Nov
5
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Rider//Taylor – 13 December 2018

Rider//Taylor are one of the most exciting new duos to emerge from the fertile Leeds experimental scene. Mixing fiery improvisations, delicate soundscapes and haunting melodies-the pair share a musical connection bordering on telepathy. As always, the night begins and ends […]

Nov
2
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some things – 8 November 2018

some things are the ‘arresting trumpet duo’ of Chris Dowding and Ben Higham, from Norwich. They use original and other material as a basis for improvisation. This results in interlocking solos, tight unison patterns and free improvisations.   They have […]

Oct
5
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HRH Trio + Whiteman/Prince/Thorpe – 15 October 2018

A collaboration with our good friends at NQ Jazz on Monday 15th October at The Whiskey Jar. Details below… HRH Trio Mark Hanslip – Saxophone Federico Reuben – Live Electronics Paul Hession – Drums Heavy improv from heavy improvisers. Listen […]

Sep
23
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Drift Ensemble – 11 October 2018

Comprising composer-improvisers, percussion, violin, recorder, soprano and electronics, DriftEnsemble specializes in presenting experimental contemporary music. Our collective integrates each individual’s making, demonstrating the multidisciplinary practices – composition and interpretation, improvisation, live-electronic MAX/MSP coding, musicological thinking – we engage. Media link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr187RYKYOOVSbDD7Q5WJfw […]

Aug
11
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Adam Fairhall & Tom Ward – 13 Sept 2018

This month’s special guests are:   Tom Ward and Adam Fairhall represent the fertile exchanges in creative music between Manchester and London that have occurred in recent years, involving such organisations as London’s LUME (with which Tom and Adam are […]

Jul
25
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Children of the Sun – 9 Aug 2018

This month’s special guest Children of the Sun are an improvising quintet from Leeds; inspired by the music of Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Weasel Walter and Albert Ayler. Part quiet, part intense. As usual, before and after their set we’ll […]

Jul
6
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John Pope / Anton Hunter – 12 July 2018

This month’s special guest… A hard-working figure on the North East jazz scene, bassist and composer John Pope draws on a lifetime’s immersion in jazz, funk, rock and avant-garde music, filtered through the cracked vessel of the free improviser. As […]

May
18
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SHOAL – 14 June, 2018

SHOAL are a Manchester based collective interested in exploring movement, light, technology and improvisation. We have collaborated with composers like Eyvind Gulbrandsen, Michael Brailey and Michael Baldwin and have recently began our own research into different improvisation methods. Our improvisation […]

May
2
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The Chorlton Radiophonic Workshop – 10 May 2018

This month’s special guests are The Chorlton Radiophonic Workshop. Regulars Alexx (Saxophone) and Jim (Synthesiser) O’Shea are joined by Andrew Rothwell (drums).Alexx and Jim have organised numerous experimental music events and installations for FutureSonic/FutureEverything, Manchester Science Week and Chorlton Arts […]

Mar
18
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​Tortusa/Breistein – 12 April 2018

This month’s special guests are ​Tortusa/Breistein, a norwegian duo consisting of electronic musician Tortusa and saxophonist Inge W. Breistein. The music has an electronic-experimental sound and refers to genres such as electronica, nordic jazz, ambience and minimalism. Compositions and larger […]

About The Noise Upstairs

The Noise Upstairs is an improv collective which runs a free-improv night in Manchester. The basic premise is that anyone can turn up and join in by putting their name in the hat. Names are pulled out, ensembles formed, and hearts broken.

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