A duo concert by Pascal Marzan (microtonal ten string guitar) & Steve Beresford (piano & electronics) + Faradena Afifi (violin)
Doors 3pm | music 4pm | entry £6
Pascal Marzan is a classically trained improvising musician based in London. After studying classical guitar mainly devoted to the twentieth century repertoire and teaching guitar in several music schools of Budapest in Hungary and France, he is dedicated to free improvisation. His playing has been influenced by his interest in the folk musics of Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. His approach to the guitar is characterized by the search for new sounds including three distinct modes of play : prepared (cutter, knitting needles, metal cylinders, friction, mutes, bottleneck) – for indefinable sounds and sounds of cimbalom, gamelan gongs, koto – as well as flamenco technique (rasgueados and golpes) and classical technique of the twentieth century repertoire.
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. Steve has worked with Christian Marclay on numerous Marclay mixed media pieces. He has also worked with The Slits, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, Satoko Fukuda, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves, Sarah Gail Brand, Lore Lixenberg and 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.