Susanna Ferrar / Rachel Musson / Tom Jackson / Douglas Benford. Sunday 10th November 15:30

Doors 3:30pm | music 4pm | entry £5

Susanna Ferrar
Susanna Ferrar has been playing the violin since she was eight years old, though when she left school she didn’t touch it for about 6 years. After that the route to Free Improvisation wound through folk clubs to a workshop with Trevor Wishart in Leeds in 1971 playing with water, a cup and a sponge, in the company of others who had also been instructed to make noise but not with their accustomed instruments and later, in 1978, to meeting Tony Wren and listening to “Sparks of the Desire Magneto”. Philipp Wachsmann’s wonderful West Square meetings, the Barry Summer School, Maggie Nicols’s “Contradictions” and the invaluable community that was the London Musicians’ Collective led to early participation in the London Improvisers Orchestra, which has now been going for more than 20 years. Ferrar released one cd in 1994, “A Boy Leaves Home”, with Lol Coxhill, Sylvia Hallett and Evan Parker.

Tom Jackson
Tom Jackson is a clarinettist and saxophonist active in London and Europe, largely dedicated to the fields of contemporary classical music and free improvisation. He maintains an extensive and eclectic performance schedule and has performed throughout Europe, Australia and Hong Kong. Tom has performed as principal clarinet with many
orchestras including New London Sinfonia and British Sinfonietta and National Chamber Orchestra of Wales. He has worked with various contemporary chamber groups such as Apartment House, Lontano, Plus-Minus, ChampdAction, Ictus, Splinter Cell and Cardiff New Music Collective, which he co-founded. He is an active session musician, playing for albums and live shows. He has recently completed a PhD at Canterbury Christ Church University on relational aesthetics and free improvisation. Tom is vastly experienced in teaching all ages and is regularly consulted on the publication of pedagogical material. He is currently preparing four books of etudes for clarinet and saxophone for 360 Music. He is the recording artist for Schott’s Romantic Clarinet and Klezmer Clarinet series.

Rachel Musson
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, and has performed with a diverse range of musicians on the fluid European improvising scene, including Alcyona Mick, Han Bennink, Liam Noble, Gail Brand, Eddie Prevost, Olie Brice, Federico Ughi, Mary Halvorson, John Russell, Adam Linson, Sebastian Rochford, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Pat Thomas, among many others.

Douglas Benford
As a composer and sound artist, Douglas has been involved in various audio genres since the late 1980s, performing at many institutions/venues in the UK (Bristol’s Arnolfini, London’s Science Museum, Cafe Oto, Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, ICA and Glasgow’s CCA), festivals worldwide (Mutek, Synch, Transmediale) and had installation work in numerous UK galleries (Inc. London, Swansea, Gloucestershire and Essex). After many electronica releases in his ‘si-cut.db’ and other guises, in the past decade he has focused on acoustic improvisation and installations, using field recordings, classical instruments, vocals and children’s toys. As well as often playing with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Confront Recordings/ Mark Wastell’s The Seen collective, his regular collaborators include Blanca Regina, poet Tamar Yoseloff, Angharad Davies, Lina Lapelyte, Steve Beresford, Adam Bohman, Clive Bell, Mandhira De Saram, sculptor Rob Olins, as well as – in the past – pop group Saint Etienne, Jem Finer, Momus, Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light), Scanner, Stephan Mathieu and Andrew Weatherall. He was also co-curator with Iris Garrelfs, established in 1996, of Sprawl audio events in London for over 12 years.

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