An Afternoon Impromptu with Terry LeJour. Sunday 20th March 3:30-6:30pm

Terry-Day-2The first of a new series of late afternoon sessions of free improvised music by the legendary Terry Day and some of his occasional collaborators.

Terry Day (bamboo reed pipes, percussion), Guillaume Viltard (double bass), Klaus Bru (saxophone, electronics) and Grahame Painting (cello)

Doors 3:30 | music at 4pm | entry £5/donation

Terry Day is a free improvised music veteran performer with a unique style. Born 1940. Self taught musician. Plus tuition on piano 1951, drums 1957, alto sax 1975. 1957 – 62 Worked in dance bands playing drums. He was a founder member in 1965 of the legendary People Band, in which he played drums and myriad other instruments. Alongside this he contributed to some notable improv bands such as Alterations, which included Steve Beresford, David Toop and Peter Cusack; Derek Bailey’s Company; and The Promenaders with Lol Coxhill. He makes his own bamboo pipes, writes poems and is known to play the balloon.

Guillame Viltard was born in 1975 in the North of Ivory Coast, and grew up in the wild countryside with almost no music. Back in France ten years later, “I felt much better roaming through woodlands than attending school. Nonetheless I did my best, but a double-bass finally came to me in the mid 90s. It is almost like a tree. I have been working hard to play properly for another ten years or so. I hate exams and any kind of competition but I survived classical training and even jazz playing. I like the idea that I could give up with music and do something completely different but it may be wrong. Nice also to think about aesthetics, choices or freedom and being only an experiment in the musical life of one’s very instrument.”

Klaus Bru plays the rare C-melody saxophone and the even rarer C-soprano sax exclusively, often combining them with electronics. His artistic output is characterized by its variety, and his musical concepts are not exactly the ‘out-of-the-box’ type. He brings in the folk music of the world (Eastern Europe, Turkey, Arab Countries, China), avantgarde improv, cold blooded electronic noises and feedback, sounds of breath and saliva, pitches smaller than the distance between two keys on the piano, strange meters and odd tempos, plus, when the time is right, sincere and singable melodies that move the heart.

Grahame Painting plays guitar in the Horseless Headmen and  cello and percussion in Jerico Orchestra and over three decades has contributed cello, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, sound effects and vocals to Family Fodder, of which he has twice been a member. He has performed with many leading instrumentalists on the London experimental music scene.

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