Recording Sessions #14
Tuesday 5 September 2023 | Doors: 7:30pm | Start: 8:00pm
Our Kiosk opens 1 hour before doors.
Tickets: £12 Advance / £15 OTD https://link.dice.fm/m81aa4195180
Recording Sessions is a concert series focusing on live recordings of free improvisation, free jazz, electro- acoustic improvisation and experimental composition projects.
Curated by Giovanni La Rovere
Delighted to host four restlessly creative artists, Hannah Marshall, Steve Beresford, John butcher and Mark Sanders.
Hannah Marshall – cello
Steve Beresford – piano & electronics
John Butcher – tenor & soprano saxophones
Mark Sanders – drums
Hannah makes music and plays the ‘cello using improvised performance, cross-arts collaboration, composition and sound design. She is interested in movement, consciousness of sound and subconscious contributions to creativity. She is finding ways to record her experience, by acknowledging, exploring but not pandering to perceived divisions- using sound, music, and audio-visual pursuits, including film and drawing. She plays freely improvised music, records for various personal and public projects using a variety of instruments, environmental sounds and voice, collaborates on new compositions, plays with regular groups, spontaneous collaborations and solo. At times she treats the instrument as a collection of parts to be manipulated and dismantled, at others she plays traditionally. She enjoys combining the two.
She creates music and sound for other people in theatre, performance, spaces and film, creating atmospheric sound, as well contributing to the story-telling process. She is co-artistic director and performer with The Ding Foundation, and has devised and collaborated with a number of other theatre and arts companies including: Wild theatre, Norwich Puppet Theatre, A2, People Show, Little Angel Theatre, Improbable, Angika Dance, Royal Opera House, Medusa Media, Emma Bernard, The London College of fashion and the Young Vic. She has played in new compositions by a number of composers connected to improvised and experimental music including: Simon Fell, John Butcher, Tim Hodgkinson, Dylan Bates, Julie Kjaer, Sam Eastmond, Constantin Dimitrescu, Michael Oliva, Julien Pontvienne, Alexander Hawkins, Eva-Maria Houben & Alex Ward.
And she has contributed to large ensembles including: Moss Freed’s ‘Union Division’, Rick Jenson’s Skronk, The London Improvisors Orchestra, Maggie Nicol’s ‘The Gathering’ and The Brian Irvine Ensemble. She has held monthly musicians gathering ‘OME’ in Bristol in 2016-2017 that used a variety of methods and techniques for group communication and improvisation informed by group and personal practice & John Steven’s search and reflect.
Some of the artists and companies Hannah has played and collaborated with include: Veryan Weston (sol 5 and sol 6), Alison Blunt & Ivor Kallin (Barrel), Rachel Musson, John Edwards, John Russell, Roger Turner, Tony Marsh, Dave Tucker, Evan Parker & Matt Wright’s Trance map+, Nick Malcolm, Lauren Kinsella, Sylvia Hallett, Ansuman Biswas, Ntshuks Bonga, Steve Beresford, Jacques Demierre, Luc Ex, Diatribes, Dan Am, Ingrid Laubrock, Bernadette Russell & White Rabbit. Hannah tutors music learners regularly in schools and community, guiding musicianship, creative practice, and practical playing with people of all ages and experience.
Steve has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on piano, electronics and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack). He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams of ‘Musics’ and ‘Collusion’ magazines, writes about music in various contexts and was a senior lecturer in music at University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of ‘Unpredictable Series’, which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art. Steve has often worked with Christian Marclay on various Marclay mixed media pieces. Others he has worked with include The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves and Lore Lixenberg. Beresford has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, free-improviser, composer and producer, and was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.
Butcher is well known as a saxophonist who attempts to engage with the uniqueness of time and place. His music ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. His “Resonant Spaces” CD is a collection of site-specific performances recorded during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands.
Since the early 80s he has collaborated with hundreds of artists – including Derek Bailey, Eddie Prévost, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Steve Beresford, Okkyung Lee, John Russell, Andy Moor, Christian Marclay, Gino Robair, Tony Buck, Magda Mayas, Ståle Liavik Solberg and Matthew Shipp. Additionally he values occasional encounters – from the WDR Sinfonieorchester and EX Orkest to duos with Akio Suzuki, Liz Allbee, Keiji Haino, David Toop, Sophie Agnel, Fred Frith and Joe McPhee. Recent compositions include “Penny Wands” for Futurist Intonarumori, three HCMF commissions, “Good Liquor…” for the London Sinfonietta and “Tarab Cuts” (shortlisted for a British Composer’s Award).
Mark has had a career taking in many styles and genres, this history informs his now mainly free improvisation based work, but he also works in theatre, dance, contemporary classical and conceptual art situations. He has played with many renowned improvising musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Okkyung Lee, Barry Guy, Jah Wobble, Charles Gayle, Peter Evans, Trevor Watts, William Parker, Nate Wooley, Ivo Perelman and Nicole Mitchell. He works with John Edwards in a duo and with groups including trios with Evan Parker, John Butcher, Elliott Sharp and many other groups visiting the UK and in Europe.
Part from a regular duo with John Butcher he also performs John’s composition ’Tarab Cuts’ which has played festivals in Brazil and Europe. He also has his own group ‘StaggerLee Wonders’ including Black Radical Poetry and Prose, featuring Cleveland Watkiss and Robert Mitchell, the trio ‘Shofar’ with Pat Thomas and Rachel Musson. He is in a longstanding duo with Sarah Gail Brand which has featured on the BBC’s ‘The Stuart Lee Show’ and in the film ‘Taking the dog for a Walk’. They also have a group featuring Steve Beresford. With multi-media artist Christian Marclay, Mark has played around Europe in his pieces ’Everyday’ and ‘Screenplay’ also as a soloist for his 2015 exhibition at The White Cube Gallery, London. For Conceptual artist Henrik Hakensen’s film ‘The End’ he has performed as an improvising soloist , playing with Orchestras in Glasgow, Sydney and Monte Carlo. In situations using composition in one form or another Mark works in various projects including ‘13 Vices’ with Jennifer Walshe/Brian Irvine and The Red Note Ensemble, Sarah Sarhandi’s ‘Both Universe’, Elaine Michener’s ‘Sweet Tooth’ and has played in various groups of Shabaka Hutchins. As a guest with New York’s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn’s ‘The Tempest’ in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival. He is a member of the groups of Paul Rogers, Paul Dunmall, Simon H Fell, Julie Kjaer’s ‘Both Worlds’, in duo and ‘Frisque Concordance’ with Georg Graewe , Mikolaj Trzaska and the groups ‘Rope’ and ‘Foils’. Mark is a Lecturer at Leeds College of Music and Guest Tutor at The Royal Academy of Music, London.
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