steve beresford

SATURDAY 6th March 2010


Times : 8pm

Tickets : £8 adv. / £10 on the door

JAPAS available at the bar


"Steve Beresford has
been a central figure in the London improvised music scene for almost
four decades. To celebrate his 60th birthday he brings together some
of the most important figures in free music, many of whom he has
collaborated with through out his career."


Christian Marclay - turntables
Veryan Weston and Tania Chen - pianos
Lol Coxhill and John Butcher - saxophones
Satoko Fukuda - violin
Ute Kanngiesser - cello
Guillaume Viltard - contrabass
Steve Beresford - piano and electronics


Steve Beresford has played and composed a wide range of music on both pianos and electronics, from free improvisation to more commercial styles. Moving to London in 1974, he played in Derek Bailey’s Company, in the group Alterations with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack and in The Three Pullovers with Nigel Coombes and Roger Smith. Beresford has continued to play free improvisation with a large number of prominent musicians, including Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn and Han Bennink. He has collaborated with Christian Marclay in various ways for many years, and he has a new CD on Emanem – Check For Monsters – with Peter Evans and Okkyung Lee.



John Butcher ’s music ranges through free improvisation, composition, multi-tracked saxophone pieces and work with live electronics, amplification and feedback. He is well known as a solo performer and has recently released Resonant Spaces which explores extreme acoustics. He has composed pieces for Polwechsel, Elision, the Rova Saxophone Quartet and "somethingtobesaid" for his own Octet. He started playing the saxophone while studying physics, but, after finishing a doctorate on quantum chromodynamics, he left academia and focused on music - working in the '80s with Chris Burn, John Russell, Phil Durrant, Paul Lovens and Radu Malfatti. In the early 90s he joined what became the final version of John Stevens’s Spontaneous Music Ensemble and also began playing with Derek Bailey and Phil Minton. Recent projects include Thermal with EX guitarist Andy Moor & Thomas Lehn, The Contest of Pleasures with Axel Doerner and Xavier Charles, and duos with Steve Beresford, Fred Frith, Akio Suzuki and many more.


Initially influenced by Fluxus and Punk rock in the 1970s, Christian Marclay began his exploration into sound through performances with phonograph records in 1979. He then moved to New York where he became an active figure in the downtown new music scene in the 1980s. He is considered a pioneer in experimenting, composing, and performing with records and turntables. Over the past 30 years, Marclay has explored the fusion of art and audio cultures, transforming sounds and music into a visible, physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography, and video. Marclay has collaborated with musicians such as John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Zeena Parkins, Shelley Hirsh, Steve Bersford, Butch Morris, Okkyung Lee, Otomo Yoshihide, Arto Lindsay, and Sonic Youth among many others.


Veryan Weston moved to London from Cornwall in 1972 and began playing as a freelance jazz pianist as well as developing as an improviser. Veryan performed music for a range of films and documentaries, most notably with Lol Coxhill for Derek Jarman's Carravaggio (1985). Throughout the 1980s and early 90s he worked primarily with the Eddie Prévost Quartet, Trevor Watts' Moiré Music and duets with Lol Coxhill and Phil Minton. He also worked in other ensemble projects with Minton, including 'riverun' the Phil Minton Quartet with John Butcher and Roger Turner and many more.


Lowen Coxhill, generally known as Lol Coxhill (born 19 September 1932, in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England) is a free improvising saxophonist and raconteur. He plays the soprano or sopranino saxophone.

Coxhill has collaborated with other musicians including Kevin Ayers, Steve Miller (of Caravan), Mike Oldfield, Morgan Fisher (of Mott the Hoople), Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, The Dedication Orchestra, Django Bates, The Damned, Hugh Metcalfe, Derek Bailey and performance art group Welfare State.

Coxhill was compere and occasional performer at the Bracknell Jazz Festival, and a raconteur as well as a musician; indeed it was following a performance at Bracknell that he recorded the monologue Murder in the Air.


Satoko Fukuda was born in Japan 1981. She started the violin at the age of seven and at nine came over to England to study with Catherine Lord. Her first concerto debut was at the age of thirteen for the Angelo Japanese Society and she has since performed and recorded in UK and Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria, Japan, Israel, RSA and USA. In 1997, she was invited to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School on full scholarship with Natasha Boyarskaya and Lucia Ibragimova. During this time as a soloist she made her television appearance in Japan, was invited to perform at the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Opera House with her Quartet and led the Menuhin School orchestra through Live Broadcast for Classic FM and the Menuhin Festival tour in Switzerland as well as at the Royal Albert and Queen Elizabeth Halls. Satoko recently graduated from the Royal College of Music where she studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky as a Joseph and Jill Karaviotis Scholar with prestigious awards such as the Ian Stouker Prize and the English Speaking Union Scholarship. Satoko has travelled internationally with Concordia and was awarded the Concordia Serena Nevill prize for 2007.


Tania Chen is a London, UK-based concert pianist specialising in experimental, improvised and contemporary music. She is known for performing the works of composers such as Cornelius Cardew (Recording), Michael Parsons, John Cage, Earle Brown (recording), Morton Feldman and Chris Newman. Composers of the younger generation she has worked with include John Lely, Li-Chuan Chong and James Saunders.


Ute Kanngiesser (cello)


Guillaume Viltard (contrabass)