Music : Heather Roche, Benjy Sandler & Douglas Benford Friday 12th April 19:30

Live trio improvisation:

Heather Roche (clarinet), Benjy Sandler (saxophone) & Douglas Benford (harmonium/objects)

Doors 7.30 | music 8pm | £8/£10 donation
Heather Roche
Born in Canada, clarinetist Heather Roche trained in England, lived in Germany for 7 years and now lives in London. In 2015 she formed a duo with the German accordionist Eva Zöllner, with whom she has performed at the Venice Biennale, MIXTUR festival (Barcelona), the Darmstadt Summer Courses, Gaudeamus (Holland), and the Bludenzer Tage (Austria). They also toured extensively in Mexico (2019), Sweden (2021, Colombia (2022), and Brazil (2023). They have commissioned dozens of new pieces for their duo, including works by Annika Socolofsky, Elnaz Seyedi, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Christopher Fox, Johan Svensson, and Matthew Shlomowitz. She has played with Apartment House (London) since 2016. With them, she has recorded 23 CDs for the Another Timbre label, and the ensemble is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at Wigmore Hall.  She plays regularly with Modern Nature, performing on their 2023 release, No Fixed Point in Space, and live at Murmurations Festival, at Kings Place, and at Cafe Oto. She also performs in a trio with Modern Nature frontman Jack Cooper and double bassist Dominic Lash. She was a member of Mimitabu (Gothenburg) from 2018-2020, and she was a founding member of hand werk, a 6-person chamber music ensemble based in Cologne, and worked with the group from 2010-2017. She has performed with ensembles and orchestras including Musikfabrik (Cologne), the WDR Orchestra (Cologne), mimitabu (Gothenburg), the London Symphony Orchestra (London), the London Sinfonietta (London), ensemble Garage (Cologne), ensemble interface (Berlin), the Riot Ensemble (London), the Alisios Camerata (Zagreb), manufaktur für aktuelle musik (Frankfurt), and ensemble proton (Bern). She has solo CDs out on the HCR/NM, Métier and another timbre labels.

“ An adrenaline shock to the UK new music scene…” – Kate Molleson, BBC Radio 3

“The Queen of Clarinet Multiphonics” – Sara Mohr-Pietsch, BBC Radio 3

“…multiphonic virtuosity” – The Guardian

“…undoubtedly one of the great instrumentalists of her generation.” – Graham McKenzie, Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

“Roche expertly navigates the wide and persistent large intervals” – The Clarinet

Benjy Sandler
Benjy Sandler is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from North London. He is currently studying for a Master in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Recent performance highlights include playing twice at the EFG London Jazz Festival – both with his own co-led quintet and with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra – and regular concerts with the London Improvisers Orchestra. He has released and appeared on multiple albums, the latest of which attracted the praise of Jazz FM. As well as performing on and composing for acoustic instruments, he likes to explore electronics and has produced pieces that use wavetable synthesis to manipulate acoustic sounds; one of these was featured at the “Polyphonic” exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in Euston in 2023.

Douglas Benford
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.

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