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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Oxford Improvisers invite Tom Jackson / Vid Drašler / Daniel Thompson

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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,
Alfred Street,
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.

Vid Drašler : sploh.si/viddrasler.html

Tom Jackson : musictomjackson.comand

Daniel Thompson : danielthompsonguitar.com

 

Sat 11 March – Oxford Improvisers and Magliocchi/ Okamoto/ Northover

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Sat 11 March, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The White House

Marcello Magliocchi (percussion, Italy), Maresuke Okamoto (contracello, Japan), Adrian Northover (saxophone, UK)

Featuring a renowned international ensemble playing in Oxford for the first time.

Plus members of Oxford Improvisers (me included, on toy piano & objects).

£8 / £6 on the door

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

Weds 16, Thurs 17 November – Oxford Improvisers in London and in Oxford

This month I will playing with the Oxford Improvisers in a couple of very special concerts;

Wednesday 16 November: Oxford Improvisers at the London Jazz Festival, as part of Lawrence’s Casserley’s birthday (he is an icon in the Improvised Music scene). lawrence_casserley_web920x550_24701ba4218828ca73a44ef0ad6c7e64

8:30pm – 10:30pm, at Iclectik, 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG. Tickets £8-£10 here.

 

 

 

Thursday 17 November: riotriotriot – Oxford Improvisers at the Holywell Music Room. The Holywell is said to be Britain’s first concert hall, a room full of history (Haydn performed there, among other icons of classical music). Oxford Improvisers is delighted to showcase the very best contemporary improvised music and make the most of this wonderful venue and its fabulous acoustic. And I am thrilled to be included in the highlights of the programme, alongside the super duck-rabbit ensemble.

8pm – 10:30pm, at the Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, OX1 3SP. Tickets £9 & £7 on the door.

Facebook event here.

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poster by Paul Medley

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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