From London’s Vortex:
SUN 20 • 20.00 • £8/£6 • MD
More eclectic out-sounds brought to you from our improv resident, curated by John Russell. This month featuring a free improv quartet led by Kay Grant, an elegant, impressionistic duo set from visiting Japanese pianist Yoko Miura and Charlie Collins (percussion), and an experimental electronics set from FURT with John Russell guesting on electric guitar.
MON 21 • 20.00 • £9 • MD
TONY BEVAN / TREVOR WATTS / JOHN EDWARDS / MARK SANDERS
The result of what was meant to be a one-off performance in commemoration of the late Lol Coxhill, the music produced by the group proved so good it seemed natural to continue. Consisting of two legends of Improvised music in Watts and Sanders, and two younger veterans with their own international reputations with Edwards and Bevan, it’s hard to describe the quartet as anything but a supergroup.
TUE 22 + WED 23 • 20.00 • £8 adv / £10 door • MD
The Chaos Festival rolls into town and we are proud to present two nights of brave, cutting edge new music, curated by the ever-impressive Chaos Collective.
TUESDAY: LAURA JURD + THE LIGETI QUARTET + LAUREN KINSELLA
Having received critical acclaim since its release last year, Laura Jurd presents the music from her debut album ‘Landing Ground’ featuring the Ligeti Quartet. The opening night of the festival will also be the premiere of a commissioned work for string quartet and vocalist Lauren Kinsella, which sets a poem by Simon Collings to music.
WEDNESDAY: The Chaos Orchestra presents: ‘THE RITE’
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s revolutionary work, ‘The Rite of Spring’, The Chaos Orchestra will play re-works of themes and motifs from this iconic 20th Century masterpiece, followed by some original work. This ensemble of musicians have been highly praised for their rich orchestration and bold improvisational concepts, and this innovative performance promises to be a fine example of these talents.
THU 24 • 20.00 • £10
EVAN PARKER‘S FOXES FOX
The group first came together as a quartet in 1998 and recorded an album Live at the Vortex in this very club. The quartet’s unrelenting excitement and momentum is a thing to behold; that they can consistently generate this live is incredible. If Foxes Fox were a rock band, it would doubtless be labeled a “super group” as all four members are among the very best players in their fields. However, this is an improvising group so any notions of “stars” must be dispelled in favour of collective music making and interaction. And the quartet delivers exactly that right from the start.