Musicians in Space

Date(s) - June 20, 2017
7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Albion Beatnik Bookshop


This performance by the Oxford Improvisers is part of a research project led by improvising double bass player, David Leahy.

His research, entitled ‘Musicians in space’, is based on the argument that the formal separation and the static positioning of the audience and performer, does little to support the musical process. Particularly when free improvisation is supposedly built on the close inter-relationship of all the elements of the ‘musicking’ (Small, 1998) ecosystem. 

Instead of performing facing the audience, from one end of the room, the musicians will be free to change position during the performance. This is to enable a greater level of investigation of the acoustic and spatial characteristics of the space, while also challenging the musicians to reconsider the way that they engage with each other in a free improvisation.

The audience will also be invited to change seats during the performance, so as to offer them a more active listening experience. At the same time, the removal of the spatial separation, between the audience and the improviser, emphasizes the importance of the listener within this emergent musical process.

This performance will be filmed and a post show discussion will end the evening.

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Tickets are available in advance and on the door.