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Instant Places – 10 November 2016


In their Instant Places projects Kavanaugh and Birse use hardware/software systems of their own design to present generative installations and performances.They began making performances and installations as a team in 1997, and from 1997 to 2002 traveled throughout Canada and […]

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Barrington Brook – 13 October 2016

barrington brook

Barrington Brook and Gabriel Williams are a duo whose music occupies the boundaries between free improvisation, post-rock, folk and 20th century classical music. They met at university and started playing together after discovering a mutual appreciation of Derek Bailey, but […]

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Sound Quartet – 8 September 2016


SQ (aka Sound Quartet) is imaginary soundscapes, electronic experimentalism, composed impro art of electrified sounds and images. SQ often tour as a duo with multi-instrumentalists Paul Pignon and Thomas Bjelkeborn. SQ is currently involved in music projects with Nadia Ratsimandrecy(FR) […]

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Shelly Knotts & Anton Hunter – 11 August 2016


Monthly improvisation jam session with special guest set this month from Shelly Knotts (laptop) and Anton Hunter (guitar). Shelly Knotts produces live-coded and network music performances and projects which explore aspects of code, data and collaboration. Her experimental and collaborative […]

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Wolf Scarers – 14 July 2016

photo by Andy Newcombe

Wolfscarers are Simon Prince and Keith Jafrate. They’ve known each other for years but never played together until, after appearing on the same bill at Huddersfield’s Inclusive Improv in 2011, it occurred to Simon to suggest some duets, and Wolfscarers […]

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Space Food – 9 June 2016

Space Food

  Noise Upstairs Is Nine Years Old! Come celebrate with 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 […]

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Otto Willberg – 12 May 2016


  Otto is a composer and improviser with an open attitude towards the possibilities of what music can and should be. Heregularly performs with the likes of THF Drenching, Odie Ji Ghast, Sam Andreae, Birchall/Cheetham/Webster/Willberg and Human Heads, amongst others. www.ottowillberg.com Who […]

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Jorge Boehringer – 14 April 2016


Jorge Boehringer is an composer, artist, musician, and researcher exploring large scale landscapes, microscopic layers of process and form and how they interact with perceptual experience. Utilizing a protean platform for experimentation and presentation, Boehringer creates performances, recordings, music, installations, […]

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Richard Craig – 10 March 2016


Richard Craig is a performer of contemporary music and improvisation, performing with groups such as ELISION, Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien and Das Experimentalstudio ensemble, which has taken him to international festivals in Europe. Recent projects include Rodrigo Constanzo’s DFS score, performing […]

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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 […]

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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