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Coates/Hanslip/Hunter/Simpson – 11 February 2016


This month’s special guest act is a brand new quartet, bringing together familar Noise Upstairs faces with those from slightly further afield. Bruce Coates & Mark Hanslip – saxophones Anton Hunter & Ian Simpson – guitars Bruce is a saxophonist […]

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L’Ocelle Mare + Kelly Jayne Jones/Jon Collin Duo + Katz Mulk – 12 February 2016


L’OCELLE MARE Visiting from France Thomas Bonvalent creates amazing musical structures using banjoguitar, feet (special shoes), objects (tuning forks, inside of harmonics, metronomes, others…) and close micing combined with intimate knowledge of the extremes of his amplification system. Its really […]

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Space Food – 14 January 2016

Space Food

Space Food is a new group in which three fine Manchester improvisers take on the format of the traditional organ trio; Adam Fairhall on organ, Johnny Hunter on drums and Dave Birchall on guitar. The organ trio is still a […]

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Rachel Margetts / Greta Buituke – 10 December 2015


Rachel Margetts and Greta Buitkute are “Body Marx”. Body Marx explores the absurd tensions of  music making. Loosely structured songs and structured improvisation form the basis of experimentation with video and performance. Body Marx’s works often tackle forgotten or hidden contexts, in the […]

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Some Some Unicorn – 12 November 2015


Some Some Unicorn Some Some Unicorn is an experiment in communal music making led by Shaun Blezard. Working on the border of composition and improvisation the collective draws together artists from the fields of improv, electronics, jazz, poetry and popular […]

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Wire Assembly – 8 October 2015

Wire Assembly

The guitar trio Wire Assembly have been resurrected/disinterred after 20 years of hibernation. John Jasnoch and Neil Carver have coerced Ian Simpson into being the Third Man. Covering an enormous range of sound from a blue tit pecking at an […]

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THF Drenching – 10 September 2015

Drenching For Noise Upstairs

THF Drenching is a dictaphone-player, vocalist and composer of musique concrète from Levenshulme, Manchester. However hedged around with anal, urethral and genital impulses, all his music is essentially oral in character, obsessive and devouring, and all of it aspires to […]

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Otto Will – 13 August – 2015


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 […]

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Jafrate/Hunter/Constanzo – 9 July 2015


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 […]

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Paul Stapleton – 11 June 2015


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 […]

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.


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.