First set : Duo – Martin Kuchen (saxophone- Sweden) and Steve Noble (percussion)
Second set : SOS trio – Sam Andreae (alto saxophone), Otto Willberg (double bass) and Steve Noble (percussion)
doors 3:30 | music 4pm | £8 cash
Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen has been active in the free improvisation scene since the mid-1990s. Here he performs a rare UK solo set. Küchen is one of the finest experimental soloists on his instrument, capable of a ruthless reduction of his horn to a tube for conducting streams of breath and spittle, we look forward to hearing his richly textured music in the resonant acoustic space of Hundred Years Gallery.
Steve Noble is London’s leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O’Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more. In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90).
Sam Andreae (born in Manchester) has been active across Europe over the last decade as a saxophonist, composer and organiser. Through improvisation and composition he explores a music of colliding sound gestures and aural detritus, built up from an intentionally fractured instrumental language and playful spontaneity. His compositions place a focus on gestural processes which in their unraveling reveal a trail of sound artefacts to be picked through. “what Sam Andreae does is liminal music, he shows you the clicks, the noises, the breaths, the rattle and hum” – John Doran, Quietus, 2017 on BBC 3 Late Junction
Otto Willberg is a London based musician performing on the double bass. He currently performs with the funk/junk/punk band Historically Fucked, Alex Ward’s large groups, Andreae/Birchall/Willberg and leads the naive groove group Early Nite.