Caroline Kraabel : saxophone
Julia Doyle : double bass
Tom Ward : saxophone
Douglas Benford : harmonium/objects
Doors 3:30 | music 4pm | £5/8 donation at the door
Caroline Kraabel is a London-based improviser, saxophonist, artist and composer. In 2022 Kraabel brought together a large group made up of all sorts of women, non-binary, and transgender improvisers: ONe_Orchestra New. Other active groups include a duo with cellist Khabat Abas; the Transitions Trio (with Charlotte Hug and Maggie Nicols); Fit To Burst, a song-based trio with Sarah Washington and John Edwards; and a quartet with Rowland Sutherland, John Edwards and Sofia Vaisman-Maturana that incorporates live poetry from guest poets, including Moor Mother. Kraabel has performed and recorded with many other excellent improvisers, including Robert Wyatt, Louis Moholo, Cleveland Watkiss, Hyelim Kim, Pat Thomas, Susan Alcorn, Veryan Weston, Maria Portugal, Neil Metcalfe, Mark Sanders, and Chris Corsano. Kraabel’s solo saxophone improvisations while walking in London and elsewhere were broadcast weekly over several years on Resonance 104.4 FM as Taking a Life for a Walk and Going Outside. Other radio work includes a series of interviews with improvisers in many media (music, dance, visual art, politics, activism), Why is Improvising Important, and a 22 hour series of new interviews with improvisers as part of 2022’s Radio Art Zone.
Julia Doyle is primarily a double bass player, with violin as a second fiddle. She have worked extensively in jazz, folk, world musics (currently including Argentinian tango and Klezmer) and any acoustic based (bass-ed) music. ‘I love to play dance music. I also spend much of my time in education, I co-edited an improvisation hand book (Search & Reflect by John Stevens) and currently work with special needs teenagers (GLD & ASD) in Tottenham, London’. Julia regularly plays with Maggie Nichols and the London Improvisers Orchestra.
Tom Ward is a musician, composer and computer programmer from Yorkshire, currently based in London. His primary instrument is the saxophone, but in recent years he has also increasingly explored the bass clarinet and flute. Tom leads a number of groups playing his own compositions (including Madwort Saxophone Quartet and Madwort’s Menagerie), as well as collaborating on a number of freely improvised and collective groups including Cotovelo (PortaJazz), Spinningwork, Ma/ti/om, and an ever-shifting variety of duos and trios. He co-runs the regular BRÅK night, an improvised music gig in a South London homebrew shop where he has played with such improvisers as John Edwards, Corey Mwamba, Charlotte Keeffe and more. As a side-person, he has toured/performed with Dee Byrne’s Outlines, Beats & Pieces Big Band, Overground Collective, Favourite Animals, Porpoise Corpus and many more. In 2020, he was heavily involved in Noise Orchestra’s Autonomous Noise Unit (ANU) project, building an easy-to-use standalone JackTrip device for realtime online musical collaboration, as well as facilitating live internet broadcasts from mulitple locations using JackTrip for London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO) and Sloth Racket.
Douglas Benford, composer and sound artist, has been involved in various audio genres and monikers since the late 1980s, performing at institutions in the UK (Bristol’s Arnolfini, London’s Science Museum, Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, ICA and Glasgow’s CCA), festivals worldwide (Mutek, Synch, Transmediale) and has had installation work in numerous UK galleries (London, Swansea, Stroud and Essex). His pieces and performances have been aired on the radio internationally, and regularly on BBC Radio 3’s Freeness programme and the Ambrosia Rasputin show on Resonance FM. After numerous electronica releases and activity in the 90s and 2000s, he now plays using acoustic sources (eg harmonium, toys, objects) with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Confront Recordings / Mark Wastell’s The Seen collective, as well as being a regular contributor to the Lonely Impulse Collective. His collaborators include Alan Wilkinson, Dominic Lash, Blanca Regina, poet Tamar Yoseloff, Angharad Davies, sculptor Rob Olins, Matt Atkins, Lina Lapelyte, Marjolaine Charbin, Sylvia Hallett, Steve Beresford, Hannah Marshall, Adam Bohman, John Edwards, Jennifer Allum, and Sue Lynch.