Phil Durrant : amplified objects, electronics, dulcimer stick / James O’Sullivan : electric guitar / Christoph Gallio : solo saxophone
Doors 3.30 | music 4pm | £8 cash
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.
James O’Sullivan is a London- based experimental guitar player and improvisor who employs a playful but meticulous approach to the instrument through the bringing-together of physicality, resonance, detail and dynamics. He seeks to co-create a rich, layered and engaging music that entwines the excitement of the moment with a creative, focused exploration, so as to shape an enduring document of the guitar’s potential.
His interest in improvisation, recording and performance has led him to record and perform across the UK and internationally, both solo and with numerous improvised music groups. More longstanding arrangements include Muster, a duo with Dan Powell (electronics), a duo with Paul May (percussionist), the improvising trio Found Drowned, and a string of collaborative releases on the Aural Terrains imprint. His debut solo album, feed back couple, was released in 2011; his second solo album, IL Y A, in 2017. He is also an attendee of Eddie Prévost‘s London Bridge improvisational workshop since 2005.
Lives in Baden, Switzerland. Self-taught. Studied classical saxophone with Iwan Roth at the Basel conservatory and music with Steve Lacy in Paris. Master of Arts in Transdisciplinarity at the Zurich University of the Arts. In 1987 he won the Action Arts Prize of the city of Basel, in 2009 the Berlin Atelier and in 2022 the London Atelier of the Kanton Aargau and the Buenas Aires Atelier oft the City of Baden in 2017. He has toured in and outside of Switzerland. www.gallio.ch Gallio leads his trio DAY & TAXI (today with bass player Silvan Jeger and drumer Gerry Hemingway) since 1988. Duos with clarinet player Markus Eichenberger and drummer Roger Turner.
Since 1977 he has played – beside most Swiss improvisers – with Irene Aebi, Matthew Ostrowski, Peter Kowald, Andrea Neumann, Dennis Charles, Bern Nix, Michael Lytle, David Watson, Kalle Laar, Mart Soo, Robert Dick, Fred Frith, Phil Minton, John Russel, Phil Durrant, Olie Brice, Andrew Lisle, Chie Mukai, Takashi Kazamaki, Tetsu Saitoh, Naoki Kita, Samm Bennett, Onnyk, Ryoji Hojito, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Kazutoki Umezu, Haco, William Parker, Rashied Ali, Fabiana Galante, Luis Conde, Paula Shocron, Pablo Diaz, Sergio Merce, Alex Algier, Marcelo von Schultz, Sam Nacht, Omar Grandoso, Christof Kurzmann, Leonel Kaplan etc. Performed solo and with dancers Tomiko Takai, Christine Brodbeck, and Yvonne Meier. Worked with artists like Caro Niederer, Eric Hattan and Beat Streuli. Since 1986 he has been composing. Christoph Gallio played on Jazzfestivals and stages in Canada, China, Argentina, Chile, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, Kasachstan, Europe and the US.
Christoph Gallio is running his own label since 1987. www.percaso.ch