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Monday 28 September 2015, 8pm

SOFA presents: MURAL + Keith Rowe / John Tilbury (duo)

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Great SOFA Records double release show featuring Mural – the trio of Jim Denley, Kim Myhr and Ingar Zach, who'll be performing following the release of new 3CD set, Tempo, recorded live during a 4-hour performance at the Rothko Chapel in 2013 – and a duo performance from legendary improvisers and AMM luminaries, Keith Rowe and John Tilbury, ahead of the release of a monumental 4CD box set, Enough still not to know, produced by visual artist Kjell Bjørgeengen. A night of music to savour.

Keith Rowe

Keith Rowe (born 16 March 1940 in Plymouth, England) is an English free improvisation tabletop guitarist and painter. Rowe is a founding member of both the influential AMM in the mid-1960s (though in 2004 he quit that group for the second time) and M.I.M.E.O. Having trained as a visual artist, Rowe's paintings have been featured on most of his own albums. After years of obscurity, Rowe has achieved a level of relative notoriety, and since the late 1990s has kept up a busy recording and touring schedule. He is seen as a godfather of EAI (electroacoustic improvisation), with many of his recent recordings having been released by Erstwhile Records.

John Tilbury

John Tilbury is renowned for his peerless interpretation of the piano music of Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff and Howard Skempton. In addition to the performances and seminal recordings that he has made of these composers’ works, he has been an eloquent advocate of their music in his writing and speaking about them. The same is true of the attention he has paid to the music and ideas of Cornelius Cardew, the subject of his authoritative biography published in 2008, and with whom he played in the legendary improvisation groups the Scratch Orchestra and AMM. In the last ten years John Tilbury has performed a range of plays and prose pieces by Samuel Beckett.

Video by Helen Petts


MURAL consists of Australian windplayer Jim Denley, with Norwegians Kim Myhr (guitar) and Ingar Zach (percussion). They first performed in 2007 in Madrid, and have made concerts around the world since. The trio has released two critically acclaimed records.

“a haunting world of breathtaking timbral beauty ...an extraordinary creation” – The Wire Magazine

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