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Jun
17

Ripsaw Catfish – 25 June 2019

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This month’s guests are Ripsaw Catfish, stopping in on their short tour of the North (and London). Ripsaw Catfish are: Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone) and Anton Hunter (guitar), they have been making improvised music together for several years, and there is […]

Jun
10

Emil Karlsen – 13 June 2019

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Emil Karlsen’s acoustic solo project is based around making the most out of the drum set in terms of extended techniques, timbre and textures, improvised. Inspired by his Norwegian background, this project is a portrait of many years thinking compositionally […]

May
28

The Magic City – 28 May 2019

By Ramsey Janini  //  Performances  //  No Comments
Magic City

The Noise Upstairs Todmorden will feature a collective from my favourite record, coffee, book and vintage clothing shop this side of the Mississippi – The Magic City. True to the spirit of night, they’re not totally sure about who’ll be […]

May
4

Hunter/Bass/Vulliamy /Hunter – 9 May 2019

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Aby Vulliamy (viola) Anton Hunter (acoustic guitar and mandolin) Gemma Bass (violin) Johnny Hunter (drums) Brought together by Johnny, these are some of our finest musicians in the North. All from varying backgrounds, including Classical, Folk, Jazz, and Rock, they […]

Apr
23

Ecka Mordecai and Kate Armitage – 30 April 2019

By Ramsey Janini  //  Performances  //  No Comments

This month’s guests are Ecka Mordecai and Kate Armitage. Both of whom have played for us in Manchester separately, so we’re excited to hear them together in Tod! Ecka Mordecai is sound artist and composer currently based in Todmorden. She […]

Apr
4

Wheeze Furnace – 11 April 2019

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Wheeze Furnace is Geoff Bright on bass sax, soprano sax and mouth and Nathan Bettany on oboe and cor anglais. A cross-Pennine airing of this Sheffield duo’s dirty laundry! Expect a soiled sonic shirt tail of involuntary revelations, asthmatic explosions and […]

Mar
8

Sophie Cooper – 26 March 2019

By Rodrigo  //  Performances  //  No Comments

Sophie Cooper is a West Yorkshire based trombone, guitar player and vocalist. Sophie makes music that explores notions of narrative within unlikely settings through various solo and collaborative song writing projects. In addition to performing and composition, Sophie is heavily […]

Mar
8

ELDA – 14 March 2019

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ELDA is a longstanding duo collaboration between piano/keyboard player Andrew Woodhead and trumpeter Aaron Diaz (The Destroyers, Sid Peacock), mixing acoustic sounds with live electronics and soundscapes. For their latest project they are collaborating with Norwegian vocalist Kari Eskild Havenstrøm(Trondheim Voices, Kristoffer Lo), with whom Andrew […]

Feb
5

Sam McLoughlin and David Chatton Barker – 26 February 2019

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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

Michael Perrett Rob Thorpe Duo – 14 February 2019

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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

Wolf Scarers – 10th Jan 2019

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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, […]

Nov
5

Rider//Taylor – 13 December 2018

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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

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 […]

Sep
23

Drift Ensemble – 11 October 2018

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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

Adam Fairhall & Tom Ward – 13 Sept 2018

By Anton  //  Performances  //  1 Comment

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 […]

May
18

SHOAL – 14 June, 2018

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SHOAL are a Manchester based collective interested in exploring movement, light, technology and improvisation. We have collaborated with composers like Eyvind Gulbrandsen, Michael Brailey and Michael Baldwin and have recently began our own research into different improvisation methods. Our improvisation […]

May
2

The Chorlton Radiophonic Workshop – 10 May 2018

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This month’s special guests are The Chorlton Radiophonic Workshop. Regulars Alexx (Saxophone) and Jim (Synthesiser) O’Shea are joined by Andrew Rothwell (drums).Alexx and Jim have organised numerous experimental music events and installations for FutureSonic/FutureEverything, Manchester Science Week and Chorlton Arts […]

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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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