Saturday 15 July 2017, 2–11pm

Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert

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A simple title, but it makes the purpose of this concert clear. The aim is to raise a substantial amount of money to donate to charities and groups supporting the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The artists participating are from a diversity of musical genres, they are united by their singular talents and an unswerving commitment to their art. 

The concert features performances from Aisha Orazbayeva, Beatrice Dillon (DJ), Pat Thomas, Howlround, Kuljit Bhamra, Lee Gamble (DJ), Keiko Kitamura, Adam Bohman, Shadow Justice Crew and Clive Graham (Paradigm Discs). 

There is a matinee performance from 2 - 4pm, and an evening concert from 7.30 until 11.00pm followed by party tunes until midnight.   

This event is produced by Richard Thomas with the assistance and support of Fielding Hope and the team at Cafe Oto, Resonance FM and The Wire. Special thanks to Ed Baxter and Jennifer Lucy-Allan. 


Adam Bohman is an inimitable figure within the world of experimental music. Working with home-made instruments, found objects and tape cut-ups  Adam's music is extremely idiosyncratic. As well as being a prolific solo artist Adam is also a member of many experimental music groups including Morphogenesis, The Bohman Brothers, Secluded Bronte, The London Improvisers Orchestra and many other ad hoc collaborations. He is a persistent audio-diarist and regularly organises concerts as part of the Horse Improv collective. 

The consummate pianist Pat Thomas studied classical piano from the age of 8 and started playing Jazz at 16. He has since gone on to develop a unique style that embraces improvisation, jazz and new music. Thomas has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and also in the trio AND with Bailey and  Steve Noble, he has also performed with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra, and in duo with the late Lol Coxhill. 

Keiko Kitamura is a koto and shamisen virtuoso. She studied in a prefecture of Hiroshima under the tutelage of one of the great master players. Kitamura has worked with the likes of Jah Wobble and many others. She has performed throughout the world in venues ranging from Sydney Opera House to Ronnie Scott's. In 2014 Kitamura was the recipient of the Michio Miyagi Memorial Contest award for koto composition.

A DJ set by Beatrice Dillon provides the prelude, interludes and coda for the matinee concert. Dillon is a composer and performer who investigates the fugitive, infra-thin zone that exists between avant-garde musics and electronic dance music.

EVENING CONCERT (7.30pm - 11pm)

Howlround create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel tape machines. They first came to prominence with the widely acclaimed 2012 LPThe Ghosts Of Bush, Howlround has now expanded to a sextet (four machines, two people).

Aisha Orazbayeva is a superlative violinist and composer. Orazbayeva has released three critically acclaimed solo albums, these albums feature both her own compositions and interpretations of composers such as Telemann and Sciarrino. She is also a member of the ensembles Plus-Minus and Apartment House.

Forthcoming are two new albums, Morton Feldman’s Piano, Violin, Viola, Celloon Another Timbre and, with Naomi Sato, John Cage’s Two 4 for violin and sho on SN Variations.

One of the pioneers of Bhangra, producing and composing thousand of songs for Bollywood movies and Bhangra stars, Kuljit Bhamra is a musical polymath and a great percussionist. For this concert he performs tabla, augmented with harmonium and additional percussion. Bhamra is an internationally acclaimed composer and musical director working in both theatre and cinema. He is the former Artistic Director for the Society Of The Promotion Of New Music (SPNM).

Lee Gamble (DJ) bridges the gap between hardcore psychoacoustic electronic experimentation and psychotropic dance music. He is also the founder of the UIQ label. For this concert Gamble presents a tailor-made DJ set. 

Providing the prelude and interludes for the evening concert is a special DJ set from the proprietor of one of the U.Ks most consistent publishers of experimental music Clive Graham of Paradigm Discs.

Shadow Justice Crew provide the party tunes at the end of the evening. DJ Larry Foster and DJ 5'4Real have a penchant for bass, usually of the Miami variety.

Recommended Donation £10 on the door. Minimum Donation £5 on the door

Free entry for Grenfell Tower residents, firefighters and NHS medical staff.

In association with The WIRE and Resonance FM

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