Yves Charuest, Steve Noble & Ute Kanngiesser. Friday 15th December 7:30

Yves Charuest (alto saxophone), Steve Noble (percussion) & Ute Kanngiesser (‘cello)

Canadian saxophonist Yves Charuest began his professional musical activities in the 1980s, playing with several Canadian musicians such as Michel Ratté, Jean Beaudet, Lisle Ellis, Jean Derome and Pierre Cartier in various groups, including I Like Jazz, Evidence, Duo Charuest-Ratté, Michel Ratté Trio, Wreck’s Progress.

Charuest was a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (with German bassist Peter Kowald and South African drummer Louis Moholo) with whom he has performed in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has performed with internationally active musicians such as William Parker, John Betsch and Mathias Schubert, and has collaborated with Canadian electroacoustic composers Jean-François Denis, Jef Chippewa and Jean Piché.

Doors 7:30 | music 8pm | entry £5

Yves Charuest’s presence in the UK has been made possible with the help of the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and Quebec’s Ministry of International Relations.

Ute Kanngiesser is a German, London based cellist:
“For over 10 years, I have only played unscripted/improvised music. I have experimented with the sound of the cello, limiting myself to the alive material at hand: vast and complicated layers within the instrument and myself; and to let this music evolve continuously in relationship with others. It relates to the process of uncovering an endless multiplicity of coexisting sense perspectives. And it deals with the energy that this gives rise to. For me, it is the most exciting place to play music from.”

Most recent collaborations have been with Seymour Wright, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Rie Nakajima, Jennifer Allum, John Butcher, Terry Day, Billy Steiger, Tom Wheatley, Paul Abbott, Guillaume Viltard, and Daniel Blumberg.

Steve Noble is London’s leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O’Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.  In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey’s excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book ‘Improvisation; its nature and practise’. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins)

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