Dee Byrne is a London-based saxophonist, composer and improviser with an interest in pushing the boundaries of jazz. Dee collaborates with artists from the UK and Europe who occupy the area of contemporary jazz, avant-garde and free improvisation. deebyrnemusic.com
Phil Minton is best known for his startling vocal improvisations. ‘This sensible looking man proffers slices of his unfettered soul. Not long ago these croaks, burps, high-pitched exhalations, deep-throated drones and shreds of garbled half-language would have seen Minton either burnt or hailed as an emissary of God.’ Stewart Lee, The Sunday
Dominic Lash is an improviser and composer. A partial list of musicians he has worked with includes Antoine Beuger, Tony Conrad, Angharad Davies, Jürg Frey, Elizabeth Harnik, James Ilgenfritz, Charlotte Keeffe, Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, Éliane Radigue, Mark Sanders, Roger Turner, Fay Victor, and Philipp Wachsmann. dominiclash.bandcamp.com/
Flautist, composer, arranger, bandleader and educator Rowland Sutherland works in ensembles, bands, orchestras and as a soloist, in the classical, jazz, contemporary, non-Western and popular fields. He has played with many artists such as Carla Bley, Evan Parker, Orphy Robinson, and Courtney Pine. “Flautist Rowland Sutherland has a superb sound and technique, and is undoubtedly one of the very best flautists on the British scene.” TIME OUT.
Douglas Benford, composer and sound artist, has been involved in various audio genres and monikers since the late 1980s, performing at institutions in the UK (Bristol’s Arnolfini, London’s Science Museum, Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, ICA and Glasgow’s CCA), festivals worldwide (Mutek, Synch, Transmediale) and has had installation work
in numerous UK galleries (London, Swansea, Stroud and Essex). After numerous electronica releases and activity in the 90s and 2000s, he currently plays acoustic sources (eg harmonium, toys, objects) with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Confront Recordings / Mark Wastell’s The Seen collective. His collaborators include Blanca Regina, poet Tamar Yoseloff, Angharad Davies, sculptor Rob Olins, Matt Atkins, Lina Lapelyte, Marjolaine Charbin, Steve Beresford, Adam Bohman, Clive Bell, John Edwards, Jennifer Allum, Alan Wilkinson, Emily Shapiro and Sue Lynch.
Livia Garcia: ‘I remove quotidian found objects from their normal context and re-structure them from other perspectives, in an attempt to break some presupposed boundaries. The functions and forms of the materials are often changed during the process. I explore the relationships between art, science and nature to create work consciously and subconsciously that could provoke thoughts. As a continuous journey, I am constantly in search of something metaphysical and philosophical that is outside the material surfaces of the objects. There is no limit to the kind of materials that I use
for my work. It varies in each case, just like the context for displaying also changes. Very often, I let the process of making takes the lead and generates thoughts while the work is being created. I hope to keep experimenting, to open up questions and possibilities for
placing things, and to let the materials and objects speak for themselves.’ Recent London exhibitions and collaborations include ones at St Mary’s Tower, Schotts Music Shop, with the London Improvisers Orchestra and The Horse Improvised Club at Iklectik, Cafe OTO, hARTs Lane Studio Gallery, Artists’ Open House/Dulwich Festival, and at Dronica Festival at the Old Church, Stoke Newington.