Music : Marcio Mattos / Adrian Northover / Marilza Gouvêa + Alex Ward & Benedict Taylor. Saturday 28th May 19:30

Marcio Mattos  – double bass, ‘cello
Marilza Gouvêa – voice
Adrian Northover – saxophones
Benedict Taylor – viola
Alex Ward – guitar and clarinet

Door 7:30 pm  | music 8pm | entry £10 cash, includes a copy of the CD ‘Cajula’

Marilza Gouvêa comes from a musical family in Brazil, her father played classical guitar and her grandfather was a maestro and music teacher.
From an early age she got involved with music: bossa nova and Brazilian popular music.    Becoming involved in  improvised   music after coming to Europe, she has worked with many exponents of its artists  such as Adrian Northover, Jim Dvorak, Terry Day, Phil Minton and Marcio Mattos. She has participated in various improvised music festivals such as the Acéfalo in Valparaíso, Chile and in Malaga, invited  by Javier Carmona, the Casa Invisible festival. In Rio de Janeiro at the Audio Rebel festival. Her use of the voice as an expressive sound source is both dramatic and unique.

Adrian Northover is based in London, and plays alto and soprano saxophone, and is also involved in sound production. He can currently be heard playing on the London club scene with a wide range of musicians, as well as doing solo saxophone performances. He has made recordings with B Shops for the Poor, The Remote Viewers, Sonicphonics (with Billy Bang), The London Improvisers Orchestra, Ensemble Trip-Tik, Anna Homler, John Edwards, The Custodians, The Runcible Quintet and many others. Recent releases include Xoo, with Daniel Thompson and Lukax Santana; The Sea Of Frogs with Marcello Magliocchi and Bruno Gussoni; The Visitors with Marcello Magliocchi, Phil Gibbs, Neil Metcalfe; Ag with Steve Noble & Daniel Thompson; Five and Four by the Runcible Quintet; MAM – with Marcio Mattos and Marilza Gouvea; Notes Lost In A Field – The Remote Viewers Trio; The Dinner Party with Vlad Miller and Pierpaolo Martino.

Marcio Mattos (double bass, ‘cello) is a highly-solicited and well-known contributor to the international Improvised Music scene, having performed with Evan Parker, John Stevens, Roscoe Mitchell, Roswell Rudd and the Ballet Rambert Dance Company amongst many others. He was a long standing partner with the late Elton Dean and toured with the Bardo State Orchestra. Marcio Mattos is a much travelled and experienced improviser who can readily adapt and excel in every musical environment both in Double-Bass and Cello. His “success”, in this respect, is primarily due to the high level of commitment he makes in every situation faced. His presence can be heard in very many released CD’s and especially in his latest solo recordings, “SOL[os]” (EMANEM 5035). He is also a ceramics artist with a studio in Hackney

The Trio has recently performed in the ‘OSIMU’ festival in Italy, together with several Italian musicians. This concert  will be the launch of their second CD: “CÁJULA” a collection of a live and a studio performance.

“… Music that clears [the] mind, because it goes back to the basics of what music is, the core of music. Breathtakingly beautiful, irresistibly funny and delightfully energetic. An absolute must for anyone with open ears.” Moors Magazine


Alex Ward is a composer, improviser and performing musician living in London. His work over the last 30-plus years has encompassed free improvisation with the likes of Derek Bailey, Lol Coxhill, John Edwards and Steve Noble; leading his own ensembles such as the Alex Ward Quintet, Item 4, Predicate and Forebrace; collaborative projects Camp Blackfoot, Dead Days Beyond Help (with Jem Doulton), Noonward (with Sean Noonan) and his duo with Dominic Lash; and diverse sideman work including tenure with This Is Not This Heat, The Flying Luttenbachers, the Duck Baker Trio/Quartet and Eugene Chadbourne’s Hellington Country. His primary instruments throughout this activity have been clarinet and guitar; but he has also performed on a variety of other instruments, and his multi-instrumental leanings were employed to their fullest capacity on his 2021 solo album “Gated”, his most ambitious and wide-ranging work to date.

Benedict Taylor is a solo violist & composer. He is an active figure within the area of contemporary string performance, at the forefront of the British & European new and improvised music scene. As an improviser, he has worked with Evan Parker, Terry Day, Keith Tippett, Wadada Leo Smith, Alex Ward, Renee Baker, Steve Beresford, Angharad Davies, Hannah Marshall, Tom Jackson, Phil Minton, Pat Thomas, Miya, Tetsu Saito, Gianni Mimmo, Daniel Thompson, Veryan Weston, Sylvia Hallett, Dirk Serries, Stephen Crowe amongst others.

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