Shopping for Images Album Launch. Friday 14th February 19:30

Three sets to celebrate the release of Shopping for Images on oem records.

Doors 7.30pm | Music from 8pm | £5 entry

Martin Clarke | Otto Willberg | Emil Karlsen

Adam Kinsey | Gabrielle HB

Alex Bonney | Cath Roberts

Martin Clarke is a composer, saxophonist and sound recordist working in improvisation, electroacoustic composition and field recording.

He has released music on his own label (oem) as well as Gruenrekorder, Standard Form, and Trestle Records. He has also appeared on compilations for Winds Measure, Framework Editions, Cronica, Engraved Glass, Audiobulb and Ambolthue Records.

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.

Emil Karlsen, originally from Norway, is a young drummer/improviser currently based in Leeds, UK. He is active on the UK improvised music scene establishing himself as a new, original voice. In 2019 he released his solo record “Flux” followed by a 7 date UK tour. His playing highlights dynamics, timbre and textures, all done with an organic mindset. His work as improviser consists of doing both acoustic solo performances, working in ensembles spanning from duos to octets and beyond, exploring graphic scores with an interest in audio visuals using both digital and analogue medias, all done with a focus on creating boundary-pushing music. His mentality of exploring the sonic possibilities of the drum kit is brought into all of his projects forming his unique expression. He is seen across the UK with various large and small ensembles ranging from being a solo performer to percussionist in the London Improvisers Orchestra. Apart from being a busy performer, he also run the label noumenon – a label for improvised music with a Scandinavian presence.

Adam Kinsey is a sound artist with interests in electronics, free improvisation and transmission arts. Primarily working with modular synth Adam performs sporadically in London at free improv events and has had work broadcast on transmission art platforms such as Radiophrenia Scotland.

Adam’s current projects include the curation and dissemination of work responding to the Newham Folk Archive. Alongside this Adam controls a meandering and largely directionless project called Desire Lines which includes a bi-monthly Threads Radio show, irregular live events and persistently delayed releases.

As one half of improvising duo Littoral Transmissions Adam performs live and broadcast on Resonance Extra and Threads Radio. The project utilises free improvisation, field recording and live collaboration with guest artists. Performances take place on live radio as well as in music venues, galleries, outdoor spaces and festivals such as Fort Process.

Gabrielle HB is a sound artist from Montreal, Canada. She sings, plays synthesizers, does field recording and writes textscores to generate music. She improvises on stage and composes for contemporary musicians and dancers. She is mainly interested in consciousness and searches ways to access more subtlety, slowness and care.

Alex Bonney is a trumpeter, electronic musician and recording/mix engineer and producer based in London.
He leads the Alex Bonney Quartet, is a member of Leverton Fox,, Splice, BABs, Golden Age of Steam, Sefiroth, Olie Brice Quintet, plays in a duo with bassist Dave Kane, performs solo with electronics and in a variety of other improvising ensembles. When not performing Alex works with a variety of artists producing and engineering music for leading jazz, improvised and contemporary music record labels including ECM, HCR, Two Rivers, Whirlwind, Babel, Loop, Jellymould, Not Applicable and Edition. He also works as a music educator and photographer.

Cath Roberts’ work explores free improvisation, composition and the music at their meeting point. Her primary outlet as a composer and improviser on baritone saxophone is the quintet Sloth Racket, which has toured widely and released several albums. She leads ten piece improvising ensemble Favourite Animals, and has a long-standing duo with guitarist Anton Hunter, Ripsaw Catfish. As bandmate, Cath is a member of Madwort Sax Quartet, Vole, Article XI and Alex Ward’s Item 10 amongst other groups. She co-runs LUME with Dee Byrne, producing concerts, tours and festivals since 2013 and releasing music on an offshoot label, Luminous. Cath is also part of the group of musicians who run BRÅK, an improvised music series taking place in Brockley, South East London.

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