Thursday 14 April 2016, 6pm, OTO Project Space
An early evening celebrating improvised music. Saxophonist Julie Kjær has gathered a strong team
of some of the most inventive and fearless improvisers from the London and UK improv scene. At this concert the bass instruments are in focus.
Seth Bennett / double bass
Olie Brice / double bass
Dominic Lash / double bass
Thodoris Ziarkas / double bass
Julie Kjær / bass clarinet, alto flute & alto sax
Olie Brice is an improvising double bassist from London. He leads two bands - a quintet that plays his original compositions and a freely improvising trio featuring Tobias Delius and Mark Sanders. He has also worked with musicians including Paul Dunmall, Tony Malaby, Steve Swell, Achim Kaufmann, Alex Ward and Ingrid Laubrock.
“Brice makes the entire body of his bass sing. He has the ability to deliver a fractal line that is as purposeful as any by the great jazz bassists, but to do so within an entirely abstract setting” - Brian Morton, Point of Departure
A double bassist based in Dundee, Seth Bennett came up through punk music, spending his twenties playing in a roster of different bands. On the side, he was improvising, exploring speculative sound through the lens of jazz music, as well as in more formless, functionless set-ups. As a self-taught musician with no formal training, Seth’s development as a performer and composer came largely through seeking out any collaborative opportunity he could find, be it working with English folk singers, contemporary dancers or jazz bands. Over the years, he’s also amassed experience as a bandleader, writing primarily for a free improvising trio while attempting to fully unlock the hidden potentials of his instrument.
Dominic Lash is an improviser and composer. A partial list of musicians he has worked with includes Antoine Beuger, Tony Conrad, Angharad Davies, Jürg Frey, Elizabeth Harnik, James Ilgenfritz, Charlotte Keeffe, Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, Éliane Radigue, Mark Sanders, Roger Turner, Fay Victor, and Philipp Wachsmann. Best known as a double bass player, he's emerged as a guitarist since the 2020 lockdown, during which he "spent his time developing a very interesting and personal approach to electric guitar... Lash uses the Telecaster's basic yet unique design super-effectively; the biting, percussive nature of the instrument highlighted by the sheer power in his contrabass-trained hands" (Paul Khimasia Morgan).
Double bassist and composer from Rhodes, Greece. Growing up with the sounds of Greek folk music mainly playing regional instruments such as the Lyra and tsabouna, he evolved through experimentation to discover the double bass. Currently based in London he is the co-founder of the group Valia Calda, as well as appearing regularly with the London Improvisers Orchestra, Michalis Kouloumis, Esquivo, Tasos Stamou and Bonnendis. Thodoris is also part of the movement & music improvisation series ‘’Metafora’’ with dancer/improviser Georgia Paizi.
Other collaborations include: Roman Gomez, Blam, No Clear Mind, Circuit, James Allsopp, Beibei Wang, Takatsuna Mukai, Dave Pattman, Tim Giles, Mimika Ensemble, Julie Kjær, Sue Lynch, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Adrian Northover, Duncan Eagels, Daimonia Nymphe, Gareth Lockrane, Orphy Robinson, Alex Bonney, Adam Bohman, Manos Achalinotopoulos, Electric Litany.
Julie Kjær's edgy and thoughtful playing and ‘dark, otherworldly imagery’ (Jazzwise) has become increasingly evident around Europe, inhabiting ground between composition and free improv. Experimenting with extended techniques, sound and rhythm she pushes her instruments to their limits. She tours internationally with Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and his Large Unit and she has toured internationally and recorded with Django Bates and StoRMChaser. Currently her main focus is on her trio, Julie Kjær 3, with bass player John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble. They’ve just released their debut album on 14th March '16 on Clean Feed. Julie also plays with London Improvisers Orchestra and is a leader and side woman of several other English and Danish ensembles. In 2014 she was chosen to be a Sound and Music “New Voice” Artist and was chosen as a featured composer by the British Music Collection.