Legendary People Band drummer and improvisor Terry Day presents a trio with Alexander Hawkins on piano and Guillaume Viltard on double bass alongside an expanded quintet that adds Alex Bonney and Ntshuks Bonga on horns.
Alexander Hawkins / Piano Ntshuks Bonga / Alto Sax Alex Bonney / Trumpet Guillaume Viltard / Bass Terry Day / Drums
Terry Day was a founder member in 1965 of the legendary People Band, in which he played drums and myriad other instruments. (A double CD of archive material with notes by Day is just out on Emanem). He was also a member of the group Alterations, which included Beresford, David Toop and Peter Cusack. He makes his own bamboo pipes and writes many poems. For this performance he's back on drumset.
Alexander Hawkins is a pianist, organist, composer and bandleader who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a ‘dazzling new apex’ (Downbeat). Self-taught, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, saxophonist / clarinettist Ntshuks Bonga has worked mostly in free improvisation and South African jazz over the years, although he is occasionally found in theatrical settings or plying with musicians such as Lydia Lunch and Robyn Hitchcock.
Recent projects include the Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit, Qwati ("South African Jazz meets Billy Strayhorn" band with pianist Alexander Hawkins), the Corey Mwamba / Andy Champion / Ntshuks Bonga trio and well as many long standing musical relationships with musicians including Claude Deppa, Veryan Weston, Orphy Robinson, Dave Draper, Hannah Marshall, Mark Sanders, Kay Grant, Otto Fischer etc. Ntshuks is increasingly spending time playing in Cape Town and forging relationships with the resident musicians.
ALEX BONNEY / Trumpet
Alex studied jazz compostition at Middlessex University under former Loose tubes members Eddie Parker, Chris Batchelor, Stuart Hall and also Nikki Iles.
He is based in London and plays in a variety of projects, Including Splice, electro acoustic trio Leverton Fox (who in 2010 played a UK tour supporting Norwegian band Humcrush), he has a critically acclaimed improvising duo with bassist Dave Kane, a jazz quartet quartet performing original compositions featuring Jeff Williams and a tribute to Albert Ayler project featuring Paul Dunmall and Mark Sanders.
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.