Thursday 19 July 2018, 7.30pm, OTO Project Space
Born 1962 in Gevelsberg, Germany. Has worked since 1986 as a performer and composer with several musicians and in different musical situations, both as a collaborator and leading his own groups including musicians like: Louis Moholo, Sirone, Paul Hession, Roberto Bellatalla,Willi Kellers, Luc Houtkamp, Martin Blume, Johannes Bauer, Werner Lüdi a.m.o. Concerts and Festivals in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Slovakia, and England
Paul Hession was born in Leeds in 1956. He took up drumming as a young teenager and since then has played and broadcast in many European & Scandinavian countries as well as Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, USA & Canada. He has played with many of the major figures on the free music scene, such as: Peter Brötzmann, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Sunny Murray, Marshall Allen, Frode Gjerstad, Peter Kowald, Joe McPhee, Borah Bergman, Otomo Yoshihide & his old friends Alan Wilkinson, Simon Fell, Hans Peter Hiby and Mick Beck. Collaborators from a different scene are Squarepusher and dj/producer Paul Woolford. He is known to relish the interaction of collective music-making, but also responds to the challenge of solo performance.
Born 1986 in Ireland. He first came to Leeds in 2007 to study Jazz (BA Hons) at Leeds College of Music and graduated in June 2010. Since then he worked with a variety of musicians from different disciplines and backgrounds. Some of the bands Michael has played with include Shatner's Bassoon, Tipping Point, Sean Noonan’s Pavees Dance, Hiby-Bardon-Hession Trio, Hession/DeBezenac/Bardon, Craig Scott’s Lobotomy, Dave Kane's Rabbit Project Orchestra, Nat Birchall Quintet and Ben Cottrell’s New Seeing.
Michael has had the privilege of playing at some of the top venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe including Sant'anna Arresi Jazz Festival (Sardinia), Haldern Pop Festival
(Germany), Experimenta Festival, (Bari, Italy) Locomotive Jazz Fest (Italy), Jazz Od Nowa Fest (Poland), Manchester Jazz Festival, The Vortex, Club Integral (London).
Alan Wilkinson was a formative part of the Leeds experimental music scene in the 80s, founding the Termite Club and as part of the ferocious Hession/Wilkinson/Fell trio. Since relocating to London in 1990 he has continued to play and promote the music and remains one of the most powerful saxophone voices around today, recently adding bass clarinet to his usual Alto and Baritone. He has played with Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Chris Corsano, Akira Sakata, Thurston Moore, Spiritualized and many others, and is currently active with his Norwegian quartet Akode, Wilkinson/Edwards/Noble, Mark Wastell groups, The Founder Effect and running his club night flimflam.
"At its highest points, this session unleashes some of the most preposterously powerful energy jazz heard since Peter Brötzmann's Yatagarasu trio with Takeo Moriyama and Masahiko Satoh" - Daniel Spicer, The WIRE