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Experimental and avant-garde music events in Edinburgh

Archive for September 2010

19th Nov – Mick Beck/Phillip Marks, Edimpro

19th Nov, Friday. Alison house (LRA)
8pm, Donations (suggesteted £2)

Mick Beck/Phillip Marks

Collaborators in groups with other players for more than a decade, this ‘fiery, quirky’ duo has performed several times together in the last couple of years, and now presents a national tour. Mick Beck’s ‘scorching and utterly lawless tenor’ is moderated by his taming of the bassoon, with occasional sprinkles from whistles and balloons that appear from nowhere. Phil Marks combines ‘explosive shotgun retorts’ with ‘subtle and inventive stop-start rhythms and dramatic presentations of silence’.

Mick Beck is an innovative instrumentalist and composer; in addition to this duo, his current projects include Gated Community, a 15-piece workshop band re-exploring the interaction of composition and improvisation, and solo tours featuring both bassoon and saxophone. On the free scene since 1980, as an improvising big band leader to solo performer, Mick is known for his energy and originality: his playing covers the full emotional gamut from ‘heartbreaking to mischievous’, and from ‘abstracts to compelling swing’. Mick’s own energetic and humorous approach to improvising is supported by Phillip Marks.

Phillip Marks has been involved in promotion, organisation and performance of innovative musical events in Manchester for many years – since 1997 under the banner of New Music Northwest – including the Lottery-funded Manchester Festival of Improvised Music. Phillip plays in the free-jazz Grew Trio, and with free improv group Bark!. He is also in a quartet with Tony Bevan, Dominic Lash and Paul Obermayer; an album, A Big Hand, was released earlier this year by the group.

inspired improvisation” – The Wire
Mick Beck plays a scorching post-Ayler tenor sax” – Jazzwise
Ace tenor saxophonist Mick Beck incorporates an amplified bassoon [in a way] that defies even the most oddball stereotypes” – All About Jazz
Phillip Marks’ percussion work shapes everything and holds it together. His drumming drives the music along and gives it its pulse – enough indeed for the publicity to describe it as ‘James Brown meets the spirit of Modernism!’ not a phrase often attributed to improvised music” – John Eyles,


Edinburgh’s own free improvisation large ensemble present spontaneous sounds acoustic and electronic, featuring performers from across Scotland’s musical spectrum.



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16/09/2010 at 9:15 pm

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26th Oct – Ten, Ben Butler & Mousepad, Matthew Collings

26th Oct, Tuesday, 8pm
Donation welcome, Suggested £2
Alison house (Atrium room),
12 Nicolson Sq, Edinburgh

Luscious, beautiful electronica and acoustic sounds from the North of England. Ten is a mixture of ambient, instrumental and electronic sounds crafted together with the help of Analogue keyboards, Guitars, Various Delay Pedals, Pro tools, MSP MAX, and a String Quartet.

Ben Butler & Mousepad

Excellence as in a cloud of pink TV static spreading over psychedelic gradient skies outside the window of your commuter train, analogical lighting bolts blasting in a rainbow coloured Sabbath which burns into the circuitry of your brain like the soundtrack of an old coin-op beat-em-up designed by a crazed cabal of progressive wizards and bearded Sci-Fi savants.
BB&MP is an unpredictable, fun and musically dense project, both live and on record.
Riotous electro fun.

Matthew Collings

Tiny delicate moments of intimacy and all-consuming noise; the music of British/Icelandic artist Matthew Collings is textural, melodic and often sonically overwhelming. Spanning the vast divide between Steve Reich and Kevin Shields, Collings has already found considerable praise from the international community for his previous releases under the curious moniker Sketches for Albinos.

For his latest projects, under his own name, he is now associated with respected Icelandic label Bedroom Community, and is currently working on an album of solo material produced by Ben Frost. This material has been debuted at solo live shows to a warm response both in the UK and Iceland.


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14/09/2010 at 10:48 am

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8th Oct – Edimpro w/ Patrick Farmer

8th Oct, Friday. 7pm.
Alison house (LRA), 12 Nicolson Sq.
Free and donation welcome.

Edimpro is a free improvisation large ensemble, and will be joint with guest player Patrick Farmer for an open session.

Patrick Farmer

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13/09/2010 at 10:38 pm

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2nd,3rd,10th Oct – GIO / Hans Richter Early Works

A friend posting for Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra –

GIO / Hans Richter Early Works

The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with German cellist Johanna Varner will perform live improvisation to screenings of Hans Richter’s experimental short films from the 1920s.

An early exponent of Dada, Richter was also one of the first to recognize the possibilities cinematography offered the artist. He participated in the first avant-garde film movement alongside Leger, Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia, Cocteau and Dali.

‘By film I mean visual rhythm … to see movement, organized movement, wakes us up, wakes up resistance, wakes up the reflexes, and perhaps wakes up our sense of enjoyment as well. This kind of film gives memory nothing to hang on … we are given a sense of what feeling and perceiving really is: a process – MOVEMENT.”
– H. Richter 1924

Edinburgh Filmhouse Saturday 2nd October, 7pm
Glasgow GFT
Sunday 3rd October, 2.30pm
Dundee DCA
Sunday 10th October 2pm

Produced by the Goethe Institute, Glasgow

Coming soon: GIO Festival III 10-11 December 2010 with John Butcher, John Russell, Dominic Lash.

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11/09/2010 at 11:52 pm

28th Sep – The Ames Room, Lapslap, humansacrifice & wounded knee, Michalakos/Pope/Hayes

Photo by Jean-Michel Monin

28th Sep, 7pm door £7/5
the voodoo rooms,
19a West Register Street, EH2 2AA

Advanced tickets (no booking fees)

The Ames Room
Jean-Luc Guionnet – alto sax (fr)
Born in Lyon, France, in 1966, Guionnet is an electroacoustic music improviser and composer. His main instrument is the saxophone but he also works with electronics, harmonium and church organs. He studied Aesthetics at La Sobornne, Paris, with Iannis Xenákis, Geneviève Clancy and Bernard Tesseydre and tape music at the conservatory of Bologne. Guionnet is concerned, among many other themes, with the propagation and distribution of forms, musical and others, in time and space as an experience of testing reality but also of redefining the body from the interaction with the purely physical environment. He has composed for theatre and contemporary dance as well as for experimental film. He is a member of the editorial board of the arts and philosophy magazine Terres des Signes.
Will Guthrie – drums (aus)
Australian drummer/percussionist Will Guthrie uses amplified found and junk, microphones, electronics, drums and cymbals. He works in many different settings of music: live performance, improvisation and studio composition. In Nantes, France, he is part of the collective CABLE# which also organises regular concerts and an annual festival. He also runs the experimental improvised CD label and mailorder service; ANTBOY MUSIC.
Clayton Thomas – bass (aus)
Thomas’ thoughtful and virtuosic prepared double bass playing has taken Europe by storm since he moved to Berlin from Sydney in 2007 – part groove cannon, part kinetic sculpture, all parts BAD bass skills. He showcases all the possible positions of the instrument, ways of tickling, teasing, forcing, caressing, beating and shaking sounds out of the body of his double-bass The range of sounds is exceeding the preconception most audiences might have about the double bass by far.

Michael Edwards – tenor & soprano saxophones, computer, midi wind controller
Martin Parker – french horn, flugel horn, recorder, computer
Karin Schistek – piano, synth
Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Lapslap emerged from a desire to make well-formed music in realtime using computers and instruments. The group freely combines computer solos with instrumental trios and any combination in between: in one set, instrumentation can range from the purely acoustic piano/sax/horn to the completely electric laptop/laptop/synth. The music draws from traditions ranging from avant-garde classical, free improv/free jazz through to improvised electroacoustic/glitch.

humansacrifice & wounded knee
Fritz Welch will bare-hand the night without his common seen percussion twist, along with Leith’s own electric poet Drew Wright (aka Wounded Knee) to perform a new vocal piece.

Christos Michalakos / John Pope / Lauren Sarah Hayes
Greek percussionist/computer musician resident in Edinburgh, Christos Michalakos is joint with John Pope (double bass, Newcastle) and Lauren Sarah Hayes (analogue synths, laptop). From slow delicate ambiences to impulsive polyrhythmic interchange, the improvisational trio combines free jazz, krautrock and detailed electronics, which often take off in unexpected directions.


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01/09/2010 at 11:47 pm

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