curated by Stuart Wilding Xposed Club
This concert brings together five musicians who explore the highways and byways of improvised music and composition. The worlds of circus, folk, pop, Bollywood, electronica, contemporary classical, lithophones, bicycles, bowed saws and cymbals are some of the various musical trails followed by this group and will combine for this visit to Paradise Yard.
Sylvia Hallett is a multi-instrumentalist and composer moving between violin, Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, saw, accordion, electronics and found objects. She currently plays solo and with The London Improvisers Orchestra and The Heliocentrics. Recent collaborators have included Clive Bell, Chris Dowding, Mike Cooper, Evan Parker, David Toop, Jah Wobble, Anna Homler, LaXula, Opera North, h2dance, Jacky Lansley, Miranda Tufnell, Eva Karczag, Wonderful Beast, and The Royal Shakespeare Company. She performs internationally as a solo improviser, having released four solo albums. In July 2015 she was commissioned by the Livio Felluga Wine Company to create and perform a solo site-specific work on a hill in an Italian vineyard.
Mike Adcock has brought a variety of approaches to composition and performance (mainly piano and accordion), his interest in free improvisation developing in the early 1980s through an involvement with the London Musicians Collective. It was there that he first began a long association playing with Sylvia Hallett, both becoming founder members of the unclassifiable Accordions Go Crazy and later releasing a CD of improvised duets, Reduced. Mike and Stuart Wilding began playing together rather more recently but have performed together with a degree of regularity over the last twelve years. Mike’s 2020 lockdown album The Ludwig Variations, a collaborative distance recording emanating from a series of solo accordion improvisations, featured a range of musicians including Sylvia, Stuart and also Chris Cundy. “Mike Adcock uses dissonance and sound colours like a painter on his palette. Completely anti-academic, his free playing is deeply pleasing….he has an innate gift for playing with the colors of the piano and extracting improbable melodic lines.” (Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg).
Stuart Wilding Started improvising after attending John Steven’s workshops and began to gig at the LMC with Makeshift, Sounding Board, Eye and Ear Control and has performed in numerous improvised music groups and played with Keith Tippett, Lol Coxhill, Hugh Metcalf, Mike Adcock, Ove Volquartz and many others. Currently he has a trio Ghost Mind and is part of the electronica collective Longstone he also organised Cheltenham Improvisers Orchestra and set up and ran Xposed Club. “Stuart’s percussion exploits recalling the startling, fleeting and unforgettable work that Jamie Muir brought to various Derek Bailey bands and King Crimson in the 1970s” (Dann Chinn Misfit City).
Chris Cundy plays bass clarinet, saxophones, and rarified woodwind instruments Chris he is active in pop music, theatre, improvisation and experimental practices. Collaborations and tours have seen him working with Timber Timbre, Cold Specks, Fyfe Dangerfield, Guillemots, Little Annie, Devon Sproule, Longstone, and Kristin McClement. “Swirling around the songs was bass clarinet player Chris Cundy, like a birdsong interrupting an argument” (Los Angeles Times).
Benedict Taylor is a solo violist & composer. He is an active figure within the area of contemporary string performance, at the forefront of the British & European new and improvised music scene. As an improviser, he has worked with Evan Parker, Terry Day, Keith Tippett, Wadada Leo Smith, Alex Ward, Renee Baker, Steve Beresford, Angharad Davies, Hannah Marshall, Tom Jackson, Phil Minton, Pat Thomas, Miya, Tetsu Saito, Gianni Mimmo, Daniel Thompson, Veryan Weston, Sylvia Hallett, Dirk Serries, Stephen Crowe amongst others.