Sound in silence – vocal explosion

The evening’s performance will involve a group of vocalists creating sounds using freely improvised vocal technique such as extended and percussive vocality.  The performance places voices in solo, duo and group settings both accompanied and unaccompanied. The second half will include voice accompanied by the Oxford Improvisers Orchestra using poetry and free improvisation. The focus is on sound in silence and how the performer perceives and interprets this.

This evening’s event is directed by vocalist Anne L Ryan.

Tickets: £7/£5 – reserve by contacting us.

OI at The Old Firestation present Aigon DAAC

The Oxford Improvisers invite Bristol-based trio Aigon DAAC – Dominic Lash (bass), Dan Bennett (laptop) and Stuart Chalmers (tapes and pedals) which melds manipulation of analog cassette tapes, acoustic double bass and Iannis Xenakis’ “Gendy” digital synthesis algorithms. Their improvisations move freely from minimal abstract textures through to dense, highly charged interactions.

The evening with also feature various combos including Dominic Lash & Pete McPhail, a trio of Stuart Chalmers, Bruno Guastalla and Dan Goren and a quartet of Dan Bennett, Martin Hackett, David Grundy and Kesia Decote, Rodriguez.

Tickets: £7/£5 – reserve by contacting us.

Nonstop Tango in the Loft

The multimedia avant-rock collective will bringing us crashing into 2013 by  dishing up their own anarchic delights and playing with OI members. Sure to be lively evening!

Nonstop Tango are:
Chris Hills
Efthimios Chatzigianis
Jon Seagroatt
Dariusz Dziala
Stavroula Kounadea
Malcolm Atkins
and Pat Thomas

see uk.myspace.com/nonstoptango

Heimweh

Two of the pillars that support Rome’s burgeoning improvisation scene are – the ‘Franco Ferguson Collective‘ and ‘Improvvisatore Involontario’. Franco Ferguson describe their output as ‘impro-jazz’. It reflects the very diverse group of musicians who gather in Rome under the Franco Ferguson banner, with many shades of improvising style appearing side by side. It creates a very fertile soil for collaboration, with many musicians crossing from their normal genres to taste different musical flavours, all in the heady atmosphere of an excited and at times voluble audience. ‘Improvvisatore Involontario‘, by contrast, is a federation of musicians who pursue a more cerebral approach to improvisation, with an impressive catalogue of CD releases. Heimweh have connections to both organizations. Heimweh‘s members have backgrounds in rock, Balkan music, straight jazz and classical music, but all these rambunctious individual elements become submerged into an energetic style of free improvisation that is nevertheless governed and regulated by a shared sensibility, with high levels of musicianship.

Heimweh

Two of the pillars that support Rome’s burgeoning improvisation scene are – the ‘Franco Ferguson Collective‘ and ‘Improvvisatore Involontario’. Franco Ferguson describe their output as ‘impro-jazz’. It reflects the very diverse group of musicians who gather in Rome under the Franco Ferguson banner, with many shades of improvising style appearing side by side. It creates a very fertile soil for collaboration, with many musicians crossing from their normal genres to taste different musical flavours, all in the heady atmosphere of an excited and at times voluble audience. ‘Improvvisatore Involontario‘, by contrast, is a federation of musicians who pursue a more cerebral approach to improvisation, with an impressive catalogue of CD releases. Heimweh have connections to both organizations. Heimweh‘s members have backgrounds in rock, Balkan music, straight jazz and classical music, but all these rambunctious individual elements become submerged into an energetic style of free improvisation that is nevertheless governed and regulated by a shared sensibility, with high levels of musicianship.

Birchall/Cheetham Duo

From Manchester, UK. David Birchall on guitar and Andrew Cheetham on drums. We met when we played in Rhys Chatham’s G3 Ensemble in March 2011, and since then we have been playing free improvised drone/rock/noise. Debut CDr, ‘Tipping Point’ is out on MIE Music.

The evening will also feature video-score works by video artist Dariusz Dziala and composer Dan Goren.

Mopomoso On Tour

A special event in which Oxford Improvisers have collaborated with Sound and Music and long-standing improvised music promotor Mopomoso to bring you some of the finest improvising talent in the UK today. With a stella line-up and the great acoustic of The Newman Rooms, this is not to be missed!

Line up:
Alex Ward (clarinet) and Kay Grant (vocals)
Alison Blunt Trio: Alison Blunt (violin), Benedict Taylor (viola), David Leahy (bass)
Oxford Improvisers
Pat Thomas solo (piano/ keyboards)
House Full of Floors: Evan Parker (saxophones), John Russell (guitar), John Edwards (bass)

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John Russell workshop

As part of the Mopomoso Tour, following the Oxford leg, there’s a great opportunity for locals in the shape of a workshop by veteran improvising guitarist John Russell.

Russell has given workshops in free improvisation for Bedfordshire Education, The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Offene Ohren Munich, Ivan Illich School Bologna, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo and as offshoots to his own Quaqua projects. He has also taught Jazz guitar at the City Literary Institute and worked in youth and adult education schemes for the London Borough´s of Camden, Harringey, Westminster and Wandsworth.

Places are likely to go fast so purchase a ticket below or contact us.

Double Duo : Adam Bohman/Adrian Northover Bruno Guastalla/Martin Hackett plus Fractofusus

Adam Bohman/Adrian Northover Bruno Guastalla/Martin Hackett

Adam Bohman (sound table) and Martin Hackett (analogue synthesiser) have a longstanding duo partnership and are joined tonight by two of their other respective duo partners, Adrian Northover (saxes) and Bruno Guastalla (cello), for a second quartet outing following their debut at London’s Horse Improv Club in 2012.

Adam Bohman has been developing his unique and utterly original style of improvised bruitisme for over twenty years. Starting as one half of the Bohman Brothers, and incorporating text and occasionally trumpet into his many recordings, he has become one of the most recognisable figures on the international improvising scene.

Adrian Northover’s wide-ranging practice takes in Jazz, African and Indian music as well as free improvisation. His agile and linear playing provides an unexpected and fascinating foil to Adam’s gritty textural approach.

Guastalla and Hackett are well known locally as members of the Oxford Improvisers Orchestra and of various small groups in the Oxford area, and have played in a variety of improvisation and contemporary classical contexts in this country and internationally.

(photo : Fergus Kelly)

Fractofusus

Fractofusus create a world of tree sound. The vibrations, the waves, the sounds that surround them- a bee buzzing, whishing wind, the touch of rain on a leaf, an aphid’s wing, a crawling insect. This collection of improvisations will open your ears to a sensory sound of trees.

Musicians: Anne L Ryan (voice/vocals, crystal bowl), Camilla Cantata(trombone/piano/vocals), Jill Elliott (fiddles/vocals), Trish Elphinstone(saxophone/vocals), Amy Thakurdas (french horn, tibetan bowls, percussion, voice)