Phoebe Bognár / Crystabel Riley / Daniel Thompson / Tom Wheatley / Douglas Benford. Sunday 22nd September 19:30

Phoebe Bognár
Phoebe Bognár is an Australian-born flutist, composer and improviser. Her approach to music is sewn with vibrancy and diversity, and explores a range of approaches, styles and configurations. Phoebe has been a featured artist in concerts, festivals and exhibitions around the globe notably the Nief-Norf Summer Music Festival (Knoxville, Tennessee), Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival (MASS MoCA, Massachusetts), Upper Partialism (QLD, Australia), New Sounds Brisbane (QLD, Australia) and the Tyalgum Music Festival (NSW, Australia).  She has performed and collaborated alongside several established artists including Anne LeBaron, Simone de Haan, Tim Munro, Erkki Veltheim and Emma Bäcklund and ensembles including The London Improvisers Orchestra, Ecosono and Clocked Out Duo. Phoebe holds a passion for expanding musical horizons through cross-disciplinary collaboration, improvisation and performing and supporting new works by emerging and established composers. She has performed several world-premiers to date, including works by Julian Day, Jasmin Leung, Gerard Brophy and Catherine Likhuta. As a composer, Phoebe experiments with traditional notation, graphic scores, site-specific composition and installations.

Crystabel Riley
During the late naughties Crystabel Riley toured Japan and Europe using drums, electronics and make-up in noise trio Maria and the Mirrors. This was the start of her interest in patterns on skins – human and drum. She was later encouraged – and welcomed – into the Horse Improvised Music Club by Daniel Thompson and Sue Lynch respectively. This instantly consolidated into weekly playing with Sue, who she still collaborates with. She is currently working on the multi-format duo project @xcrswx with Seymour Wright. This contrasts the LIVE (evolved sounds / patience / relentless) and the ANDROID (cropped media [sounds+visuals] / impatience / InstantPublication).

Daniel Thompson
Daniel Thompson is a guitarist and improvising musician currently living in Hackney, London. He was born in Norfolk, England in 1981 and other than a couple of years playing violin as a child, his musical studies didn’t seriously begin until his late teens. Largely self-taught, after moving to London in 2006 Daniel embarked upon a life changing period studying with the guitarist John Russell for two years, who “provided me with one of the richest and most rewarding musical experiences of my life”. A part of the fertile London improvising music scene Daniel has also played at many other venues across the UK and Europe. As well as being a musician Daniel has been organising concerts since 2007 and his monthly improvised music concert series entitled ‘Foley Street’ takes place in London’s west end. As well as performing solo and with other musicians in many ad-hoc improvising situations Daniel also performs in long-term collaborations or “working groups”. Recent collaborations (both ad-hoc and long-term) have seen Daniel performing with Neil Metcalfe, Benedict Taylor, Adam Bohman, Simon Rose, Ricardo Tejero, Steve Noble, Alex Ward, Phil Durrant, Kay Grant, Roland Ramanan, Mark Sanders, Terry Day, Anton Mobin, Tom Jackson, Julie Kjaer, Javier Carmona and Guillaume Viltard amongst many others.

Tom Wheatley
Tom Wheatley is an artist and musician based in London. His current projects include a duo previously containing clothes, stands, close-mikings and dog hair with Ilana Blumberg; a long-standing duo with Billy Steiger, releasing it’s first public material soon; a new recording project with Iain Hetherington; various lineups & outputs with Daniel Blumberg, often including Billy Steiger, Ute Kanngiesser, Elvin Brandhi and Jim White; a duo with Grundik Kasyansky, currently finishing it’s first release, and the trio Denis D’or, with Yoni Silver also and an ongoing solo practice, documented on the album Double Bass, the Machine Bass recording series, and here.

Douglas Benford

As a composer and sound artist, Douglas has been involved in various audio genres since the late 1980s, performing at many institutions/venues in the UK (Bristol’s Arnolfini, London’s Science Museum, Cafe Oto, Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, ICA and Glasgow’s CCA), festivals worldwide (Mutek, Synch, Transmediale) and had installation work in numerous UK galleries (Inc. London, Swansea, Gloucestershire and Essex). After many electronica releases in his ‘si-cut.db’ and other guises, in the past decade he has focused on acoustic improvisation and installations, using field recordings, classical instruments, vocals and children’s toys. As well as often playing with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Confront Recordings/ Mark Wastell’s The Seen collective, his regular collaborators include Blanca Regina, poet Tamar Yoseloff, Angharad Davies, Lina Lapelyte, Steve Beresford, Adam Bohman, Clive Bell, Mandhira De Saram, sculptor Rob Olins, as well as – in the past – pop group Saint Etienne, Jem Finer, Momus, Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light), Scanner, Stephan Mathieu and Andrew Weatherall. He was also co-curator with Iris Garrelfs, established in 1996, of Sprawl audio events in London for over 12 years.

Doors 7:30 | music 8pm | entry £5

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