A concert of acoustic free improvisation featuring two duos and a trio:
Phil Durrant (mandolin)
Martin Vishnick (guitar)
Sarah Gail Brand (trombone)
Rachel Musson (tenor saxophone)
3 Head Mechanism
Martin Clarke (saxophone)
Sebastian Sterkowicz (bass clarinet/guitar)
Otto Willberg (double bass)
Doors open 3:30 | music 4:00 | entry £5:00
Durrant/Vishnick met at the Skronk April event in 2017 and have become a regular duo performing at Flim Flam, Hundred Years Gallery, SkronkFest and as part of larger groups at Mopomoso and Arch1. They have a shared interest extended techniques influenced by electronic music, and are keen followers of Chelsea FC and cricket. They both studied at the London College of Music in the mid/late 1970s but did not know each other.
Brand/Musson Have worked together many times in larger groups, but this is the first time they have performed together as a duo.
3 Head Mechanism first played as a trio in November 2017. This is their first outing.
Phil Durrant is a London based multi-instrumentalist, As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the “group voice approach” style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more “reductionist” approach.
As a modularsynth player, Durrant performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The Seen. As a mandolinist, he has been performing regularly with guitarist Martin Vishnick whome he met at the twice monthly ‘Skronk’ events.
Martin, is a performer, composer, researcher and teacher. As a performer, concert tours have taken Martin all over the globe where he continues to promote his albums with radio and concert appearances; this includes varied Classical guitar and Electric guitar concerts and engagements. Commissions include music for the theatre, concert hall, film and media.
Martin is currently involved in post-doctoral research, propagating his work in the contemporary ‘sound art’ music scene, providing guitarists and composers with a sound repertory for compositions and improvisation based on extended techniques that comprise both developments of existing techniques and techniques invented by the author.
Sarah Gail Brand
Described by The Wire magazine as the most exciting trombone player for years, Sarah Gail Brand has recorded and performed on the international Jazz and Improvised Music since the early 1990s with Mark Sanders, John Edwards, Billy Jenkins, Elton Dean, Evan Parker, Phil Minton, Lol Coxhill, Alexander Hawkins, Maggie Nicols, Rachel Musson, Wadada Leo Smith, Jason Yarde, Steve Beresford and countless others. She appears in Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, series 1 & 2 (BBC TV) and with Stewart in the 2014 documentary Taking The Dog For A Walk. Sarah fronts her own tunes quartet (Sarah Gail Brand Sextet), has a long standing duo with drummer Mark Sanders, a new trio with John Edwards and Steve Beresford and continues to work as a soloist and in ad hoc ensembles. As well as a composer and running her self releasing label Regardless, Sarah’s trombone work ranges from session work to Improvised Music to arranging & playing pop and rock tunes in the brass section for Friday I’m In Love’s ‘Massaoke’. Sarah can also be heard as an occasional presenter on Jazz on 3 (BBC Radio 3).
Rachel Musson is a saxophonist, improviser and composer living in London, UK. She is involved with a variety of improvisation projects, including a trio with Hannah Marshall and Julie Kjaer, a duo with vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, and a trio with Mark Sanders and John Edwards. She has released two albums under her own name, one featuring Liam Noble and Mark Sanders (Tatterdemalion, Babel Records), and one featuring her ensemble Skein (Flight Line, F-ire Recorded Music). She also plays with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Alex Ward’s Quintet and Sextet, as well as with a variety of other musicians on the fluid European improvising scene.
Martin Clarke (b. Aberdeen, 1978) is a composer, saxophonist and sound recordist working in improvisation, electroacoustic composition and field recording.
Martin studied music at the University of Edinburgh and composition at the University of Birmingham with Jonty Harrison where he performed regularly with Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST).
He has released music on his own label (oem) as well as Gruenrekorder, Standard Form, and Trestle Records. He has also appeared on compilations for Winds Measure, Framework Editions, Cronica, Engraved Glass, Audiobulb and Ambolthue Records.
Recent projects and performances include Mopomoso Workshop at the Vortex, a duo with drummer Sergiu Fanica and a quartet with Adam Kinsey, Stephan Barrett and Benedict Taylor.
Sebastian has also more recently been active as a bass clarinetist on the free improvised music scene. He met Jordon at Eddie Prévost’s weekly workshop and is also a member of Rick Jenson’s Compulsive Ensemble and the Apocalypse Jazz Unit. Sebastian – like Martin Vishnick – has performed with the London Improvisers Orchestra and in the past played guitar in blues, punk and experimental music bands.
Otto is an improvising musician and composer, who mostly plays the double bass. His obsessive, and slightly unhinged tape Got Gills? is issued this July on Slip, and is his first release with the imprint.
He plays with multiple groups around the UK, and has recently toured NYC and the States with guitarist David Birchall, and psych outfit Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura.