May
18
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SHOAL – 8 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 […]

Oct
5
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Kate Armitage+Gary Fisher / Ctrl Freq – 12 October 2017

Kate Armitage and Gary Fisher will bring together their unique individual styles of improvisation for a collaborative performance involving found objects, percussion and other curious noises. There will be discord, humour and possibly, moments of harmony. Kate’s debut solo album […]

Sep
14
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Gift Aid Stickers – 14th September 2017

This month’s special guests sees the debut performance of Gift Aid Stickers (aka Mike Walsh on drums and Anton Hunter on guitar). Kickstarting their two-date UK tour right here in Manchester (second and final date is in Stoke the next […]

Aug
5
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The New Art Quintet – 10 August 2017

The New Art Quintet play Free-form improvisations, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, John Coltrane… Andy French – Tenor Saxophone Joel Stedman – Bass Clarinet, Flutes Ozzy Moysey – Double […]

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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