Feb
5
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Sam McLoughlin and David Chatton Barker – 26 February 2019

Sam McLoughlin and David Chatton Barker are good friends and creative collaborators whose wide-ranging work encompasses folklore, instrument design, visual arts, noise, harmony, intuition, arcana, field recordings, tinctures, icy swims, moors and mills. Except when it doesn’t. http://www.folkloretapes.co.uk http://www.samandtheplants.co.uk What […]

Feb
5
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Michael Perrett Rob Thorpe Duo – 14 February 2019

Michael Perrett is, amongst other things, a musician based in Manchester. He studied clarinet and composition at the RNCM. As a composer, he has written for EXAUDI and The House of Bedlam and his music has been performed internationally and […]

Jan
6
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Wolf Scarers – 10th Jan 2019

  Wolf Scarers, formed in 2010 by Simon Prince and Keith Jafrate, are a sax duo who play improvisations that swerve from gentle meditations that almost become chamber music across to full-blown shout-ups in the true tenor sax tradition, via, […]

Nov
5
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Rider//Taylor – 13 December 2018

Rider//Taylor are one of the most exciting new duos to emerge from the fertile Leeds experimental scene. Mixing fiery improvisations, delicate soundscapes and haunting melodies-the pair share a musical connection bordering on telepathy. As always, the night begins and ends […]

Nov
2
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some things – 8 November 2018

some things are the ‘arresting trumpet duo’ of Chris Dowding and Ben Higham, from Norwich. They use original and other material as a basis for improvisation. This results in interlocking solos, tight unison patterns and free improvisations.   They have […]

Oct
5
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HRH Trio + Whiteman/Prince/Thorpe – 15 October 2018

A collaboration with our good friends at NQ Jazz on Monday 15th October at The Whiskey Jar. Details below… HRH Trio Mark Hanslip – Saxophone Federico Reuben – Live Electronics Paul Hession – Drums Heavy improv from heavy improvisers. Listen […]

Sep
23
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Drift Ensemble – 11 October 2018

Comprising composer-improvisers, percussion, violin, recorder, soprano and electronics, DriftEnsemble specializes in presenting experimental contemporary music. Our collective integrates each individual’s making, demonstrating the multidisciplinary practices – composition and interpretation, improvisation, live-electronic MAX/MSP coding, musicological thinking – we engage. Media link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr187RYKYOOVSbDD7Q5WJfw […]

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 […]

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.