ALEX WARD – THE TRADE
Alex Ward is a composer, improviser, and performing musician, working primarily with clarinet and guitar. His involvement in freely improvised music dates back to 1986, when he met the guitarist Derek Bailey. He subsequently took part regularly in Bailey’s Company events, and has gone on to become a major figure in British improvised music.
His current work includes the avant-rock duo Dead Days Beyond Help in which he plays guitar, sings and co-writes the material; various groups which perform his compositions-for-improvisers including Forebrace, the Alex Ward Quintet/Sextet, and the Item series of ensembles (the first of which, Item 10, debuted at Cafe Oto in September 2017); and improvising collaborations both regular and ad-hoc with musicians including Steve Noble, Dominic Lash, Kay Grant, Joe Morris and Weasel Walter.
STEVE NOBLE / FARIDA AMADOU WITH CHRIS PITSIOKOS – SPACE 1
For this session, Chris Pitsiokos shoots winding darts of needle-sharp saxophone through Steve and Farida’s sound world, taking the language of the likes of Coltrane and Braxton and pushing it into whole new extremes.
STEVE NOBLE / FARIDA AMADOU WITH ALEX WARD – SPACE 11
Alex has played closely with Steve over the years, but nestles himself perfectly in Steve and Farida’s world here, zig-zagging, dipping and diving with a set of complex melodic, harmonic and tonal gestures.
STEVE NOBLE / FARIDA AMADOU WITH YONI SILVER – SPACE 111
For this particular three-part set, Yoni’s cursive sheets of sound and guttural cries drill a hole between Farida and Steve’s interplay, pushing the trio in fascinating directions.