Thursday 6 October 2022, 8pm
Over the last years, Terry Day has been adding his discography to Cafe OTO's Terry Day Archives with the support of Unpredictable Series. This project will include 50 + albums by the end of the year.
To celebrate the Terry Day Archives project we present an exceptional evening with:
- GK4 - Terry Day, Mike Figgis, George Khan and Charlie Hart.
- A duo with Rosey Chan & Blanca Regina with visuals by Pierre Bouvier Patron
- A solo by Charlie Hart
The GK4 were original members of the PEOPLE BAND between 1965 to 1972 and are amongst a few small groups originating from the People Band. After that, Mike Figgis achieved international acclaim for making and directing Movies. George Khan became a grand gentleman working with the People Show. Charlie Hart found his niche with Ronnie Lanes "SLIM CHANCE", which he continues to play with. Terry Day continues to remain in the 'Improvised Music Scene’.
Rosie Chan and Blanca Regina combine as a duo for the first time, blending classical piano and modes of improvisation and electronics accompanied by the visuals created by Pierre Bouvier Patron.
A very rare violin solo set from Charlie Hart.
Terry Day is a first generation pioneer improviser from the 1960s: an improviser, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, songwriter, visual artist and poet.
A self-taught musician in a family of musicians, he began improvising on the drums with his brother in 1955. In the early ‘60s he formed the Hardy Holman Day trio, focusing on free improvisation. Later he became part of the band Kilburn & the Highroads, with Ian Dury. Sharing their interest in visual art and painting they both studied at Walthamstow School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art, London. As an art student in the ‘60s he was also a pioneer of free improvisation, free jazz & experimental music.
He formed a duo with guitarist Derek Bailey in the late ´60s and was a regular member of The Continuous Music Ensemble,The People Band and, later on, Alterations with David Toop, Steve Beresford & Peter Cusack.
Terry has collaborated with many musical luminaries, groups, dancers, painters, poets and performed in theatre. He now plays bamboo reed flutes, drums, recorders, balloons & improvises with his lyrics, prose and verse. Since 2000 he has been part of London Improvisers Orchestra. In recent years he has toured twice in both Japan and Brazil, and has performed with improvising orchestras in Malaga, Tokyo and Madrid.
Mike began playing the drums and trumpet at the age of 11 and picked up the guitar at the age of 15. He started playing with rock bands, which included one with Brian Ferry called The Gas Board when he was 16.
Two years later, Mike went to Trent Park to study music, and during this time he explored the music scene in London. He began playing with a Free Jazz group known as The People Band, as well as joining the associated People Show. He has continued performing in various versions of those groups ever since.
Mike scores his own movies, always motivated by the emotions in the film. He lays down basic tracks and then brings in exceptional musicians to improvise over his structures.
George Khan, also sometimes credited as Nisam Ahmed Khan, is an artist and multiinstrumentalist who has been part of the British music scene since the late ‘60s. He principally plays saxophones and flute and is a long time member of the People Band. In the ‘70s he recorded with the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Robert Wyatt.
Rosey Chan is a multimedia artist based in London. Her creative output combines a wide range of practices, from music and design to dance, fashion, and architecture. A virtuoso musician who studied piano and composition at the Royal College of Music, Rosey’s solo concerts incorporate cinematic visuals and cutting-edge audio technologies. Her music is an amalgamation of her own compositions, musical improvisations, and selected classical repertoire along with electronic and genre-bending sonic influences.
Early on in her own self-isolation experience, Rosey began Mindful Piano Music, a playlist, including new piano compositions, designed to audibly stimulate creativity, work, and study while confined in the home or studio. Initially created for family and friends, the playlist is now available to the public.
Blanca Regina (b.1980) is an interdisciplinary artist, tutor, and independent curator who works with spontaneous composition systems creating multimedia landscapes using voice, objects, electronics, and visuals. She also makes books, prints, and films and provides lectures, workshops in the UK and internationally. With Steve Beresford - Unpredictable Series - she has co-produced three albums, working with Dave Hunt in London, ‘What Blue’ (2020) Duets with Steve Beresford; ‘Duets with Blanca Regina, Spontaneous Music, - various artists –‘ (2019), ‘Art of Improvisers (2017) - various artists.
For over ten years, she has been working with Terry Day on his art and music archives and completing a documentary film.
A recipient of the composer/ curator Grant and Paul Chagrin award - Sound & Music, her work has been supported by Arts Council England, British Music Collection, Amexcid, Photo-España, and Garage Cube. www.blancaregina.com
Charlie Hart is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. He plays bass, fiddle, accordion and piano and has played and written with Ian Dury and Ronnie Lane (Slim Chance), and worked with Charlie Watts, Eric Clapton, The Who Acoustic, as well as various African and improvising bands often with Terry Day and George Khan. He also wrote the music for the Oscar-nominated animated film ‘Triangle’ back in the 1990s. Currently he leads his own band (Charlie Hart’s) Equators as well as playing regularly with Slim Chance.