Music : Tumbatareco + Alex Ward / Aurelie Freoua. Friday 2nd February 19:30

Loz Speyer – trumpet, flugelhorn, Marcio Mattos – double bass, electronics, and Dave Fowler – drums ~ with improvisational artist Aurelie Freoua

+ Alex Ward solo guitar

Tumbatareco with Alex Ward – guitar, clarinet, and improv painting by Aurelie Freoua

Doors 7.30 | music 8pm | £10 cash

TUMBATARECO is a sound without translation, a rhythm open to interpretation, a composition yet to be composed that cannot be written down … a dynamic and cohesive free-jazz TRIO, with ears wide open to the whole spectrum of moods, textures and sounds. Tumbatareco brings together three musicians with multiple interconnections going back decades, giving the music a feeling of mutual trust and cohesion that isn’t so easy to find. And the TRIO format of trumpet, bass and drums sets out a wide open space in which to clearly hear every member of it contributing in relation the whole. … spontaneous combustion by

Loz Speyer (trumpet), whose improv trajectory began in workshops with John Stevens and Keith Rowe, and at West Square with Phil Wachsmann – and continued as an integral part of By Pass Now Open with Hugh Metcalfe, Freetrio with Tony Marsh, another trio with Tony Bianco, David Leahy’s Musicians in Space, London Improvisers Orchestra, art-music collaboration Spherical Improv, Aurelie Freoua’s Résonances…

Marcio Mattos (bass), whose playing credits go back to the early 70s and include Evan Parker, John Stevens, John Surman, Roswell Rudd, Dewey Redman, By Pass Now Open, London Improvisers Orchestra, David Leahy’s Musicians in Space, Roscoe Mitchell and Marylin Crispell

Dave Fowler (drums), whose musical accomplices include Jim Dvorak, Alan Wilkinson, Roberto Bellatalla, Harrison Smith, Neil Metcalfe, Elton Dean, Maggie Nicols, Loz Speyer, Jerry Wigens, Sue Lynch, London Improvisers Orchestra …

Tumbatareco video

Aurelie Freoua completed an MA in Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts, and since then has been improvising live painting in response to music, including shows during the London Jazz Festival at the Vortex, and during Inntöne Jazz Festival, Austria. She has had several solo shows in London, including ‘Symphony of Colours’. Her artworks have featured in poetry collections including ‘Echoing’ published by Ampersand, her mural ‘Misterioso’ in Shoreditch formed the backdrop for ‘Dancing Wall’ performance, and she has taken part in workshops at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern.

In her own project Résonances, she curates and performs in multidisciplinary, experimental and immersive live performances – merging visual art, improvised music, poetry and dance. She recently joined the team of ‘Women in Jazz Media’ and has collaborated with South Hill Park Arts Centre on a multidisciplinary project ‘Feeling the Beat’. Aurelie explores notions as the invisible, ephemerality and emotion through colours and harmonious compositions of form and light.

Spherical Improv video

Alex Ward‘s diverse musical activities straddle the worlds of free improvisation, contemporary composition and avant rock, and have seen him work with such iconic musical figures as Derek Bailey, Lol Coxhill, Eugene Chadbourne, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker and David Thomas, among many others. His solo guitar performances draw on the full range of his musical language and interests, and combine composed and improvised material in a parallel manner to his Item Series of ensembles (Items 4, 6, 7 and 10, to date). His first solo guitar album Frames was released on Relative Pitch Records in 2020, and comprised six individual pieces encompassing a variety of approaches and moods. On the follow-up, 2021’s The Trade (released on Cafe Oto’s Takuroko imprint), the component compositions were dovetailed into a continuous whole, more closely reflecting the approach of his live solo guitar performances. His repertoire for this occasion will include material from both albums alongside newer as-yet-unreleased pieces.

Alex Ward solo guitar httpsalexward.bandcamp.comalbumthe-trade

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