Tony Irving – drums
Sam Andreae – saxophone
Massimo Magee – saxophone
Joshua Weitzel – shamisen / guitar
Tony Irving is a non-linear/Free improvising drummer who formed Ascension in London in 1992 and later teamed up with Stefan Jaworzyn for the classic Ascension line-up. Ascension released 2 CD’s and 2 LP’s and numerous singles. While in Ascension Tony was also a member of Descension (with Stefan Jaworzyn, Simon Fell and Charles Wharf) and Unity Gain (with Neil Mackay and Nigel Webb). Tony has also recorded and played with London improvising legends Paul Dunmall, Alan Wilkinson, the late Lol Coxhill, Pat Thomas and Sonic Youth guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo. Since moving to Australia in 2005 Tony has played solo and in duo performances with Yusuke Akai (guitar) and Neil Mackay (bass/electronics) and most recently recorded and performed with Adam Cadell (violin), Marisa Allen (violin) and Massimo Magee (saxes) and in groups The Impossible (with Mitch Green and Sam O’Brien) and Cyclone Trio (with Massimo Magee and Tim Green).
Sam Andreae (born in Manchester) has been active across Europe over the last decade as a saxophonist, composer and organiser. Through improvisation and composition he explores a music of colliding sound gestures and aural detritus, built up from an intentionally fractured instrumental language and playful spontaneity. His compositions place a focus on gestural processes which in their unraveling reveal a trail of sound artefacts to be picked through.
Recent activities include: work with musicians and artists Toshimaru Nakamura, Neo Hülcker, Tristan Honsinger, Axel Dörner, Andreas Dzialocha, Rodrigo Constanzo, Kelly Jayne Jones, Laurie Tompkins, Susie Whaites, Richard Scott, Cath Roberts, Richard Craig, Otto Willberg, David Birchall, Daysuke Takaoka, Michael Duch, Mette Rasmussen, Christian Wolff and Mio Ebisu; in partnership with City University London, The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester Jazz Festival, Pixel Ache Festival, HOFFNUNG 3000, Tombed Visions (Record Label), SLIP Records, Boreallis Festival, Aarhus Festival Week;
“what Sam Andreae does is liminal music, he shows you the clicks, the noises, the breaths, the rattle and hum” – John Doran, Quietus, 2017 on BBC 3 Late Junction
Joshua Weitzel (*1989 in Kassel) is a musician (Shamisen and Guitar) and curator active mostly in the field of experimental music, contemporary jazz and the grey areas in-between. His music is mainly concerned with exploration of contrast, abstract harmony and dynamics and employs a wide array of extended playing techniques.
Founder of Contemporary Shamisen Duo together with shamisen Master Ryota Saito and Ensemble for Experimental Chamber Music Kassel/Interrogation Quartet together with Chie Nagai, Ulrike Lentz and Massimo Magee, which recently debutet at the “Tage Neuer Musik in Weimar” Festival.
He further works/worked with many musicians from all over the world, among them Yumiko Tanaka, Eddie Prévost, Haco, Matthias Schubert, Liping Ting, Tetuzi Akiyama, Katsura Mouri, Simon Rose and many more.
His concert series and organising activity in Kassel have become a driving force in the local improvised and experimental music scene, hosting many international artists and being supported in 2018 by municipal and federal funding.
Massimo Magee is a writer, artist and musician based in London. His work is wide-ranging, including experimental fiction, text art, sound and image digital art pieces, experimental music (improvised, composed and everything in between), free jazz, radically extended saxophony, electronics, data manipulation and much more. Ensembles include Cyclone Trio (with Tony Irving and Tim Green), Interrogation Quartet (with Ulrike Lentz, Joshua Weitzel and Chie Nagai), Rick Jensen’s Apocalypse Jazz Unit, and many ad hoc groups. He has released albums on Astral Spirits, Kendra Steiner Editions, Copy for Your Records, Lurker Bias and other labels. His audiovisual Manifesto (New Unities) was published in 2017.