Tuesday 21 April 2015, 8pm
Subtle but mercurial music exploring the unimagined possibilities that still exist within acoustic instruments from a newly formed trio of highly experienced improvisers.
Axel Dörner / trumpet
Roger Turner / drums, percussion
Dominic Lash / double bass
Also on the bill, the first public performance from a new string trio comprising Billy Steiger (violin), Jennifer Allum (violin) and Oliver Barrett (cello).
German trumpeter Axel Dörner has a unique style of playing based on unusual, often self-invented techniques that make use of breath and microscopic sounds as much as conventional note-playing - but that didn't stop him winning the prestigious SWR Jazz Prize in 2006.One Final Note has described him as “one of the most interesting improvisers in the world, an instrumentalist of prodigious technique, deep sensitivity, and a creativity that continues to grow with each release.”
Over decades Roger Turner has brought the renowned volcanic power and finely honed precision of his drum work to ensembles that have often forged real connections with musicians both sides of the Atlantic. In addition he has worked extensively in the microscopic laboratory of the acoustic duo situation where he acquired a highly developed sense of detail and of dynamic control. One of that select group of world-class players who have collectively redefined the language of contemporary percussion. In Turner's hands minute inflections of tension can shape the group's musical direction and galvanise a new level of audience experience.
Bassist Dominic Lash is based in Bristol and has performed with musicians such as Tony Conrad, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, and the late Steve Reid. Current projects include The Dominic Lash Quartet (with Javier Carmona, Ricardo Tejero, and Alex Ward), Bleyschool (with Pat Thomas and Tony Orrell), Pigeon (with Matthew Grigg, Tina Hitchens, and Yvonna Magda) and a trio with Stefan Keune and Steve Noble. He also has longstanding and ongoing collaborations with John Butcher, Seth Cooke, Angharad Davies, Tim Hill, and Mark Wastell.
Billy Steiger was born in Howth on the 16th December, 1986. Now he plays the violin.
“Then he sat down by a pond and began to play a tune. As he played, the most extraordinary thing happened. One by one the fish in the pond began to jump out and fly about in the air. And what is more, they were all different colours and they were singing to the music.”
Patrick, Quentin Blake.
Jennifer Allum is a violinist who improvises and plays experimental music. While she was a post graduate student at Goldsmiths, London in 2005 she began to attend Eddie Prevost's weekly improvisation workshops and to work with composers such as Christian Wolff, Tom Johnson, Michael Pisaro and Michael Parsons. She has three recordings available from Matchless Recordings, the latest of which is a duo cd with the cellist Ute Kanngiesser, which was recorded in Hackney's historic bell tower.
Oliver Barrett is a musician and illustrator currently living in London. Having played in various bands, Oliver has most recently put out several releases under his 'Petrels' moniker on various labels internationally including Denovali, Tartaruga, and Patient Sounds. As a composer he has had work commissioned by the BFI, London Word Festival and the Southbank Centre amongst others. A multi-instrumentalist, Oliver's musical practice ranges from solo electronics, acoustic improvisation, band work, and sound art, to orchestral arrangements and song, drawing influences from a broad spectrum.