quartet trio improvisation: Cath Roberts – saxophone
Isidora Edwards – cello
Adrian Northover – saxophone
Douglas Benford – harmonium/objects
Doors 7.30pm | music 8pm | entry £8 cash
Cath Roberts’ work explores free improvisation, composition and the music at their meeting point. Her primary outlet as a composer and improviser on baritone saxophone is the band Sloth Racket, which has toured widely and released several albums. As bandmate, Cath is a member of several groups including Madwort Sax Quartet, Article XI and MoonMot. She has a long-standing duo with guitarist Anton Hunter (Ripsaw Catfish), as well as regular collaborations with Tullis Rennie, Benedict Taylor, Otto Willberg, Seth Bennett and others. Cath co-runs LUME with Dee Byrne, producing concerts, tours and festivals since 2013 and releasing music on their offshoot label Luminous. With Tom Ward and Colin Webster she organises BRÅK, an improvised music series taking place in Brockley, South East London
Isidora Edwards is a Chilean cellist, improviser and composer, currently a PhD Researcher in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is actively exploring the intersection between performativity, materiality and imagination in sound from a feminist perspective. As a solo artist and in collaboration with multidisciplinary artists and ensembles Isidora has taken part in festivals of experimental music and contemporary dance worldwide: Ars Nova Festival Ravensburg, Dara String Festival Berlin & Cologne, 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, a BMus in Music Performance from the Catholic University of Chile. She is a scholarship holder of the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development.
Adrian plays soprano, sopranino and alto saxophones, and is based in London. He can currently be heard playing on the London club scene with a wide range of musicians, including the London Improvisers Orchestra, as well as doing solo saxophone performances. Adrian also works with film/sound and runs ‘Ensemble Kino’, a pool of musicians providing live music to film, as well as the yearly Triptik film night events, involving a stellar cast of improvisers. As well as ‘Jazz Thali’ (Indo -Greek Jazz fusion) with Harvir Sahota (tabla) and Tasos Stamou (bouzouki), he can also be booked to play Bollywood tunes for weddings, either as solo saxophone on in a duo with tabla.
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, Clive Bell, John Edwards, Jennifer Allum, Emily Shapiro and Sue Lynch.