Tue 15 May – Concert with Oxford Improvisers (special guest Marcio Mattos)

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I am very happy to be part of the next Oxford Improvisers’ concert at The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station. These bimonthly performances are always a feast of creativity and good free music, frequently featuring great musicians from the improvisation scene across the world, alongside our brilliant Oxford Improvisers’ musicians.

This month, our special guest is Marcio Mattos: born in Rio de Janeiro in 1946 double bass ‘cello performer Marcio Mattos has, since coming to Europe in 1970 has performed, recorded and broadcast in Britain and abroad. Mattos has performed with a host of improvisers including Evan Parker, Derek Bailey’s Company, Marilyn Crispell, Dewey Redman, Georg Graewe, Chris Burn, John Butcher, Phil Minton, Martin Blume, Eddie Prévost and many more. He also trained as a Ceramic artist at Goldsmiths college and continues to make and exhibit work in clay.

This concert will be a special occasion for me, marking a special moment in my story in Oxford, and being part of the Oxford Improviser’s ‘family’.

Hope seeing you there to share this moment with us!

 7:45 – 10pm

Arts at the Old Fire Station
40 George Street
Oxford
OX1 2AQ

Tickets : £9 / £6 

 

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Tue 21 February – Oxford Improvisers presents ‘Three Draft Pistons’ Waschmann/Taylor

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As described on Oxford Improvisers‘ website: 

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).

Tickets are available in advance and on the door.

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.

The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

Tickets : £9 / £6 

Door : 7:30, first performance 7:45

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Tue 13 December – Oxford Improvisers’ Year Ender

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Tue 13 December
7:45 pm – 10:30 pm

The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

Oxford Improvisers’ traditional end of year gig/ party!

We’ll be playing some festive musical games and enjoying some nibbles and drinks with friends old and new – we do hope you can join us!

Free Entry!

The Old Fire Station
40 George Street – Oxford, OX1 2AQ, UK

Tue 20 September – Oxford Improvisers presents Sound Quartet

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This month, Oxford Improvisers receives Sound Quartet: ‘Imaginary soundscapes, noisy electronic experimentalism’ from Thomas Bjelkeborn and Paul Pignon – an eclectic and shapeshifting crew descending on Oxford as part of their UK tour. It’s an ever changing gathering of electronic/acoustic musicians and visual artists in a joint search for new artistic crossroads.

The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

Tickets : £8 / £6 on the door
Door : 7:30, first performance 7:45

 

ps: I will be on the piano with the Oxford Improvisers, for the first part of the evening.

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Tue 19 July – Oxford Improvisers with Macarena Ortuzar Dance and Pete McPhail Sax/Flute

In the last performance of the season, Oxford Improvisers is welcoming two performers with real raw expressive power: Macarena Ortuzar is a dancer who has performed worldwide. She will dance in partnership with Bruno Guastalla on cello.

Pete McPhail is an extraordinary performer with an unmistakable touch. The evening will also showcase pieces by members of Oxford Improvisers Orchestra, in which I will be playing digital and toy pianos!

£9, £6 (concs)

Bar from 7.30pm, Performances start 7.45pm
The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

40 George Street
Oxford

OX1 2AQ
United Kingdom

Facebook  :  https://www.facebook.com/events/1246293188738052/

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Macarena Ortuzar – photo by Paul Hughes

 

Tue 17 November – Alex Ward + Oxford Improvisers

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Tue 17 November 7:45pm

The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

This month, Oxford Improvisers receives guest musician Alex Ward who, besides holding a long-time association with Oxford music scene, has been active as a composer in the experimental rock bands Camp Blackfoot, and Alex Ward and the Dead Ends.

Plus, we members of Oxford Improvisers will be making our music too, which includes a recently devised conduction scheme by Dan Goren.

And I will be playing my new 25 keys Schoenhut toy piano, for the first time!

I am very much looking forward to it!

The Old Fire Station

40 George Street – Oxford, OX1 2AQ, UK

Tickets: £8/£6

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27 June – Story Songs, Bagatelles and Further Curiosities

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I am delighted to join Karen Kay in the performance of her ‘Story Songs, Bagatelles and Further Curiosities’ project, at the The Loft, The Old Firestation, Oxford.

According to Karen herself, this is a “crossroads of storytelling and music making – songs of love, loss, ennui, science and socks… Songs performed as written and songs reinvented/cracked open/mashed through improvisation.”

This performance is part of the Playground On Fire Festival 2015, and will also feature special guest Bruno Guastalla (cello).

I am very much looking forward to it!

Saturday 27th June 2015

6:30 to 7:30pm

The Old Fire Station

40 George Street – Oxford, OX1 2AQ, UK

Free admission

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Tue 5 May – Oxford Improvisers

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Tue 5 May 7:30pm (doors)/ 8pm (performance)

The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

This month, Oxford Improvisers presents ‘Object + Surfaces’ with Adam Bohman, Tom Scott, + Oxford Improvisers ourselves.

Adam Bohman is truly a unique figure on the international improvised music scene. In groups such as Conspiracy, Morphogenesis, the London Improvisers Orchestra, or as one half of the Bohman Brothers, his sound and his gritty, deadpan aesthetic are unmistakeable. Tonight, Adam teams up with Tom Scott.

Involved, like Adam, in making music since early 1980’s, Tom’s interests cover a wide range of genres (composed,written and improvised). He has played in many different settings including Alternative Rock, Punk, Graphic Scores, Urban Folk and Improv. He also plays strings and samplers and has collaborated with dancers and theatre groups.

Plus: music from members of Oxford Improvisers. 

The Old Fire Station

40 George Street – Oxford, OX1 2AQ, UK

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Tue 7 April – Oxford Improvisers

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Tue 3 February
7:30pm (doors)/ 8pm (performance)

The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

This month, Oxford Improvisers receive a very very special guest, our own genial Pat Thomas!

A founder member of Oxford Improvisers, Pat Thomas is one of the most original and respected figures on the international improvised music scene. What stands out in Pat’s playing, whether on piano or electronics, is not just his prodigious technique, but the composer’s grasp of form combined with the improviser’s openness to the moment. He was recently a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award for composItion.

In this rare Oxford appearance, Pat plays solo and with members of Oxford Improvisers, which lucky I am lucky to be in!

 

The Old Fire Station

40 George Street – Oxford, OX1 2AQ, UK

Tickets: £8/£6

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Tue 3 February – Oxford Improvisers

Tue 3 February
7:30pm (doors)/ 8pm (performance)

The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

This month, Oxford Improvisers receive very special guests Henry Collins and Robin Foster, at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, UK.

Collins and Foster make remarkable improvised music. Their approach ranges from sensitive to absurdist, from minimalism to the verge of chaos.

Also in this evening will feature a new piece devised for some members of Oxford Improvisers (me included), from the ‘Karaoke for Improvisers’ sessions. We will be improvising in small and larger groups over a backing composed specially for the occasion and structured by Martin Hackett.

A very promising evening, and I am looking forward to it!

The Old Fire Station

40 George Street – Oxford, OX1 2AQ, UK

Tickets: £8/£6

 

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