Music : Alex Paxton, Maggie Nicols, Hyelim Kim, Isidora Edwards & Douglas Benford. Sunday 19th November 15:30

Live quintet improvisation:

Alex Paxton – trombone
Maggie Nicols – voice
Hyelim Kim – flute
Isidora Edwards – ‘cello
Douglas Benford – harmonium/objects

Doors 3:30 | music 4pm | £5/£8 donation at the door

Alex Paxton
Alex Paxton is a composer & improvising-trombonist based in the UK. He
was elected to the 9th International Composition Seminar with Ensemble
Modern, won an Ivor Novello Award, won Dankworth Jazz and Leverhume
Art Prizes ,a Harriet Cohen Award, as well as represented in the
Orchestral section of the ISCM and Gaudiamus Prize 2022. “This is what
an orchestra can be like in the 21st century: an ensemble that speaks
with one voice yet also gives voice to each of its members” The Times.
He is a commissioned contributor to John Zorn’s Arcana X 2021. His
albums to date: MUSIC for BOSCH PEOPLE released to critical acclaim in
2021 and HAPPY MUSIC for ORCHESTRA & ILOLLI-POP. On labels including
Birmingham Record Company, NMC, Delphian, Non-classical, Listen Pony,
Everest records. He has performed his music as a soloist with leading
orchestras: Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia
Orchestra, Royal National Scottish Orchestra & Ensemble x.y. Further
works include pieces for, London Symphony Orchestra, Ask Schöenberg,
Ensemble Klang, Riot Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, Wigmore
Hall, Explore ensemble, London London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kammer
Klang, BSO, Psappa, BBC proms, NYO and NYJO. “Paxton is a
system-crasher of genre, stylish wit and sophistication and extremely
entertaining…virtuoso ad absurdum.” Musikderzeit Schott. Music theatre
works include 6 operas hosted by English National Opera, Helios
Collective, Tête à Tête Festival. “highly innovative…of exceptional
creative imagination and musical energy, packed with life force unlike
anything else” Ivor Novello Composer Awards Winner.
“This is the most joyous sound I’ve heard in ages!” New York Times.
“A riotous overabundance of love and extraordinary
experience” The Wire.

Maggie Nicols
Maggie Nicols joined London’s legendary Spontaneous Music Ensemble in
1968 as a free improvisation vocalist. She then became active running
voice workshops with an involvement in local experimental theatre. She
later joined the group Centipede, led by Keith Tippets and in 1977,
with musician/composer Lindsay Cooper, formed the remarkable Feminist
Improvising Group. She continues performing and recording challenging
and beautiful work, in music and theatre, either in collaborations
with a range of artists (Irene Schweitzer, Joelle Leandre, Ken Hyder,
Caroline Kraabel) as well as solo.

Hyelim Kim
As composer and taegŭm (Korean flute) soloist, Dr Hyelim Kim has been
using pioneering intercultural/interdisciplinary approaches through
rooted in Korean traditional music. As a taegŭm virtuoso, Kim was
selected as an ‘emerging artist’ by the Korean Arts Council and as the
Kumho Young Artist, has been invited to perform a live session with
Nils Frahm on BBC Radio 3’s celebrated Late Junction, and was the
soloist on the world premier of a taegŭm concertino performed with the
Orchestre de chambre de Paris, to name a few. She has also won prizes
at various acclaimed competitions, including the Gold Medal at the
Korean National Taegŭm Competition and the 1st prize at the Korean
National Chongro Music Competition. Kim has performed at various
prestigious festivals worldwide, including the London Jazz Festival,
Melbourne Women’s Festival (Melbourne), China International Bamboo
Flute Festival (Yuping), the World Classics (England), the Shubbak
Festival (London), and the Creativity Unlimited Festival (Sydney). Kim
is a regular member of the Third Orchestra (Barbican Centre).
Kim has extended her musical practice to the interdisciplinary sphere.
‘Korean Music with Nature’ is a series of videos she directed and
performed in with support from the Korean Ministry of Culture, and PRS
Foundation (UK) funded her ‘Dansang’ short films, which won the Best
Music Award at the Experimental, Dance & Music Film Festival (Los
Angeles) in 2021. Some of Kim’s projects have been documented in her
monograph ‘Tradition and Creativity in Korean Taegŭm Flute
Performance’ published by Routledge in 2021.

Isidora Edwards
Isidora Edwards is a Chilean cellist, improviser and composer,
currently a PhD researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, where
she is actively exploring the ways in which women shape their
performative praxis in sound under patriarchal biases. As a soloist
and in collaboration with artists from different disciplines and
ensembles, she has been part of experimental music and contemporary
dance festivals internationally, including Soundtrips NRW, Germany,
Dara String Festival, Cologne & Berlin, Dança à Deriva ,Brazil,
Gráfica Génesis Series ,Costa Rica, Ende Tymes Festival of Noise New
York, Suture Soven, Soven, Iklectik Ballistik, London, WinterSound
Festival, Canterbury.
Isidora holds a MMus in Creative Practice from Goldsmiths and is a
music performer graduated from the PUC Music Institute, Chile. To date
she lives in London with her son Nicanor and is an ANID Becas Chile
scholarship holder.

Douglas Benford
Douglas Benford, composer and sound artist, has been involved in
various audio genres 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). After numerous
electronica releases in his ‘si-cut.db’ guise, in the past decade he
has focused on acoustic improvisation and installations, using field
recordings, classical instruments, vocals and children’s toys. As well
as playing with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Confront
Recordings / Mark Wastell’s The Seen collective, his regular
collaborators include Blanca Regina, poet Tamar Yoseloff, Angharad
Davies, Lina Lapelyte, Clive Bell, Steve Beresford, Sue Lynch, Adam
Bohman, Jem Finer, sculptor Rob Olins, as well as – in the past – pop
group Saint Etienne, Momus, Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light),
Scanner, Stephan Mathieu and DJ Andrew Weatherall. He was also
co-curator with Iris Garrelfs of the long running Sprawl audio events,
established in 1996, in London.

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