Greta Pistaceci is a multidisciplinary artist, performer and improviser.Though her practice has its start-point in sound, her interests go beyond the sonic field. Two main threads run through her work: firstly, an interest in the potentially transformative power of art and its commonalities with therapy; secondly, a concern with communication and muting, with bringing out possible hidden or subjugated messages. She has aFirst Class Honours BA degree in Sound Arts & Design and a Sound Art MA from the London Collegeof Communication, University of the Arts London.
Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Charlotte Keeffe graduated with a Bachelor of Music Honours degree specialising in Jazz Performance on the trumpet from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She continued her musical journey in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Scholarship Recipient and as a Help Musicians UK Award Winner. Charlotte performs regularly across the UK and internationally as part of several ensembles. She has played at Music Festivals including Glastonbury and accompanied the likes of Will Young, Charlotte Church, Kate Nash, Laura Mvula and Liane Carroll. Fascinated with Improvised Music, Charlotte helped guitarist John Russell establish the Mopomoso Workshop Group. She plays regularly in the London Improvisers Orchestra and has shared concert bills with John Edwards, Steve Noble, John Butcher, Steve Beresford and Mark Sanders. Charlotte performs as a trumpet/flugelhorn Soloist and as part of her trio, Space Painters, with guitarists – Joe Smith Sands and Diego Sampieri. Space Painters had their debut gig at The Vortex in May 2017. Charlotte also has a new Quartet project with a debut album due soon. Charlotte has a duo project with Trumpeter Kim Macari Stone Lonergan and is part of Discus Music’s Martin Archer’s Downtown & Uptown Quintet, which features Dave Kane on bass, Laura Cole on piano, Graham Clark on violin and Peter Fairclough on drums. Charlotte performed in guitarist’s John Russell’s Fête Quaqua 2017 alongside trumpet superstar Henry Lowther and is part of clarinettist’s Alex Ward’s Item 4 and Item 10 Ensembles. During the London Jazz Festival 2017, Charlotte will be performing at Café OTO with legendary American drummer Joe Gallivan and vocalist/composer Alya Al-Sultani.
Alan Wilkinson was a formative part of the Leeds experimental music scene in the 80s, founding the Termite Club and as part of the ferocious Hession/Wilkinson/Fell trio. Since relocating to London in 1990 he has continued to play and promote the music and remains one of the most powerful saxophone voices around today, recently adding bass clarinet to his usual Alto and Baritone. He has played with Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Chris Corsano, Akira Sakata, Thurston Moore, Spiritualized and many others, and is currently active with his Norwegian quartet Akode, Wilkinson/Edwards/Noble, amongst many other projects.
Douglas Benford, composer and sound artist, has been involved in various audio genres 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). After numerous electronica releases in his ‘si-cut.db’ guise, in the past decade he has focused on acoustic improvisation and installations, using field recordings, classical instruments, vocals and children’s toys. His regular collaborators include Blanca Regina, poet Tamar Yoseloff, Angharad Davies, Lina Lapelyte, Clive Bell, Steve Beresford, Sue Lynch, Adam Bohman, Jem Finer, sculptor Rob Olins, as well as – in the past – pop group Saint Etienne, Momus, Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light), Scanner, Stephan Mathieu and DJ Andrew Weatherall. He was also co-curator with Iris Garrelfs of the long running Sprawl audio events, established in 1996, in London.