Jul
21
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Otto Will – 13 August – 2015

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Otto is a double bassist and composer living in Manchester. He is interested in improvisation and uncovering moments and areas which might otherwise go unnoticed. Otto plays in many different ensembles and groups, and has played over Europe and the […]

Jun
24
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Jafrate/Hunter/Constanzo – 9 July 2015

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Saxophonist Keith Jafrate, a veteran of European and North American tours, has led various bands since the late eighties, and played with a host of splendid improvisers, including Paul Hession & Martin Archer. He’s also a poet. “alternates between atonality […]

May
22
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Paul Stapleton – 11 June 2015

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I’m an improviser, sound artist, inventor and writer originally from Southern California, currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I design and perform with a variety of modular metallic sound sculptures, custom made electronics, found objects and electric guitars in locations […]

Apr
7
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Sound Quartet – 14 May 2015

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SQ (Sound Quartet) explores music inaccessible to contemplative composition. Devoting many hours to develop skills which circumvent learning and amplify responses to the moment. Each piece is a sortie into uncertainty along paths never followed before, with assiduous unpremeditation and susceptibility of mind […]

Mar
4
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David Birchall/Odie Ji Ghast/THF Drenching – 12 March 2015

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David Birchall/Odie Ji Ghast/THF Drenching Three of Manchester’s finest. Anti-guitar, anguished screams and punctured dictaphones wishing they were Jazz. For this performance ONE night only the trio features pataphysical broadcast content from Odie Ji Ghast accompanied by Drenching Birchall. Debut […]

Feb
23
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Inclusion Principle / Joseph Kudirka – 9 April 2015

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Martin Archer – electronic keyboards, laptop, saxophones, clarinets, recorders Hervé Perez – laptop, saxophones Peter Fairclough – drums and percussion IP was formed in 2006, released it’s first eponymous CD that year, and follows up with a second release ‘The […]

Feb
11
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Beck Hunters – 12 February 2015

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Mick Beck (reeds and whistles) Anton Hunter (guitar, fx) Johnny Hunter (drums) Stopping off in Manchester on their UK tour to promote the debut album, The Hunt Is On (Discus 2014). – http://discus-music.co.uk/dis46cd.htm “Agressive when it needs to be, but comfortable […]

Dec
24
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Yeah Yeah Industrial – 8 January 2015

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Ian Simpson & Shaun Blezard are Yeah Yeah Industrial. A kosmiche duo from the Northern Wastelands who have been working together and around each other for over 10 years. They have now become YYI, ambient improv/free prog soundscape improvisers. Noise Upstairs […]

Nov
19
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bird rat centipede 11 December 2014

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bird rat centipede is a collection of performer/composers who share a view for honest and democratic music making bird rat centipede is: Sam Andreae Rodrigo Constanzo Angela Guyton Linda Jankowska Braxton Sherouse http://www.birdratcentipede.com Who bird rat centipede 11 December 2014 […]

Sep
3
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dfscore – 18 September 2014

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We’re really excited to invite you to the first public performance using Rodrigo Constanzo’s new networked improvisation system, dfscore. The dfscore system is a dynamic score display system built to function over a local network to display a variety of […]

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.

Upcoming Featured Artist

Recordings

You can click HERE to see all the posts that include recordings. You can select the date you'd like a recording from and click the 'download' link available from within the post. We regularly record performances from our featured artists as well as the evening's "jams". Enjoy.