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Friday 21st June 2013

Main Gallery:
-  The premiere of Patrick Farmer’s score A tree / is as complicated as is / A word performed by Angharad Davies, Sarah Hughes, Kostis Kilymis, Daniel Jones, Paul Khimasia Morgan and Patrick Farmer.
-  Sarah Hughes & Kostis Kilymis
-  Loris [Patrick Farmer/Sarah Hughes/Daniel Jones]
Main Gallery Ante Room:
-  Nil

Angharad Davies is a violinist based in London.  She is an active performer in contemporary, improvisation and experimental music both as a soloist and within ensembles.  Since making London her base in 2002 she has developed a specific approach to the violin, extending the sound possibilities of the instrument by attaching and applying objects to the strings or by sounding unexpected parts of the instrument's body.  She is dedicated to exploring and expanding sound production on the violin.


Sarah Hughes is an artist and musician based in the UK.  She plays zither and piano in improvising groups and as a founding member of the Set Ensemble, a group of musicians dedicated to the performance of contemporary composition.  She performs with long-term collaborators Patrick Farmer, Daniel Jones and Stephen Cornford and has also performed with musicians such as Antoine Berger, Seijiro Murayama, Angharad Davies and Jurg Frey.  She has performed throughout the UK and Europe, and has participated in various international festivals such as Blurred Edges in Hamburg, i and e in Dublin and Cut and Splice in London.  She is the co-founder of Compost and Height, curating projects such as Michael Pisaro’s Only [Harmony Series #17], Manfred Werder, Ben Owen and Patrick Farmer’s New Works and the current Water Yam Project.

Kostis Kilymis is an artist focusing on feedback systems and representation in musical performance and artistic practice.  His main instrument is the mixing board, through which he captures and manipulates electroacoustic phenomena, pre-recorded material and electronically generated sound.  He has been an improviser, performer and collaborator -his encounters including Lucio Capece, Nikos Veliotis, Leif Elggren, Sarah Hughes, Stephen Cornford and Phil Julian amongst others.

Daniel Jones is an improvising musician based in Brighton, England.  One third of the group LORIS, (with Patrick Farmer and Sarah Hughes), and an ex-member of Tierce, (alongside Ivan Palacky and Jez riley French), he has had music released on the Another Timbre, Cathnor and Roeba labels.


Paul Khimasia Morgan  has releases on Absence of Waxengraved glass, con-V, Cronica and TSOKL.  He edited all six issues of the zine Honest Music For Dishonest Times from 2001-2009.  Paul curates aural detritus concert series.

Patrick Farmer

Sarah Hughes & Kostis Kilymis started working as a duo in 2012.  Their collaboration has resulted in a couple of hours of improvised music, an interpretation of a George Brecht score, and a fixed document in the shape of the Consumer Waste cdr edition 'The Good Life'.

LORIS are Patrick Farmer, Sarah Hughes and Daniel Jones.

Nil  Acoustic improv for wind, glass and metal.
Nil is Chris Parfitt on wind instruments, voice and found objects and Dan Powell on singing bowls, glass harmonica, found objects and voice. They started performing together in August 2011 and combine free improvisation with elements of performance art.
Chris Parfitt has been on the improv scene for many years and is a member of the Brighton Safehouse improvising collective. As an improvisor He is a member of 4thirtythree with Tim Wood and Stuart Revill, and also Noteherder and Mccloud with Geoff Reader. Chris plays wind instruments, piano and electronics. He has collaborated with Chris Cook (Hot Roddy Ramshaw/Remote) and most recently with Dan Powell in Nil.
Dan Powell began making sound for installation works in the mid 90′s. Since moving to Brighton he has concentrated on experimental and improvised music using laptop, guitar and tuned percussion. He is a member of Brighton based collective Spirit of Gravity and has performed across the UK. His work has been played on WFMU and BBC Radio 3. As well as performing with Chris in Nil he is currently working with Gus Garside in their duo The Static Memories and their first album will be released in late 2012.

Saturday 22nd June

Main Gallery:

EMB Ortolan
These tiny birds - captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnac - were roasted whole and eaten that way, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas and, some believe, to hide from God.  Music by EMB Ortolan has been published by Hive Music, TSOKL and The Sound Projector.  http://euphoniousmurmurblend.blogspot.co.uk/


Neil Luck  is a composer and performer based in London.  His works have been performed by numerous ensembles and soloists in the UK, Europe, Canada and Japan, as well as on BBC radio 3 and Resonance FM.  As a performer, and creative director, Neil has worked appeared at leading venues and festivals in the UK and internationally, including the ICA, Kings Place, Whitechapel Gallery, the Tate Britain, in Vilnius as part of the 2009 Capital of Culture celebrations, and has appeared as a guest twice at the Tokyo Experimental Festival, Japan.  He is the founder of ARCO - an experimental string ensemble, and is a co-founder of Squib-box; an artist led cooperative dedicated to the production, recording and dissemination of contemporary avant-garde music.


Hakarl  "Paraphrasing Schnittke (in several senses) - 'I write a chord down on the page, and it rusts'; Hákarl isn't so much the deleterious failure of rust but an aspiration towards that atrophy.  Would that, in haughty polemics, I could bear authentic witness to mourning..."

Jason Williams & Dan Palmer


David Birchall  I am a musician based in Manchester. I am self-taught as a guitarist from the age of 14 using improvising as a learning and performing model alongside writing and performing music in a wide variety of groups which exist at various points along the continuum between composition and improvisation. I have toured widely in the UK and Europe.  Music I have made has been featured on BBC1, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music and Resonance FM.  I have also worked with dancers, performers, filmmakers and visual artists in The Lowry Theatre, Salford, The Greenroom, Manchester, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, Whitworth Gallery and the Arnolfini, Bristol.  I hold a Post Graduate Teaching Diploma and am active as an educator.  I run a monthly improvising workshop with two colleagues and can also offer guitar lessons for beginners onwards.  I am also helping promote an ongoing concert series of improvised & experimental music with friends as Tubers Music.
"I think he uses spoons, pieces of wood, round objects, saucers maybe, that dance around and do all sort of weird things.  All along Birchall plays the strings and does that in a nervous hectic way, certainly in ‘Play As Parable’ and the tracks that follow after that – roughly the second half of the release.  Quite a blast, but a very nice one.  Totally crazy, wild playing.”
- Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

Paul Khimasia Morgan  See Friday 21st.


Embla Quickbeam  Emerging from a netherworld of spectral radiophonics and atmospheric ambience, the Brighton-based Embla Quickbeam, once a member of ritualistic supergroup Leopard Leg, is a paragon of creeping malice and subtle disquiet.  Her off-kilter symphonies of haunted rapture and discordant dreamscapes are a glimpse into a kingdom of unsettling beauty, and a monocle for the third eye.  Embla Quickbeam is the moniker of the audio investigations of Rowan Forestier-Walker.


Richard Scott’s Lightning Ensemble  Richard Scott is an electroacoustic composer and free improviser living in Berlin working with analogue modular synthesizers and alternative controllers such as the Buchla Thunder and Lightning and his own self-designed WiGi infra red controller developed at STEIM. He has been composing and performing improvised music for over 25 years, producing, performing and recording with artists such as Evan Parker, Twinkle³, Edward Barton, Clive Bell, Olaf Rupp, David Ross and Grutronic. He studied improvisation with John Stevens, saxophone with Elton Dean and Steve Lacy, action theatre improvisation with Sten Rudstrom and electroacoustic composition with David Berezan and Ricardo Climent.
His work has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4, International Computer Music Conference, London Jazz Festival, BEAM, Bratislava NEXT Festival of Advanced Music, SARC Sonorities Belfast, Berlin Interaktion Improvised Music Festival and MANTIS Electroacoustic Music Festival, Manchester. He is a long term artistic resident at STEIM in Amsterdam, sometimes a Lecturer in Music at Lancaster University and co-curator of two underground experimental, improvised and electronic concert series in Berlin: AUXXX Berlin and Basic Electricity.


Daniel Spicer  is a writer, broadcaster and improviser based in Brighton.  He is a member of the chaotic electro-acoustic improvising sextet, Bolide, and the free-jazz unit, West Hill Blast Quartet.  Daniel also performs solo works of sound poetry, spoken word and improvisation, and has released two solo CDs on The Slightly Off Kilter Label: Engruntled (2011) and YLVMLVY (2013).  He presents a weekly radio show, The Mystery Lesson, on Brighton's Radio Reverb 97.2FM, playing new releases in avant-garde improvised music.  He is a regular contributor to The Wire and Jazzwise magazines and is currently working on books about Peter Brotzmann and Turkish psychedelic music.  He could do with a holiday, or at least a nap.


Grundik Kasyansky  (b. 1974, Moscow) is a London-based musician who works in experimental improvisation, live installation, audio collage, and designs sound for dance, theatre and film.  He wrote poetry before switching to electronic music and it deeply influenced his current practice.


Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga  (b. 1981, Thessaloniki, Greece) is a musician and a linguist based in London.  She is active in experimental and improvised music since 2006.  She plays the zither, a string instrument, and uses ebows and objects on its resonance box to produce sustained or granulated sounds.  Her approach focuses on the interplay between spontaneity and elaborate techniques.  She has performed solo, in long-term collaborations or in occasional formations with Jennifer Allum, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Matt Davis, Axel Dörner, Phil Durrant, Ferran Fages, Anastasis Grivas, Franz Hautzinger, Robin Hayward, Chris Heenan, Ute Kanngieser, Grundik Kasyansky, Tisha Mukarji, Ivan Palacký, Eddie Prévost, Henrik Olsson, Christine Sehnaoui, Birgit Ulher and Daichi Yoshikawa among others.  Her first solo album “stroke by stroke” was released in 2011.  Recently, she released ‘outwash’, a trio with Angharad Davies (violin) and Tisha Mukarji (piano), and recorded several compositions for the Wandelweiser und so weiter boxset, both on Another Timbre.  http://www.strokebystroke.net


Szilárd [Jeremy Young]  Szilárd plays "New Sound Works For The Short Films of T.Nishikawa".
Tomonari Nishikawa’s silent experimental 16mm films are gorgeously realized tone poems that deconstruct and reassemble the cinematic frame.  Beauty is confronted with its edges, doubled over, layered, cut, scratched and faded.  Sound-artist Jeremy Young (aka szilárd and co-founder of Palaver Press) has composed textural scores that mimic Nishikawa’s surface tensions and manipulations by dubbing material to reel-to-reel tape and actively incorporating similar looping, splicing and hole-piercing techniques to his audio.  Young also incorporates shifting tonal patterns of sine-wave frequencies and contact mic’d objects to colour the sound palette of these pieces.
www.palavermusic.com  Tomonari Nishikawa (JP/US)  http://tomonarinishikawa.com/


Dirar Kalash  (b. 1982, Palestine).  Dirar works with live performance, combining text, sound, image, video and movement. Regularly using free and open-source software in the field of real-time audio and video and image processing, he is also a multi-instrumentalist and engages in musical composition and free improvisation. His work is based on everyday life as a phenomenon, which is then subjected to live processing, composition and decomposition in order to transcend time and matter to a ritualistic live performance.
Some of his group participations include a live audio-video performance for the 2011 /si:n/ Festival of Video Art and Performance in Ramallah, and a video and sound installation for the 2011 Open Studio exhibition at the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre (Ramallah), in addition to an almost regular musical performances in the range of free and improvised music in Palestine and Egypt.


Noteherder & McCloud / _minimalVector  We are a Brighton based duo, Geoff Reader and Chris Parfitt, working with a fairly limited acoustic environment which we are attempting to explore. Chris plays Soprano sax and occasionally shouts, Geoff plays with Synthesisers and effects pedals. He also occasionally shouts.
For this performance we are working with Bartosz Dylewski who uses his own audio visual system (_minimalVector) to transform our sounds into visual transformations of empty jpegs and photographs. Sometimes we get a pseudo narrative going on, mostly it's just an immersive audio visual experience that transforms the world into some strange grey place beyond psychedelia.
This year we have CDs: On Slightly off Kilter "The bottle loose in the drawer" and Exotic Pylon "South Coast Lines".
Chris is also a member of nil who are also playing during the concert series, 4thirtythree and The Barrow Boys. Geoff is taking it easy as a member of Idiot Drone Farm.

Sunday 23rd June

Main Gallery:



Iris Garrelfs’ traces / inofwith / sound  ‘In following Garrelfs’ vocal project, and the abstracted processing that in the end comes to release the voice into new configuration, I’m also led to hear her work as giving new sensuality to the electronic body.’ Brandon LaBelle, 2011

Iris Garrelfs is a soundartist and composer “generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing” as the Wire Magazine put it.  Others have compared her musical output to Philip Glass, Joan La Barbara and Henri Chopin.
Iris looks at interrelatedness, patterns and interaction through performances, mixed media projects and recordings.  Moulding complex collages, her solo work has been featured in exhibitions and festivals internationally including the Royal Academy Of Arts, Gaudeamus Live Electronics Festival, Visiones Sonoras, International Computer Music Conference and more.  Collaborations include Scanner and Thomas Koner (Futurist Manifest,at Rencontres Internationales, Madrid) amongst many others.
Now in its 16th year, Iris is one of the founding directors/curators of Sprawl, advocating experimental sound through live events and recordings, which has seen collaborations with the Tate Modern, the Goethe Institute featuring internationally renowned artists such David Toop, Vladislav Delay, Pole and many more.  She is currently an AHRC PhD research fellow at LCC, London.  In a previous incarnation as photographer she has been published by magazines such as The Wire, Mary Claire and others.


Tony Bevan  Bass, Tenor & Soprano saxophones.
After studying classical flute at secondary school, at the age of sixteen Tony Bevan began playing the soprano saxophone, inspired by the dislocated rhythms of Captain Beefheart and the endless repetitions of Terry Riley (for good or ill, influences that have stayed with him to this day), and with encouragement from Aylesbury town boy Lol Coxhill, who was kind enough to give him his first soprano lesson and point him in roughly the right direction.  A year later he bought a tenor saxophone, and quickly added Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman and Warne Marsh to his list of influences.  Around this time he also discovered the music of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker and Han Bennink via Topography of the Lungs and was drawn haplessly into the world of Improvised music.
In the years since Bevan has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, appearing with numerous European and American musicians, (particularly Americans, such as Joe Morris, Barre Phillips, Jeb Bishop, Michael Zerang, Chris Corsano, Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, Sonny Simmons, Bobby Few, Odean Pope, Sabir Mateen, Damon Smith), as well as featuring in legendary drummer Sunny Murray’s European trio.  This group, established in 2004, has now released four recordings (“Home Cooking in the U.K”, “The Gearbox Explodes!”, “Boom Boom Cat” and “I Stepped onto a Bee”) and featured in the celebrated documentary on Murray, “Sunny’s Time Now!”.  Bevan was also in Murray’s Big Band (also in the film).  Bevan and Murray continue to play and record together
The other major figure in Bevan’s musical life was the late, great Derek Bailey.  Bevan appeared many times with Bailey's Company, and released his first CD (“Original Gravity”) on Bailey's Incus label.  A further record on Incus, “Bigshots” with bassist Paul Rogers and percussionist Steve Noble, was released in 1992.  He continued to play and record with Derek until the guitar master’s untimely death in 2005, recording in duo (“Under Tracey’s Bed”), in Derek’s group Limescale, with Otomo Yoshihide (“Good Cop Bad Cop”), and with Bruise, Bevan’s own group.  Bruise was formed in 2004, and featured a line-up of Bevan, Orphy Robinson on vibes, Ashley Wales of Spring HeelJack on electronics and John Edwards and Mark Sanders on Bass and drums respectively.  They have released three recordings, (including the one with Bailey), and are widely regarded, particularly in America, as one of the most important contemporary working bands – e.g. “all that Supersilent would like to be, but aren’t” stated Timeout.
Bevan has also performed with Fourtet; Tony Buck (of The Necks) , Matthew Bourne, Steve Reid, J-Spaceman/Spiritualised (he is a featured soloist on their latest album), Luc Ferrari, Phil Minton and many, many others, and is currently acting as a consultant for Antoine Prum’s film on British improvised music; “Just Not Cricket”.  Tony Bevan runs the Foghorn label.

“Already a contemporary giant of the saxophone” - Point of Departure, U.S.A
“The world’s greatest improvising Bass saxophonist” - Timeout.
“Tony Bevan likes to jokily acknowledge the terrifying power of his signature axe, the bass saxophone – his label is called Foghorn, after all, and this new power-trio outing rightly goes by the name of Monster Club. But though he can be a sonic terrorist in the Brötzmann/Wilkinson vein, I prefer to think of him as just as much a Harry Carney rhapsodist – listen to the way he caresses a note during the quieter moments of this album's centrepiece, "This is Murder", or to his tender flutters and chromatic waverings on "You're telling me!". He also has a taste for jaunty, elbows-out rhythms that make him virtually a second percussionist in this kind of group, which is one reason why this encounter with whirlwind drummer Chris Corsano (best known for his fearsome duo with Paul Flaherty, though he's also been spotted lately in a trio with Evan Parker) is especially memorable:” - Nate Dorward, U.S on “Monster Club”.


Lama Dalai  is the joint effort of Brighton based composers/improvisers Johannah Henderson & Duncan Harrison. The project bases itself around themed or conceptually driven performances while the components of Henderson and Harrison's works vary radically in each case. Thus far, Lama Dalai have incorporated texts, field recordings, scores, chance operations and home built instrumentation into their ongoing experimentation in liminal stages between structure and improvisation.

Gus Garside  (double bass and electronics) has worked in a variety of musical settings – jazz, contemporary music, pop, cabaret, dance, theatre and most importantly, improvised music where he has performed with many leading players.  Gus formed Arc in 1988 and their third album the pursuit of happiness was released on Emanem Records in 2009.  He formed In Sand in 2004 and their first album Whatever came out mid 2008.  Gus is part of the Brighton Safehouse collective.
“…where he differs from the average jazz bassist is in the range of sonorities he conjures from his instrument”  -  Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD

Simon Drinkwater  is at the moment exploring polyphony.  He uses voice as the sole sound source and relays it through both tape and digital delay; using the digital on a long slow decaying loop which picks up microtonal mumblings and forms them into undulating swathes of choral drone, reminiscent of Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna.  His improvisations incorporate shifting chord changes, feedback and rhythmic fragments of psycho-babble sound poetry.  Simon also plays improvised music on the harp.

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