From London’s Vortex:
SUN 16 MAR • 20.00 • £8/£6 • MD
In a wide ranging programme, all of the groups performing tonight are making their Mopomoso début including Italian improv duo Utter Chaos with Andrea Caputo (guitar) and Massimo Semprini (sax); pianist Stephen Grew playing an unusual solo show aside from his regular 4-piece band Grutronic; Norwegian improv duo KTHXBYE with Stian Larsen (guitar) and Brage Tomaenen (drums); and finally Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Hannah Marshall (cello) and Lauren Kinsella (voice) – three fine musicians with backgrounds across a variety of styles and genres, here bringing it all to bear in a freely improvised context.
MON 17 MAR • 20.00 • £10 • MD
Don’t miss Fringe Magnetic’s final London show as they launch their final album! Clocca is the third and final album from this 12-piece ensemble led by trumpet-player and composer Rory Simmons. Originally born out of a desire to fuse contemporary classical composition with the energy of cutting edge jazz, Fringe Magnetic’s genre-bending sonic landscape has been sculpted over the last seven years by influences as diverse as Django Bates, Brian Eno, Scott Walker, Bela Bartok and Igor Stravinsky. As The Guardian puts it, “nothing else sounds quite like them.”
TUE 18 MAR • 20.00 • £9/£10 • MD
LOTTE ANKER / MARK SANDERS / ADAM PULTZ MELBYE
Danish saxophonist and composer Lotte Anker is known for her intense playing and as one of the strongest improvisers in the freeform and improv field in Denmark. Mark Sanders has been acclaimed as “the most exciting, original and overwhelmingly powerful drummer alive” (Steve Reynolds, Jazz Corner). Adam Pultz Melbye has improvised double bass solo concerts with Peter Brötzmann, Rudi Mahall, Henrik Walsdorff and many more artists.
WED 19 MAR • 20.00• £9/£10 • MD
ALEXANDER HAWKINS SOLO plus WOLFRAM TRIO
As part of a Match & Fuse tour, composer and pianist Alexander Hawkins will be sharing the bill with the Norwegian group Wolfram Trio. Hawkins’ highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure, whilst Wolfram Trio seek inspiration in acoustic free jazz, as well as modern contemporary improvised music.
THU 20 MAR • 20.00 • £10 • MD
EVAN PARKER & BLACK TOP
Evan Parker invites Black Top invites Evan Parker
Continuing our monthly residency with saxophonist Evan Parker, tonight Evan will be joined by Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson for the ad hoc Black Top series which is dedicated to exploring the intersection of live improv and the technology of dub, reggae and other worldly noises – using improvisation to explore these black influences but not necessarily from an African American perspective.
FRI 21 MAR • 19.30 • £17/£20
The Vortex City Sessions at Bishopsgate Institute: THE NECKS
Together for 25 years this Australian cult trio have enthralled audiences worldwide with their compelling style of improvisation. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, their music is regularly described internationally as, simply, unique. Every Necks performance is a singular event, entirely improvised and working with the acoustics of the room. Featuring lengthy pieces of long-form improvisation which build in a mesmerising, epic fashion frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, their performances are never less than phenomenal.