Valentina Magaletti – drums/percussion
Steve Beresford – electronics
Pierpaolo Martino – double bass
Dave Tucker – guitar
Adrian Northover – saxophones
The London based drummer and multi-instrumentalist Valentina Magaletti plays in rhythm sections with projects such as Raime (Blackest Ever Black) and Vanishing Twin (Fire Records). She is part of Nicolas Jaar’s group, Lafawandahand and is half of the bustling and well-known combo Tomaga (with Tom Reellen). Devoted to musical exploration, Tomaga obsessively deconstruct familiar tropes, looking for the tension that lies between improvisation and form. “Eccentric, virtuoso, hypnotic and contagious, from jazz patterns to experiments on prepared drum kit, Valentina’s style effortlessly defines her shape of the dance”.
Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack).
He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams of Musics and Collusion magazines, writes about music in various contexts and was a senior lecturer in music at the University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of Unpredictable Series, which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art.
Steve has worked with Christian Marclay on numerous Marclay mixed media pieces. He has also worked with The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, Satoko Fukuda, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves, Sarah Gail Brand, Lore Lixenberg and many others.
Beresford has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, free-improviser, composer and producer, and was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.
Pierpaolo Martino is a double‐bass player based in Italy. He currently co‐leads the post‐rock trio Mondegreen and the avant‐jazz duo Howl. He plays in improv ensembles such as “The Dinner Party” a trio with Adrian Northover and Vladimir Miller; “Frequency Disasters” with Steve Beresford and Valentina Magaletti and in duo with guitarist Dave Tucker. He also performs in solo with his project “Bass Star. A double‐bass tribute to David Bowie”. He is Senior Lecturer of English Literature at the University of Bari, Italy; he has authored monographs on Virginia Woolf, David Bowie and on The Language of Music in English Literature from Shakespeare to Salman Rushdie.
Adrian Northover plays saxophones and records with B Shops for the Poor, The Remote Viewers, Sonicphonics (with Billy Bang), The London Improvisers Orchestra, Ensemble Trip-Tik, Anna Homler, Ricardo Tejero, John Edwards, The Custodians, and various duo CD’s with Adam Bohman, Tasos Stamou, Daniel Thompson and others. He has performed at many international festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium, Victoriaville, Leipzig Jazz Festival, Tallin Festival, Arkangel Jazz, Freedom Of The City and others.
Current projects include ‘Hard Evidence’ with John Edwards and Steve Noble, Vladimir Miller Quartet, Hogcallin’, a septet playing the music of Charles Mingus , and a trio with Marcio Mattos and Marilza Gouvea, also projects with Neil Metcalfe (flute), Sue Lynch (sax), Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (voice), Vladimir Tarasov (drums), Tristian Honsinger (cello), Marcello Magliocchi (drums), Phil Gibbs (guitar) & Maresuke Okamoto (cello).
Recent CD releases include ‘Ag’ with Steve Noble & Daniel Thompson, Five and Four by the Runcible Quintet, Last Man In Europe (Remote Viewers),
The Dinner Party with Vlad Miller and Pierpaolo Martino, Wintertide (Notes From Underground), Moribund Mules and Musket Fire by the Custodians.
Adrian is also involved with Indian music (Jazz Thali) and works with live music for film (Ensemble Kino), and helps run the Horse Improvised Music Club
Dave Tucker (guitar, bass, musician), began performing in the punk movement of the 1970’s in Manchester. In the 80’s he was a member of The Fall and recorded on ‘Slates’ and two John Peel sessions with the group. After moving to London in the mid 1980’s, he studied and played with Phillip Wachsmann, becoming a core member of the London improvised music scene. He currently plays guitar with London Improvisers Orchestra.