Music : Isidora Edwards / Benjamin Vergara / Tomás Gubbins / Sofía Vaisman / Mark Sanders. Friday 23rd September 19:30

Benjamin Vergara (trumpet), Isidora Edwards (‘cello), Tomas Gubbins (guitar), Sofía Vaisman (‘cello) and Mark Sanders (percussion)

The sets will be :
Duo: Vergara + Sanders
Trio: Gubbins + Edwards + Vaisman

Doors 7.30 | music 8pm | £8 cash

Benjamín Vergara : trumpeter, improviser and educator, based in the city of Valdivia, Chile. His work focuses on improvised music, written contemporary music, free jazz and experimental music. Director of the Festival of experimental music –Relincha- occurring since 2014 in the city of Valdivia. Professor in music improvisation at School of Music and SoundArt of the Universidad Austral de Chile. He has collaborated with a huge range of musicians like Fred Frith, Ben Bennett, Keefe Jackson, Felipe Araya, Jim Baker, Rodrigo Castellanos, ensembles and multi disciplinary projects. His music is available in labels like Inexhaustible Editions, 577 records, Relative Pitch, Tour de Bras.

Sofia Vaisman Maturana is a music composer, poet, improviser, and sound artist. She was born in Santiago de Chile in 1993. On her arrival to London in 2018 she approached the world of free improvisation performing with the London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO) (2018-2021), completed her MA in Music Composition at King’s College London. Was awarded second prize in the Victorina Press Poetry Awards 2019. Since the pandemic, she has been invited to collaborate with the Lonely Impulse Collective (LIC) (2020-2022), from where she regularly published more than fifty objects and soundscapes. Some of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and on Resonance FM. She has improvised with several international artists in sessions at Hundred Years Gallery, Cafe OTO, Iklektik, El Internado de Valparaíso, and Festival Acéfalo. Has also produced music for theatre plays, and her compositions have been premiered at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl (Mexico City,) Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (Santiago, Chile) and the LMTA Balkono theater (Vilnius, Lithuania), among others.

She is currently studying her PhD in Composition at King’s College London and plays at the improvisers orchestra ONe Orchestra, made up exclusively of women and trans people, and of the Resounding Quartet together with renowned musicians such us Caroline Kraable, John Edwards and Rowland Sutherland. As for literature, she writes regular chronicles for SalvoConducta Fanzine and is currently working on her first novel.

Isidora Edwards is a Chilean cellist, improviser and composer, currently a PhD Researcher in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is actively exploring the intersection between performativity, materiality and imagination in sound from a feminist perspective. Isidora as a solo artist, and in collaboration with multidisciplinary artists and ensembles has taken part in festivals of experimental music and contemporary dance worldwide, such as Ars Nova Festival Ravensburg, Dara String Festival Berlin & Cologne, Dança à Deriva Brazil, Gráfica Génesis Series ,Costa Rica, Ende Tymes Festival of Noise New York, Suture Soven, Soven, Iklectik Ballistik, London, WinterSound Festival, Canterbury.
Isidora holds a MMus in Creative Practice from Goldsmiths, a BMus in Music Performance from the Catholic University of Chile. She is a scholarship holder of the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development ( ANID)

Tomás Gubbins (SCL, 1990) : Chilean composer and guitar player who has been developing his work in the fields of improvised, experimental and new music. Particularly interested in the edge between image and sound, Gubbins is currently investigating typologies and graphic devices to notate, represent and delimit certain musical contexts, aiming for giving flexibility to improvisational structures. Taking influence form architecture -material, program, elements, constructive details, etc- his music is constantly daydreaming about the idea to build “solid and inmaterial” structures, capable to allow coexistence, life and magic to happen.
Open and seeking for collaborative creative processes, he had worked and played with several musicians and artists from Chile, South America and Europe: Raúl Zurita, González y Los Asistentes, Chris Janka, Mark Holub, Lotte Anker, Ivar Grydeland, Felipe Araya, Antonia Valladares, Michaela Turcerová, Gintė Preisaitė, Diego
Lorenzini, Ben Rodney, Torben Snekkestad, Søren Kjærgaard, among others.
Along with Antonia Valladares-Fischer and Felipe Araya, he co-produced and direct Nieve & Smog, winter concert series for free musics and jazz which also features monthly residencies and a constantly growing archive in Santiago de Chile. He has played in Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Germany, Austria, Spain, Denmark and Norway, performing his own music, playing other’s either improvising in ad hoc ensembles. Following studies and early experience in Chile, Cuba and U.S.A, he moved to Scandinavia where he currently lives.

Mark Sanders has been acclaimed as “the most exciting, original and overwhelmingly powerful drummer alive” (Steve Reynolds, Jazz Corner) and his precise and propulsive drumming has graced projects with, to name but a few, Evan Parker, Jah Wobble, Broadcast, Agusti Fernandez, Christian Marclay, Matthew Shipp, John Butcher, Roswell Rudd, Henry Grimes and Otomo Yoshihide.
“…ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative, drummer Mark Sanders always outdoes himself, whether playing with restraint or erupting like a dynamo.” Bruce L Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery. NY


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