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Nov
2

some things – 8 November 2018

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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

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

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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 […]

Aug
11

Adam Fairhall & Tom Ward – 13 Sept 2018

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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

Children of the Sun – 9 Aug 2018

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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

John Pope / Anton Hunter – 12 July 2018

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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 […]

Mar
18

​Tortusa/Breistein – 12 April 2018

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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

Beck Hunters – 8 March 2018

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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 […]

Jan
5

Tapiwa Svosve & David Meier – 11 January 2018

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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

Seth Bennett & Cath Roberts – 9 November 2017

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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 […]

Sep
14

Gift Aid Stickers – 14th September 2017

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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 […]

Mar
28

Ensemble 50:50 Octet – 13 April 2017

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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 […]

Jul
27

Shelly Knotts & Anton Hunter – 11 August 2016

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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 […]

May
18

Space Food – 9 June 2016

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  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 […]

Jun
29

errk! – 10 July 2014

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errk! are Richard Knight on mixer and samples, Rob McWhirter on guitar and Keith Jafrate on saxophone. They wander into and mostly away from structures to make dramatic abstractions that sometimes achieve significant velocities, sometimes wide open spaces. Preceding and […]

Sep
7

Wolfscarers Quartet – 12th Sept 2013

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  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, […]

Aug
3

Martin Archer – 21 August 2013

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Pleased to welcome back a solo set from a staple of the Sheffield improvisation scene. Martin Archer is a one-man music industry. Saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, band-leader and label owner—Archer has made a virtue of doing things differently. From early […]

Aug
3

Nicolas Dobson & Anton Hunter – 8 August 2013

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Nicolas Dobson is a drummer / violinist from Skipton who grew up in the punk / DIY / noise scenes of Leeds and Manchester while simultaneously getting a classical education at the RNCM. Since 2005 he has been mainly playing […]

Jul
8

John Jasnoch & Charlie Collins – 17 July 2013

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    Ahead of their upcoming release on the Spanish Makrame Records label, we present two of Sheffield’s finest improvisers, . Regular name-in-the-hat jam session precedes and follows their duo set. John Jasnoch Began life in 1953 in Sheerness on […]

Jul
8

Strotter Inst. – 11 July 2013

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Strotter Inst. from Switzerland creates music through the use of old, modified, Lenco-turntables which he modifies and manipulates in countless ways. Rubber bands are affixed to the rotating turntable and plucked by the stylus, records have tape affixed in patterns […]

Jun
8

Sixth Birthday! feat. Norm Skipp & Bethan Roberts – 13 June 2013

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South Manchester’s Premier Free-Improvisation Session celebrates it’s SIXTH BIRTHDAY!! Six years ago the kind folk at Fuel agreed to let us make some hideous noises in their upstairs room, and thanks to your and their ongoing support we’re still here […]

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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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