Improvised music featuring two trio sets and a sextet.
Kay Grant – voice
Martin Vishnick – acoustic guitar
Dominic Lash – double bass
Ntshuks Bonga – alto and soprano saxophones
Phil Durrant – electric mandolin & electronics
Regan Bowering – percussion
Doors 7.30 | Music 8pm | £8 cash
Photo by David Element, check out his work at www.davidelement.net
Kay Grant is a musician and composer whose work is informed by broad experience in jazz, classical, rock and pop. Using the voice as an intrumental component is a trademark that underscores her commitment to the joy of ensemble playing. Marked by a bubbling stream of exploration and an open-armed approach to genre, Grant’s music has travelled a fluid path through interpretation, improvisation and composition.
Grant has toured and recorded throughout Europe and in the US, from intimate performances in local venues to celebrated spaces including the Barbican in London, Carnegie Hall in New York and Le Zénith in Paris. Her many collaborators include Alex Ward, Pat Thomas, Ntshuks Bonga, Penny Rimbaud, Manuela Keller, John Edwards, John Russell, John Zorn, Shelley Hirsch, Elliott Sharp, Martin Speake, Liam Noble and Sarah Gail Brand.
Martin Vishnick is a performer, composer, researcher and teacher. As a performer, concert tours have taken Martin all over the globe where he continues to promote his albums with radio and concert appearances; this includes varied classical guitar and electric guitar concerts and engagements. Commissions include music for the theatre, concert hall, film and media. Martin is currently involved in post-doctoral research, propagating his work in the contemporary ‘sound art’ music scene, providing guitarists and composers with a sound repertory for compositions and improvisation based on extended techniques that comprise both developments of existing techniques and techniques invented by the author.
He has performed in many Free Improvisation venues in the UK, and is especially active in the London scene. Martin iis a member of the London Improvisers Orchestra, has a on-going duos with mandolinist Phil Durrant and vocalist Kay Grant. He has also been involved in musical events with composer and sound artist Douglas Benford, saxophonist & electronics performer Klaus Bru, and many other well-known improvisors. The project VFM125 with his cousin David Finney explores the contemporary Avant-garde Rock Fusion genre. www.mvish.co.uk
Dominic Lash is an improviser and composer. A partial list of musicians he has worked with includes Antoine Beuger, Tony Conrad, Angharad Davies, Jürg Frey, Elizabeth Harnik, James Ilgenfritz, Charlotte Keeffe, Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, Éliane Radigue, Mark Sanders, Roger Turner, Fay Victor, and Philipp Wachsmann.
Best known as a double bass player, he’s emerged as a guitarist since the 2020 lockdown, during which he “spent his time developing a very interesting and personal approach to electric guitar… Lash uses the Telecaster’s basic yet unique design super-effectively; the biting, percussive nature of the instrument highlighted by the sheer power in his contrabass-trained hands” (Paul Khimasia Morgan).
Ntshuks Bonga has worked in the areas of improvised music and South African Jazz since the early 1990s. Formative experiences include various Maggie Nicols projects and work in the groups of Louis Moholo-Moholo, Claude Deppa and Lucky Ranku. In addition to forming groups including Tshisa (with Ken Hyder and Marcio Mattos) and the South African tunes based Tokolosho and Qwati, Ntshuks has been part of the UK improv scene and has played with many of its wonderful musicians over the decades. Other areas of musical activity include work with Robyn Hitchcock and Lydia Lunch, and touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Phil Durrant : 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, using a modular synthesizer system. As a mandolinist, he has been performing and recording with Martin Vishnick, and has trios with Maggie Nicols and Emil Karlsen as well as Olie Brice and Andrew Lisle
Durrant still performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The SEEN.
Regan Bowering is a percussionist, improviser and sound artist based in London. Her solo improvisations explore various combinations of objects and materials, drums and percussion, amps, speakers, and feedback. Collaborative projects include BLAKE/ SONG/ BOWERING, a trio with Li Song and Conal Blake who experiment with site-specific performance/ improvisations using snare drums, speakers, and found materials. She’s currently doing a practice-based PhD in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London.