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 […]

Jun
21
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Ghost Mind – 13 July 2017

Ghost Mind consists of Jon Andriessen on guitar, kalimba and effects, Pete Robson’s horns and Stuart Wilding on percussion. All this combined with a background of found sounds gathered from around the planet. Essentially, Ghost Mind is a four-person trio, […]

May
21
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10 Year Anniversary / Luigi Marino – 8 June 2017

Next month we have OUR TENTH BIRTHDAY YEAH!! We’re preparing some special presents for those of you who turn up on Thursday 8th June (note: it is election day, and if you’ve voted Tory I won’t let you in). We’ll […]

May
14
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David Birchall / Simon Prince – 11 May 2017

This month’s special guest set comes from a brand new duo of familiar faces; Simon Prince and David Birchall. You’ll know Simon from his many appearances with Wolfscarers, and other groups. He’s a fiery tenor sax player who’s equally as […]

Mar
28
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Ensemble 50:50 Octet – 13 April 2017

The Octet will follow Phil Morton’s score 50:50 that is  – 50 % freeplay & 50% tacet, silence during the performance of a thirty minute piece.The content, the music, the musicians are driven by free improvisation in music. The improvisers […]

Feb
19
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Richard Scott’s Lightning Ensemble – 9 March 2017

The Lighting Ensemble is Richard Scott’s UK-based hyper-interactive free improvising group with longtime collaborators and brilliant improvisers, Phillip Marks, drums and David Birchall, guitar, with Scott playing analogue modular synthesizer. Intricate, intimate, dynamic, molecular and often explosive music. Richard Scott […]

Jan
30
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Lee Allatson – 9 February 2017

Lee Allatson is a drum set player from Leicestershire, UK, specialising in free improvisation. His early percussive years included classical tuition and a keen interest in 1970’s film soundtracks – all fused within the cultural melting pot of Caribbean, Asian […]

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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