Saturday 7 December 2013


Door Times : 4pm

All Venue Pass : £5 adv / £8 on the door


An extended evening of adventurous music taking place across Servant Jazz Quarters, The Vortex, Cafe OTO and The OTO Project Space. The ticket price gives you a wristband that gets you access to all four venues throughout the day.

Advance ticket holders can collect their wristband from 3.30pm from The Vortex.

Line-up includes:

Alex Ward
Angharad Davies
Blue Eyed Hawk
Chris Weaver
Daichi Yoshikawa
Fumi Okiji
Guillaume Viltard
Hannah Marshall
Isnaj Dui
James Dunn
Jennifer Allum
Julie Kjær
Matthew Bourne
Oli Brice
Oliver Coates
Orchestra Elastique
Paul Abbott
Peter Blundell
Phil Julian
Rachel Musson
Ross Lambert
Seymour Wright
Steve Noble
Tom Rogerson
Woven Entity
Yoni Silver


ALEX WARD / clarinet, guitar

Alex Ward is a composer, improviser, and performing musician, working primarily with clarinet and guitar. His involvement in freely improvised music dates back to 1986, when he met the guitarist Derek Bailey. He subsequently took part regularly in Bailey's Company events, and has gone on to become a major figure in British improvised music. His current work ranges from the duo Dead Days Beyond Help, in which he plays guitar and sings, his group Predicate who perform his compositions, regular improvising groups with Steve Noble, Kay Grant and others, as well as more ad hoc encounters with musicians as diverse as Eugene Chadbourne, Thurston Moore, Joe Morris and Weasel Walter, and co-running the label Copepod with Luke Barlow. He brings a unique energy and inventiveness to all these projects, elevating them far above the ordinary and injecting them with a thrilling sense of danger and possibility. 

"Alex Ward is one of those players who seems to get interesting music out of anything he touches" - Nate Dorward, Paris Transatlantic


Angharad Davies is a violinist whose work is situated in the complex intersection of improvised and composed music. She is dedicated to exploring and expanding sound production on the violin, and has developed a specific approach to the violin, which extends the sound possibilities of the instrument by attaching and applying objects to the strings or by sounding unexpected parts of the instrument's body.

Davies is an active performer in contemporary, improvisation and experimental music both as a soloist, within ensembles such as Apartment House and Common Objects, and in smaller improvised groups with musicians such as Axel Dörner, Taku Unami, and Tisha Mukarji.

Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music's most fascinating figures.

DAICHI YOSHIKAWA / electronics

Daichi Yoshikawa is one of the most interesting young improvising musician currently based in London. Using a variety of inverted, diverted and reinvented electronic and acoustic devices he strikes a constantly evolving balance between harsh atonal feedback and elegant high-frequency constructions.


Born in 1975 in the North of Ivory Coast, Viltard grew up in the wild countryside with almost no music. Back in France, he played with many artists of the French underground improv scene, including dancers and poets as well as musicians.

After moving to London in late 2007, Viltard has worked with many of London’s best improvisers, forming strong associations with the circle of musicians centred on Eddie Prevost's experimental workshop, becoming a mainstay of the London Improvisers Orchestra, and playing in a great free jazz trio with Tony Marsh and Shabaka Hutchings that was sadly curtailed by Marsh's untimely death.

It is this eclectic appetite for collaboration across the whole spectrum of improvised music as well as his resolutely unamplified and powerfully physical playing that marks Viltard out as one of the most interesting musicians to emerge from London's fertile improvised and experimental scene in the last few years.

Guillaume Viltard website


Hannah Marshall is a cellist who is continuing to extract, invent, and exorcize as many sounds and emotional qualities from her instrument as she can. She has been a regular member of Alexander Hawkins’ Ensembles and has toured in Europe and South America with Luc Ex and Veryan Weston’s ensembles – SOL 6 & 12. She plays with ‘String Terrorists’ - Barrel (a trio with violinist Alison Blunt & violist/poet Ivor kallin), and has been invited by Fred Frith and Suichi Chino in their residencies at Café Oto. She also plays with Terry Day, Tim Hodgkinson, Roger Turner, Paul May, Kay Grant, and the London Improvisers Orchestra. 

“sublime technical abilities... she reinvents melodic lines, provides spectacular harmonic intervention... sets the pulse around which much of the music revolves” - Raul D’Gama Rose

JAMES DUNN / drums, synth

James Dunn is one half of London's free-rock mainstays Temperatures and regularly performs on Tinnitus Analyser and Circuit-bent electronics in various improvised groupings as well as making sound and music for theatre.


Although undeniably classically trained, Allum's violin playing is resolutely free of flourish and standard violinistic mannerism, inhabiting instead a soundworld that is austere, mesmerising, and speckled with glimpses of latent violence. She has been a regular attendee of Eddie Prevost's weekly workshop since 2005, with whom she has recently released the critically acclaimed duo CD 'Penumbrae'. She is the founding member of the Post Quartet, with whom she has worked with composers like Christian Wolff, Michael Parsons, Tom Johnson and Michael Pisaro

JULIE KJÆR / alto saxophone

Saxophonist and flautist Julie Kjær’s edgy and thoughtfull playing and ‘dark, otherworldly imagery’ (Jazzwise) has become incerasingly evident around Europe, inhabiting ground between composition and free improv. She has toured internationally and recorded with Django Bates and his band StoRMChaser, and the Danish big-band “Blood Sweat Drum’n Bass” where she has played with amongst others: Dave Douglas, Arve Henriksen and Palle Mikkelborg. She plays with London Improvisers Orchestra and is a leader and sidewoman of several other English and Danish ensembles. Currently she is working on a new trio project with bass player John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble and on a project with the Danish-English sextet ‘Pierette Ensemble’. The ensemble’s cd will be released spring 2014. Julie was recently chosen to be a part of Sound and Music’s ‘Portfolio’ artist development program for improvisers. She has played with people like: Veryan Weston, Steve Beresford, Oren Marshall, Chris Biscoe, Dylan Bates, Steve Watts, Helge Norbakken, and Gimo Mendes.


Paul Abbott has been a quietly innovative presence in London's improvised music scene for the last few years working with electronics and self-built instruments before more recently dedicating a good part of his energy to the radical potential of an unadorned drumset, notably as one third of lll人 with Seymour Wright and Daichi Yoshikawa - a trio that recaptures free jazz's original ability to simultaneously shock, confound and delight.


Peter Blundell was one half of London duo Temperatures. He continues to play electric bass guitar in and out of various improvised group settings.

PHIL JULIAN / synth, electronics

Under both the Cheapmachines alias and his own name, Phil Julian has been venturing across various strains of unorthodox sound since the late 1990's, with his prolific output on a catalogue of imprints encompassing sonic textures that run the gamut from harsh squalls of noise to compositions using hyper-minimalistic timbres and drones.

Phil Julian | Cafe Oto | 17/2/12 from John Macedo | The Black Plume on Vimeo.

RACHEL MUSSON / tenor saxophone

Rachel Musson is a saxophonist, improviser and composer living in London. She is involved with a variety of improvisation projects, one of which, a trio featuring Liam Noble and Mark Sanders, released the album 'Tatterdemalion' on Babel Label in March 2013. Rachel is also working on two duo projects, one with Danish saxophonist Julie Kjaer and the other with bassist Olie Brice. She has also written for and recorded with her own band, Skein, which released a highly acclaimed album on F-IRE Records at the end of 2010. She was picked by BBC Jazz on Three to perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival last year, and in the same year was nominated for a London Jazz Award. She has performed with Alcyona Mick, Liam Noble, Gail Brand, Olie Brice, Federico Ughi, Mary Halvorson, Sebastian Rochford, among many others.

"Musson’s unusual blend of a melody-building lightness with a raw, free-jazzy multiphonic palette… ought to make her a hot ticket" - John Fordham, The Guardian


Northern Irish (and London-based) guitarist and ‘magnetic and vibrating sources’ player Ross Lambert, has in his own words, the following fundamental and simultaneous approaches to live performance: to play as though it was both the first time and also the last; and to able to differentiate between what is good and worth conserving and what is not. Ross has been involved in, initiated and been a connector between a very wide variety of improvisatory music since his first exposure and (immediate) commitment to it, in Sheffield via Derek Bailey during the mid-1980s. Although under-recorded (he claims ‘by choice’), Ross has worked with a huge number of musicians from around the world, including Tetuzi Akiyama, Ami Yoshida, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Paul Hession, Rhodri Davies, John Butcher and Evan Parker, as well as his close friends Eddie Prevost, Seymour Wright, and Sebastian Lexer.

SEYMOUR WRIGHT / alto saxophone

“Saxophonist Seymour Wright has emerged as the most important saxophonist of his generation. . . [He] shows a command of the saxophone which in contrast to most ‘non-idiomatic’ playing – cynically translated as ‘make your saxophone sound like anything other than a saxophone’ – has deep roots in a tradition of playing that goes back to Frankie Trumbauer, Coleman Hawkins and Willie Smith.” - Brian Morton

Seymour Wright website


Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Peter Brötzmann, Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.

In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book ‘Improvisation; its nature and practise’. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins).

"Unrepeatable moments of collective inspiration and sudden sunlit shafts of modal near melody punctuate the continuing energy blur." Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times

YONI SILVER / bass clarinet

Yoni Silver is a multidisciplinary musician, bass clarinetist, saxophonist, violinist, composer, improvisor and performer. An active player in the Israeli contemporary, noise and free improv scenes, Silver has performed with musicians such as Birgit Uhler, Damon Smith, Alex Drool, Wolfgang Fuchs, Steve Noble, Grisha Shakhnes and others. He is a member of the International Hyperion Ensemble lead by Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram, and is also an avid solo performer.

As composer and arranger he has written for and collaborated with Ilan Volkov in Tectonics Tel Aviv 2013, the Israeli Contemporary Players, the Israeli Philharmonic, the Tel Aviv Soloist Ensemble, radical documentary director Avi Mugrabi, artist Gilad Ratman for the venice biennale 2013 etc. Silver's instrumental style is a combination of an explorative approach towards the sonic capabilities of the instrument, with an aesthetic drawing on noise and sound-evolution oriented approaches such as spectralism.

"So surrealistic that it could be perfect for an imaginary remake of the soundtrack for visionary movies such as The Holy Mountain by Jodorowski or even Simon of The Desert by Bunuel, a sort of monody whereas the recording technique seems to be intended to highlight the most experimental possible expressions which clarinet could offer. The frenzy tapping on holes, the circular breathing and the weirdy insufflation sound are just parts of rhythmical and tone-colour research more than of a melodic one. Breath, air, saliva and skin sound like having become essential elements of the instrument, materializing almost an interpenetration with any part of it." -- Vito Camarretta (Chain DLK)

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