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Oct
5

Kate Armitage+Gary Fisher / Ctrl Freq – 12 October 2017

By Rodrigo  //  Performances  //  1 Comment

Kate Armitage and Gary Fisher will bring together their unique individual styles of improvisation for a collaborative performance involving found objects, percussion and other curious noises. There will be discord, humour and possibly, moments of harmony. Kate’s debut solo album […]

Sep
14

Gift Aid Stickers – 14th September 2017

By Anton  //  Performances  //  No Comments

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 […]

Aug
5

The New Art Quintet – 10 August 2017

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The New Art Quintet play Free-form improvisations, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, John Coltrane… Andy French – Tenor Saxophone Joel Stedman – Bass Clarinet, Flutes Ozzy Moysey – Double […]

Jun
21

Ghost Mind – 13 July 2017

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Ghost Mind consists of Jon Andriessen on guitar, kalimba and effects, Pete Robson’s horns and Stuart Wilding on percussion. All this combined with a background of found sounds gathered from around the planet. Essentially, Ghost Mind is a four-person trio, […]

May
21

10 Year Anniversary / Luigi Marino – 8 June 2017

By Rodrigo  //  Performances  //  2 Comments

Next month we have OUR TENTH BIRTHDAY YEAH!! We’re preparing some special presents for those of you who turn up on Thursday 8th June (note: it is election day, and if you’ve voted Tory I won’t let you in). We’ll […]

May
14

David Birchall / Simon Prince – 11 May 2017

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This month’s special guest set comes from a brand new duo of familiar faces; Simon Prince and David Birchall. You’ll know Simon from his many appearances with Wolfscarers, and other groups. He’s a fiery tenor sax player who’s equally as […]

Mar
28

Ensemble 50:50 Octet – 13 April 2017

By Anton  //  Performances  //  No Comments

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 […]

Feb
19

Richard Scott’s Lightning Ensemble – 9 March 2017

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The Lighting Ensemble is Richard Scott’s UK-based hyper-interactive free improvising group with longtime collaborators and brilliant improvisers, Phillip Marks, drums and David Birchall, guitar, with Scott playing analogue modular synthesizer. Intricate, intimate, dynamic, molecular and often explosive music. Richard Scott […]

Jan
30

Lee Allatson – 9 February 2017

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Lee Allatson is a drum set player from Leicestershire, UK, specialising in free improvisation. His early percussive years included classical tuition and a keen interest in 1970’s film soundtracks – all fused within the cultural melting pot of Caribbean, Asian […]

Jan
12

NUStival – 28 January 2017

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NUStival – a mini-festival of improvised music. Featuring selected groupings of: Mick Beck Cath Roberts Otto Willberg Ecka Mordecai Odie ji Ghast Rob Thorpe Geoff Bright Rodrigo Constanzo Anton Hunter and… A performance of John Zorn’s Cobra by the Noise […]

Jan
10

Hunter/Willberg/Ward – 12 January 2017

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Acoustic post-post-truth improv trio featuring Manchester legend Johnny Hunter on drums, young experimentalist Otto Willberg on double bass and triple-doubler Tom Ward on reeds and winds. Inspired by the avant-garde, improvisation, jazz, rock, noise and more, the trio’s members have […]

Dec
1

Deemer – 8 December 2016

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Deemer is a continuing conversation that is always inquisitive, searching and fresh. We are constantly shedding old skin, evolving and innovating. The brain-child of Merijn Royaards and Dee Byrne, Deemer started life in 2006 as a weekly improvisation/electronics session in […]

Oct
21

Instant Places – 10 November 2016

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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 […]

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
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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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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