A late afternoon of free improvised music by Terry Day and some of his occasional collaborators; double bass player David Leahy, multi-instrumentalist Tasos Stamou and violinist Satoko Fukuda in various playing combinations.
Terry Day is a free improvised music veteran performer with a unique style. Born 1940. Self taught musician. Plus tuition on piano 1951, drums 1957, alto sax 1975. 1957 – 62 Worked in dance bands playing drums. He was a founder member in 1965 of the legendary People Band, in which he played drums and myriad other instruments. Alongside this he contributed to some notable improv bands such as Alterations, which included Steve Beresford, David Toop and Peter Cusack; Derek Bailey’s Company; and The Promenaders with Lol Coxhill. He makes his own bamboo pipes, writes poems and is known to play the balloon.
Satoko Fukuda was born in Japan 1981. She started the violin at the age of seven and at nine came over to England to study with Catherine Lord. Her first concerto debut was at the age of thirteen for the Anglo-Japanese Society and she has since performed and recorded all over the world. She was awarded the Concordia Serena Nevill prize for 2007. She appears as an improviser on the critically acclaimed CD ‘Unlocked’ (Emanem, 2007) with pianist Veryan Weston and Hannah Marshall and has a classical CD in preparation.
Tasos Stamou is an electroacoustic music composer and performer of free improvised music, an electronic instruments maker and a tutor, currently based in London. Mostly as a multi-instrumentalist of free-improvised music he has presented live sets in solo projects and in collaboration with other experimentalists and improvisers (London Improvisers Orchestra, Evan Parker’s “Call them Improvisors” orchestra, Adam Bohman, Valerio Tricoli, Kuupuu & Lau Nau, Terry Day, Adachi Tomomi) around venues and festivals for innovative music. Since 2008 he runs “kukuruku recordings”, an independent label for ephemeral exploratory sound works. He is currently running a workshop series for circuit bending & hacking sound toys for experimental sound production.David Leahy has been resident in the UK since 1998, and in this time has become a prominent double bass player on the free and improvised music scene. Added to this he has not only maintained his connections with other musical styles such as jazz, folk and world music, but has allowed these differing influences to mix together.
David’s long interest in movement has led him to extending his creative practice to incorporate Contact Improvisation, an improvised dance style created in the 1970’s, and David has performed as a dancer/musician throughout Europe. Some of the artists and groups that he is currently involved with include; the London Improvisers Orchestra, a number of smaller groups containing members of the orchestra, Lode (improvisational string duo), Dha (Indian/European Improvisation ensemble), Deirdre Starr (Irish vocalist/pianist), Geraldo Si (dancer) in SichtLautTrio and with Frey Faust and Mirva Makanan (dancers) in the Balance Project. He has conducted groups and performed as a guest and soloist in a number of ensembles both in this country and in Europe. David has been featured on numerous recordings and is soon to release his second solo CD.