Music : The Chemical Expansion League. Saturday 6th April 19:30

Doors 7.30pm | Music 8pm | £7/£10 cash

Sophie Sleigh-Johnson – tapes, spoken word
Adam Bohman – amplified object & strings,text
Sue Lynch – tenor saxophone, flute
Ulf Mengersen – double-bass
Adrian Northover – saxophoneses, electronics

Sophie Sleigh-Johnson of Southend-on-Sea is a writer, artist, and performer. She is concerned with the esoteric ground rock of comedy, in work distributed across text, cassette, sonic environments, lino prints and local newspapers. All these elements of her practice are part of an ongoing investigation into the magico-materialist temporality of place as a disorienting substrate. Her latest sound output in this vein is the cassette album Nuncio Ref! released by the independent label Crow Versus Crow.

Adam Bohman: London-based composer, performer and artist Adam Bohman (b.1959)has ploughed a singular path in music since the mid 70s. He studied with Phil Wachsmann at the City Lit in the early 80s. This led to the formation of Morphogenesis, an innovative live electro-acoustic group. A workshop group at the Cockpit Theatre around the same time spawned Diastolic Murmurs, a music theatre duo with artist Crow. Since then, he has been very active in the free improvised music scene of London – playing in many ad hoc combinations and organising concerts. He is a member of the London Improvisers Orchestra. Over the years, he has recorded sessions for BBC Radio 3 and his music is broadcast regularly. He has toured in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Japan.

Sue Lynch currently runs ‘The Horse Improvised Music Club’ with Adam Bohman and Adrian Northover.  Performs with Adam Bohman, Eddie Prevost, Anna Homler, Steve Noble, Crystabel Riley, Caroline Kraabel, Hutch Demouilpied, Sharon Gal , Daniel Thompson, John Edwards and Nathan Moore.
Currently a  member of the Psychedelic Afro Beat Sudanese band ‘The Scorpios’.
In 2016 she formed, ‘Paradise Yard’, an electro acoustic ensemble, featuring women improvisers, performing at Iklectik, Cafe Oto and The ICA. In 2018, she performed at 3 Klange Tag Music &Word Festival, Switzerland with Hildegard Kleeb, at Womad BBC Stage and, Tusk Festival and Guess Who Festival with The Scorpios. Solo performance at Pied Nu Festival,  Le Havre 2019. Recent releases with FMR records with ‘Dial’, a quartet featuring, Sue Lynch, Dawid  Frydyk, John Edwards and Dave Fowler and ‘Secant/Tangent’ (dxdy recordings) with Crystabel Riley and Nathan Moore.‘Blue Tapes-Minaru’,with Anna Homler, Dave Tucker and Adrian Northover. Interview in October 2023  Wire Magazine, for Blue Tapes release ‘Minaru’.

Ulf Mengersen is a bass player who is active in the fields of experimental, improvised and contemporary music. On the double bass he is producing a huge variety of sounds using the bow, his fingers and other materials, always searching for new colors. Since he finished his studies at the Franz Liszt Hochschule Weimar in 2007, he is based in Berlin. He is a member of the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra, plays in the quintet “Dicoveries”,  “The Chemical Expansion League” and the trio “True Stomach Of A Bird” (with Lina Allemano – trumpet and Kamil Korolczuk – modular synth). In 2018-19 he was part of the theater production “Ich, Ikarus” at the Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin. He played concerts in England, Italy, Portugal, China, Taiwan, Poland, Romania and Switzerland. Current releases on “creative sources” (Portugal) and „citystream“ (UK).

Adrian Northover plays alto and soprano saxophone and electronics, and also works with  sound production and photography. He can currently be heard playing on the London club scene,  playing with a wide range of musicians.
He has made recordings with B Shops for the Poor, The Remote Viewers, The London Improvisers Orchestra, Ensemble Trip-Tik, The Runcible Quartet, Anna Homler, Steve Beresford, Dave Tucker, John Edwards, Vladimir Miller, Sue Lynch, Adam Bohman, Marcio Mattos, Tasos Stamou, Daniel Thompson , Marcello Magliocchi and many others.
He has performed at many international festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium, Victoriaville, Leipzig Jazz Festival, Tallin Festival, Arkangel Jazz, Freedom Of The City, Bari Jazz and others.
Adrian is also involved in running the Horse Improvised Music Club.

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