Tuesday 21 August 2018, 7.30pm
Carolyn Hume / piano, keyboards
Paul May / drums
Hume and May create dreamy, indefinite improvisations, sometimes menacing and dark, with the minimalist romanticism and twitching jungle rhythms, cinematic strings and vaporous trajectories of melancholy. In almost twenty years as a duo they've released five albums together.
Tom Clarke / drums
Peter Marsh / bass, electronics etc
Shark Calmer's quickfire improvisations generate untidy pileups of free jazz scrabble, prog fusion thwackery and asymmetrical funk wobbling, spiced up with electronic glitchery and deep space ambient noodling....
Charlie Beresford / acoustic guitar/voice
Sonia Hammond / cello
Formed in 2014 improvising duo Charlie Beresford (acoustic guitar/voice) and Sonia Hammond (cello) both herald from the Welsh Marches, a wild landscape that has left a deep imprint on the sounds they make. Their first album 'The Science of Snow' was born when the two found themselves at a loose end due to a cancelled studio session, they used the opportunity to record some duo improvisations together just to see where it would go. From this chance session the duo decided to release the recording through 'The 52nd' label. ‘The Science of Snow' received critical acclaim in both the UK and mainland Europe. World wide radio airplay from the US to Germany led to the duo performing in Hungary and Austria as well as the the UK. In 2016 they teamed up with pianist Carolyn Hume (Fourth Page) to form the Beresford Hammond Hume trio and released the also much lauded album 'The Lightning Bell'. Also released through 'The 52nd' this CD contained performances by the singer Judie Tzuke who had joined them on a couple of their laid back recording sessions. The latest duo album released in 2017 is called 'Each Edge of the Field'.
“Across these three albums they have demonstrated that they have the capacity to generate fresh, engaging music endlessly. We must hope that they continue to do so well into the foreseeable future.” John Eyles All About Jazz
'This is a beguiling album, rich in emotional inflexions. Its mimetic melancholy is offset both by the immediacy of the performance and its poetry. It is really quite beautiful.' – Tim Owen Dalston Sound
“This stuff comes from a border country and a border state.” – The Wire