma” from the Deep Listening Organization, and was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition at Mills. His projects include hackMIDI, impossible hybrid piano
manipulations; Grosse Abfahrt, large-group free improvisational music; Beauty School, hardcore free-noise; and Mockracy, for co-operative orchestra, actors, electronics and video projections. Djll appears on recordings from EMANEM, Tzadik, Creative Sources, Rastascan, and Artefact. His writings have been published in The Wire, Signal To Noise, Musicworks, Sequenza 21, Paris Transatlantic and Bagatellen.
Gino Robair (ginorobair.com) has created music for dance, theater, radio, television, silent film, and gamelan orchestra, and his works have been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Named one of “25
innovative percussionists” in the book Percussion Profiles(SoundWorld, 2001), he has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Otomo Yoshihide, the
ROVA Saxophone Quartet, and Eugene Chadbourne, among many others. In addition, Robair has performed with John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Fred Frith, Eddie Prevost, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Myra Melford, Wadada Leo
Smith, and the Club Foot Orchestra. Robair’s opera, “I, Norton,” based on the life of Norton I, Emperor of the United States, has been performed throughout North America and Europe.
Steph Horak // stephhorak.wordpress.com
Steph Horak is a sound and video artist, mainly focussed on systems for voice. Stylistically, her sound edges somewhere between experimental electronica, songwriting and conceptual art. These experiments can be found under the moniker SheIsRevolting. She has collaborated on releases for Mute Records and Fractal Meat Cuts. Her video work frames mundane experiences into hypnotic, endless dream sequences, and she has a great interest in exploiting the limitations of technologies, such as iPhone cameras or effects pedals for voice. Horak is a producer for arts organisations, universities, charities, and independent artists.
Steve Beresford // en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years, working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, Christian Marclay and, of course, Alterations. He has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, composer and producer, and was was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.