This Saturday 27th May, Oxford Improvisers invite Vid Drašler, Tom Jackson and Daniel Thompson. There will be some improvisations with the host group too, and I will be playing piano and maybe organ.
St Columba’s United Reformed Church,
Oxford OX1 4EH
Tickets £8 / £6 on the door
7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Vid Drašler, Tom Jackson and Daniel Thompson met for the first time in the spring of 2016 as part of the CRAM Records residency at FriForma in Ljubljana, Slovenia. During the residency the trio had the fortune to play and record as a trio in Vrhnika, Slovenia and immediately vowed to collaborate again.
Pianist Xenia Pestova will play everything but the piano, presenting a wild mix of unconventional objects and sounds. The performance will include music by Helga Arias Parra for two aerospace engineers with prepared piano and live electronics, Ed Bennett for the Indian harmonium and drones, Christopher Fox for toy piano, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay for the ROLI Seaboard and fantastic world premieres from the participants of the first London Toy Piano Composition Workshop.
I will join Xenia on Omar Peracha‘s Colour Etude II, for 2 toy pianos and electronics.
A late evening performance by Késia Decoté (piano) & Bruno Guastalla(cello + bandoneon)
Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep.
Listening, falling asleep, reading a book, dreaming, being at a concert.
We encourage audience members to come and go as they please during the performance, sit, lie down or stand, according to their whims, bring cushions, blankets.
The programme includes works by Valéria Bonafé, Morton Feldman, Linda Catlin-Smith, Laurence Crane and others, and the UK premiere of ‘Byland’ by Nick Storring.
Késia Decoté is a Brazilian pianist with a rich and diverse career, as a piano soloist, chamber music instrumentalist, musician in theatre productions, and as a member of Oxford Improvisers. Késia has performed concerts to great acclaim in cities including Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Vitória and São Paulo (Brazil), Aveiro (Portugal), Oxford and London (UK). Having a special affinity for contemporary music, she has premiered works by contemporary Brazilian and British composers. Késia is interested in exploring alternative ways to shape her piano recitals, incorporating concepts from theatre and visual arts. kesiadecote.wordpress.com
Bruno Guastalla‘s working life for many years has been as a maker and restorer of violins and cellos. He plays cello and bandoneon and writes music. Bruno tends to gravitate towards an ‘in-between’ improvisation, score, and experimentation. Recent projects: performance with Ryoko Akama, Jurg Frei, Manfred Werder (HCMF 2015); performances of new works by Lawrence Dunn in Cheltenham as part of Set Ensemble, and a piece by Joseph Currie with the Eyot Trio; collaboration with dancer Macarena Ortuzar (Iklectik Gallery London); and ongoing collaborations with Oxford Improvisers. brunoguastalla.net
For our first event of the year we are excited to present a special performance by Philipp Wachsmann and Trevor Taylor. It will relate to a performance in the late 1970s called Three Draft Pistons (ref The Large Glass by Marcel Duchamp) using visuals, tape and live playing, adapted here to the smaller space and ‘now’. The evening will also feature performances by members of Oxford Improvisers (me included).
Philipp Wachsmann has worked with improvisation, the violin and electronics since 1970. He has performed with many of the leading figures in improvised music and recorded for labels including Bead, ECM and FMR.
Trevor Taylor started FMR records in 1987. It became a leading label for improvised music and now has over 500 releases. He has been promoting music for 40 years as well as being a practising musician with 50 years experience.
‘Prepare yourself for a journey into the wild and weird world of surrealist cinema with a double screening of two of the classics of early Experimental Film.
Written by Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel, Un Chien Andalou remains one of the oddest movie experiences available, with dreamscape imagery and non-sequiturs galore.
Man with a Movie Camera, directed by Dziga Vertov – the first film without a plot, characters, or anything really representing a narrative – is a masterpiece of city documentary, depicting an obscure and distorted view of Moscow from the height of Soviet abstract art.
Both films will be prefixed by brief introductions and a news reel from 1929 will also be screened. Wine and popcorn will be available. £3 entry.’
That will be a totally new experience for me – to do a live soundtrack for a silent movie – and I am looking forward very much to it!
On Saturday 4th February I played ‘Kalimba’ for toy piano and playback, piece by Karlheinz Essl, at Xenia Pestova‘s toy piano composition workshop at Iklectik. What a honour to work with Xenia, who I admire so much, and to meet such talented composers!
On the 18th March Xenia will be premiering the pieces those composers are writing for her, and I will join her in a toy piano duo on Omar Peracha‘s work. 8pm, £9/£6, at Iklectik. Save the date!