Music : TERN – Martin Hackett / Emil Karlsen / Phil Wachsmann + Dan Goren. Sunday 24th October 15:30

Martin Hackett
(Korg MS10)
Emil Karlsen (drums, percussion)
Phil Wachsmann (violin, electronics)

+ Dan Goren (solo trumpet)

Doors  3:30 | music 4pm | entry £5

Martin Hackett is a member of Oxford Improvisers and the Muzzix collective in Lille, France. He has been playing improvised music of one sort or another for as long as he can remember, for the past thirty years largely devoted to an obsessive exploration of the Korg MS10 synthesiser.

Emil Karlsen (b.1998) is a Norwegian improvising drummer currently based in the UK. Described as a “significant addition to the UK free jazz scene” and an “exceptional improv drummer”, he is quickly establishing himself on the European improvised music scene working the span from free improvisation to free jazz. Occupied with exploring the timbral and sonic possibilities of the drum kit, he performs with Philipp Wachsmann, Matthew Bourne, Phil Durrant, Ed Jones, and the London Improvisers Orchestra to mention some.

Philipp Wachsmann is working in improvisation since 1970, with many of the international players … an early quartet with Derek Bailey, with Evan Parker and with his Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, Iskra 1903, the London Jazz Composer’s Orchestra … can be heard on well over 100 recordings … with dance, film and installation, very recently returned from a revival of the historic King Ubu Orchestru, various large and small groupings with Harri Sjostrom, and is now excitedly with the extraordinary Tern trio. He is a pioneer on the violin and electronics.

“(…) one of the finest violinists working in improvised music today (…)” — [The Vortex London]

“Tern (Wachsmann / Hackett / Karlsen) are all exceptional musicians in their own right, and each recognised for their unique approach to creating improvised music. When these three great minds chose to work together they sparked a rare artistic alchemy with startling results, from the subtle and ethereal melodic ideas, to robust and tactile rhythmic volleys, even the roughest of sounds in their repertoire are deeply considered and musically compelling. They reveal a vast palette of colour as they dance between the darkest shadows and the most vivid and dazzling light. This is fine music for all the senses.” — Dr Paul Abbott, Director of Events and Enterprise, Leeds Conservatoire & Artistic Director, Sounds Like THIS Festival

Dan Goren has been regularly performing improvised music on flugelhorn and trumpet since 2009 in the wake of studies in composition culminating in a PhD. Dan brings all he has to his performances of unplanned improvisation whether as a soloist or in groups, including his long-standing participation with Oxford Improvisers.

Dan will open concert with a solo performance.

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