Phil Durrant – semi-modular synths
Wade Matthews – synthesis & manipulated field recordings
Charlotte Keeffe – trumpet & flugelhorn
Rachel Musson – tenor saxophone
Doors 7:30 | music 8pm | entry £8
Born near London in 1957, Phil Durrant is a multi-instrumentalist improviser/composer/sound artist who currently performs solo and group concerts.
As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the ‘group voice approach’ style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more ‘reductionist’ approach.
Recently, he has been performing solo and duo concerts with Bill Thompson, Mark Wastell, as well as his seven-piece group ‘If Herbie Went West Coast’, using a modular synthesizer system. As a mandolinist, he has been performing with guitarist Martin Vishnick, mandolinist Richard Scott and drummer Emil Karlsen.
Durrant still performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The SEEN.
Born in France to U.S. parents, Wade Matthews has lived for the last thirty years in Madrid, where he shares an apartment with some thirty plants and innumerable books. He dedicates his available time to various types of sonic or written thought, including free improvisation and sound portraits as well as books, essays and other forms of verbal expression, such as lectures, masterclasses and workshops. He travels constantly, reads everything he can and collaborates with other musicians, dancers, visual artists and sonic explorers.
Since completing a doctorate in composition at Columbia University, where he wrote his thesis on electro-acoustic improvisation at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, Matthews has presented his work in festivals and concert series in twenty countries, recorded for national radios such as the BBC, France Culture, RTVE, Sodre, and various international record labels. He has published essays in numerous magazines specialized in aesthetics and music, as well as Improvisando. La libre creación musical, the leading Spanish-language book on free improvisation. His new book on instruments and their gestures is currently at press.
Trumpeter/Flugelhorn player Charlotte Keeffe plays regularly in the London Improvisers Orchestra and and has shared Concert bills/performed alongside the likes of John Edwards, Henry Lowther, Steve Noble, John Butcher, Steve Beresford and Mark Sanders. Charlotte performs as a Soloist and as part of her Trio, Space Painters, with Guitarists – Joe Smith Sands and Diego Sampieri.
She has a Duo with Trumpeter Kim Macari Stone-Lonergan and is part of Discus Music’s Martin Archer’s Hi-Res Art Quintet and Anthropology Ensemble. She has assisted Guitarist John Russell with establishing the Mopomoso Workshop Group/MoWo.
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.