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 […]

Mar
6
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Beck Hunters – 8 March 2018

This month’s special guests are Beck Hunters: Mick Beck – reeds, Johnny Hunter – drums, Anton Hunter – guitar “Saxophonist Mick Beck has been a fixture on the Sheffield free music scene since the early 1980s, but in this trio […]

Feb
7
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Davis/Rogan Duo – 8 February 2018

Davis/Rogan are a Manchester based experimental duo who mainly do improvisations using an assortment of different gear. Their most recent project involved plugging different synths into guitar pedals and Ableton. Who Davis/Rogan Duo – 8 February 2018 When Thursday, February […]

Jan
5
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Tapiwa Svosve & David Meier – 11 January 2018

Tapiwa Svosve (saxophone) & David Meier (drums) are based in Zürich, Switzerland. They improvise and shape their own musical space in the moment drawing from many different influences. Manchester audiences might remember David from his several performances with Trio Riot […]

Oct
31
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Seth Bennett & Cath Roberts – 9 November 2017

Cath Roberts and Seth Bennett started playing together in Roberts’ band Sloth Racket, set up to explore her compositions for free improvising ensemble, and decided to branch out into a duo as a side project. They play with the possibilities […]

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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