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
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.
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.
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!
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 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.”