John Russell + Ross Lambert, guitar duet
Ed Lucas, trombone solo
Ian Rawes, field recording works
Doors at 7:15
Program starts at 8pm sharp
Entry by donation (£6 suggested)
John Russell began playing the guitar in 1965, playing free improvisation in and around London from 1972 onwards. From 1974 his work extended into teaching, recording, broadcasts (radio and television) and touring in the UK and abroad both as a soloist, and in collaboration with many fine musicians and groups.
In 1981 he founded ʻQuaquaʼ, a bank of improvisers put together in different permutations for specific events. Since then no two of these groups have ever been the same. Each group comes together for the duration of a specific project, and always features some of the most creative and individual improvisers around in previously unheard permutations.
In 1990 he inaugurated and is the driving force behind ʻMopomosoʼ, which has become the UKʼs longest running concert series dedicated to free improvisation and related musics. An audio, video and photographic archive of past events is currently being built. Video clips of most events began in 2008 and can be found by following this link to the past concerts page on the Mopomoso website.
Apart from solo work and heading Quaqua, he is presently involved in a number of regular groups including a trio with Evan Parker and John Edwards, duos with Stale Liavik Solberg, Stefan Keune, Phil Wachsmann, Pascal Marzan, Thurston Moore and Phil Minton, trios with Michel Doneda and Roger Turner (The Cigar that Talks), with Maggie Nicols and Mia Zabelka (Trio Blurb) with Mats Gustafsson and Raymond Strid (Birds) and with Henry Lowther and Satoko Fukuda, The European Contemporary Improvisation Orchestra and various projects with master percussionist Sabu Toyozumi and trombonist/ cellist/film maker Gunter Christmann.
Ross Lambert – Northern Irish (and London-based) guitarist and ‘magnetic and vibrating sources’ player Ross Lambert, has in his own words, the following fundamental and simultaneous approaches to live performance: to play as though it was both the first time and also the last; and to able to differentiate between what is good and worth conserving and what is not. Ross has been involved in, initiated and been a connector between a very wide variety of improvisatory music since his first exposure and (immediate) commitment to it, in Sheffield via Derek Bailey during the mid-1980s. Although under-recorded (he claims ‘by choice’), Ross has worked with a huge number of musicians from around the world, including Tetuzi Akiyama, Ami Yoshida, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Paul Hession, Rhodri Davies, John Butcher and Evan Parker, as well as his close friends Eddie Prevost, Seymour Wright, and Sebastian Lexer.
Ian Rawes – Field recording works: The London Sound Survey is a web-based field recording project begun as a hobby five years ago by Ian Rawes, who was then working as a storeman in the British Library’s sound archive. Since then, it has grown to around 1,500 recordings made by Ian and other contributors, including wildlife recordists Richard Beard and Stuart Fisher, and musician Andre Louis. The London Sound Survey has been featured on local and national television and radio, and on the Daily Mail website, prompting one comment which compared it to watching paint dry. At Earshots Ian will talking about and playing a selection of modern-day and early 20th-century London recordings.
The first cassette/download release on the Earshots! label Lost Tracks at Dawn by bassist Guillaume Viltard (recorded Live at Hundred Years Gallery) is available from the gallery shop and from the Earshots! website, price £6.