Duo and quintet improvisations:
Mirei Ya – trumpet/movement
Douglas Benford – objects/harmonium
On melodicas for the Multiples:
Steve Beresford, Georgina Brett, Martin Hackett, David Grundy & Douglas Benford
Doors 3.30 | music 4pm | £8/£10 donation at the door
Mirei Ya is a trumpet player, also employing voice and movement. Mirei is an experienced improvising dancer and an artist who explores memory within body and the movement. Having studied fine art, trained Butoh and BodyWeather, through performance, she explores how we construct and share reality. She is also currently studying neuroaesthetics, investigating the meaning and role of art creation and appreciation in life from a scientific perspective.
Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics, and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn, and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack). He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows, and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams of Musics and Collusion magazines, writes about music in various contexts, and was a senior lecturer in music at the University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of Unpredictable Series, which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art. Steve has worked with Christian Marclay on numerous Marclay mixed media pieces. He has also worked with The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves, Lore Lixenberg and many others. Beresford has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, free-improviser, composer and producer, and was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012. In 2021, Bloomsbury published a book by Andy Hamilton: ‘Pianos, Toys, Music and Noise: Conversations with Steve Beresford’.
Georgina (BMus MA in Electro-acoustic music), focuses mainly on vocal compositions in ambient, minimalist and electro-acoustic styles. Currently absorbed in all things spatial, she has had 6 pieces performed on ambisonic rigs to date, including a week long residency at Stonenest, London learning how to use 4DSOUND immersive rig. Currently transferring her live vocal-looping techniques to computer based ambisonic 3D spatializations. Performing in USA, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, Geogina has worked with artists including: Eatstatic, Youth and Alabama 3. She has also recently begun performing using her own poetry. She runs Tuesdays Post : Live Progressive Ambient, a series of concerts in London.
As a composer and sound artist, Douglas Benford has been involved in various audio genres since the late 1980s, performing at many institutions/venues in the UK (Bristol’s Arnolfini, London’s Science Museum, Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, ICA and Glasgow’s CCA), festivals worldwide and had installation work in numerous UK art spaces. He is a regular contributor to the London Improvisers Orchestra, as well as playing with Confront Recordings’ The Seen collective. His collaborators in recent years have included Blanca Regina, Adam Bohman, Angharad Davies, Dominic Lash, Chris Hill, Martin Vishnick, Verity Lane, Crystabel Riley, poet Tamar Yoseloff, Olivia Moore, Matt Atkins, Lina Lapelyte, Jem Finer, Clive Bell, John Edwards, Jennifer Allum, Sue Lynch, sculptor Rob Olins and many more.
Martin Hackett, a member of Oxford Improvisers and the Muzzix collective in Lille, France, has been playing improvised music of one sort or another for as long as he can remember.
David Grundy is a poet and scholar based in London. He is the author of Present Continuous (Pamenar Press), and A Black Arts Poetry Machine: Amiri Baraka and the Umbra Poets (Bloomsbury Academic) and co-editor, with Lauri Scheyer, of Selected Poems of Calvin C. Hernton (Wesleyan University Press). He co-runs the small press MATERIALS/MATERIALIEN.