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Oct
1

Barrington Brook – 13 October 2016

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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 […]

Aug
31

Sound Quartet – 8 September 2016

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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) […]

Jul
4

Wolf Scarers – 14 July 2016

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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 […]

Apr
26

Otto Willberg – 12 May 2016

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  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 […]

Mar
3

Jorge Boehringer – 14 April 2016

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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, […]

Feb
23

Richard Craig – 10 March 2016

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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 […]

Feb
7

Coates/Hanslip/Hunter/Simpson – 11 February 2016

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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 […]

Jan
19

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

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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 […]

Dec
16

Space Food – 14 January 2016

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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 […]

Nov
30

Rachel Margetts / Greta Buituke – 10 December 2015

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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 […]

Oct
25

Some Some Unicorn – 12 November 2015

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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 […]

Sep
30

Wire Assembly – 8 October 2015

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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 […]

Sep
1

THF Drenching – 10 September 2015

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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 […]

Jul
21

Otto Will – 13 August – 2015

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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 […]

Jun
24

Jafrate/Hunter/Constanzo – 9 July 2015

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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 […]

May
22

Paul Stapleton – 11 June 2015

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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 […]

Apr
7

Sound Quartet – 14 May 2015

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SQ (Sound Quartet) explores music inaccessible to contemplative composition. Devoting many hours to develop skills which circumvent learning and amplify responses to the moment. Each piece is a sortie into uncertainty along paths never followed before, with assiduous unpremeditation and susceptibility of mind […]

Mar
4

David Birchall/Odie Ji Ghast/THF Drenching – 12 March 2015

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David Birchall/Odie Ji Ghast/THF Drenching Three of Manchester’s finest. Anti-guitar, anguished screams and punctured dictaphones wishing they were Jazz. For this performance ONE night only the trio features pataphysical broadcast content from Odie Ji Ghast accompanied by Drenching Birchall. Debut […]

Feb
23

Inclusion Principle / Joseph Kudirka – 9 April 2015

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Martin Archer – electronic keyboards, laptop, saxophones, clarinets, recorders Hervé Perez – laptop, saxophones Peter Fairclough – drums and percussion IP was formed in 2006, released it’s first eponymous CD that year, and follows up with a second release ‘The […]

Feb
11

Beck Hunters – 12 February 2015

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Mick Beck (reeds and whistles) Anton Hunter (guitar, fx) Johnny Hunter (drums) Stopping off in Manchester on their UK tour to promote the debut album, The Hunt Is On (Discus 2014). – http://discus-music.co.uk/dis46cd.htm “Agressive when it needs to be, but comfortable […]

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