Music : Raph Clarkson / Matthew Grigg / Tim Hill / Charlotte Keeffe / Dominic Lash. Sunday 16th June 15:30

Raph Clarkson – trombone
Matthew Grigg – guitar, amplifier
Tim Hill – alto & baritone saxophones
Charlotte Keeffe – trumpet, flugelhorn
Dominic Lash – double bass

Doors 3.30 | Music 4pm | £10 cash

Raph Clarkson is a trombonist, improviser, composer and educator. He has developed an eclectic musical career, which spans contemporary jazz, avant-garde improvised music, theatre and performance art, contemporary classical music, ska/reggae, South African township jazz, and salsa. He has toured Europe, China, India, South Africa and the USA with ensembles including WorldService Project, The Dualers, Shed Seven, The Octandre Ensemble, and his own projects The Dissolute Society, RESOLUTE, Equal Spirits and Speckles Brass.

Matthew Grigg is Bristol based musician and concert organiser active in free improvisation and noise musics.

“somehow treads an impossible line between fragile beauty and gnarled anger” – Phil England, The Wire

“musician who focuses primarily on intuitively creating sound on the electric guitar. Influences such as avant-garde, musique-concrête and noise are never far away in his idiosyncratic sound palette…” – New Wave of Jazz

“I have no idea how Grigg plays his instrument, but it is barely recognizable as a guitar.” – FdW, Vital Weekly

Tim Hill lives in Somerset, plays the saxophone and makes noise drawing on free improvisation, grooves, electronica, composition, traditional music and ritual sound. He often works out of doors in street bands, performances and rituals. Since the 1980s he has played with improvisers like Mike Cooper, Paul Burwell, Steve Noble, John Edwards and Derek Bailey.

“Muscular, well developed playing… somewhere between Johnny Hodges and Dudu Pukwana.” – Phillip Clarke, The Wire

Charlotte Keeffe wears her love for freely improvising, free jazz and abstract music-making on her (brightly coloured) sleeve. Whether performing regularly as a soloist, or leading a variety of different ensembles, she meticulously carves out spaces for the free movement of ideas and individual expression.

Inspired by abstract painters, Keeffe refers to her instruments as ‘Sound Brushes’.

‘…Keeffe shows notable strength of character as she runs the sonic and emotional gamut…”
– Kevin Le Gendre, JAZZWISE

Dominic Lash is a freely improvising double bassist and electric guitarist who the Free Jazz Collective has called an “exceptional creative musician”. He also both writes and performs composed music and, as an academic, researches and writes about film.

Since the beginning of 2022 he has been based in Cambridge, where he organizes the Soundhunt improvised music series, with the guitarist N.O. Moore, on the last Sunday of every month at Thrive on Norfolk Street.

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