Grind Sight Open Eye

Experimental and avant-garde music events in Edinburgh

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.



Written by grindsightopeneye

16/09/2010 at 9:15 pm

Posted in Events, Past Events

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