Sunday 17 July 2022, 8pm
The Noisy Women are singer Maggie Nicols, artist Gwendolyn Kassenaar, pianist Marion Treby and multi-instrumentalist and T’ai Chi practitioner Faradena Afifi. Our concert series is an open and inclusive celebration of creativity and diversity. Performances explore collaborations with musicians from various backgrounds, visual artists, and people involved in dance, movement and spoken word.
Saxophonist. Born in 1996, in Athens. Graduand from Ionian University with Integrated Master’s degree in jazz saxophone. She is an active member of the Greek Jazz and Free Improvisation music scene. She has collaborated with artists as Maggie Nicols, Markus Stockhausen, Christer Bothén, Martin Küchen, Bram De Looze, Giorgos Kontrafouris etc. She has recorded with various artists around Europe. This year she will be part of three album releases.
Curator of ‘The Noisy Women Present’ and the ‘Noisy People’s Improvising Orchestra’. She plays bowed string instruments, piano and percussion and uses voice and movement. She is also a community musician, street and folk musician. She specialises in healing music and T’ai Chi - based exercises for people with dementia, learning differences and brain injuries.
She started performing online improvised concerts during lockdown 2020, as a result of jamming online with Maggie Nicols, who introduced her to the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (GIO) and the Improvising Ensemble (IE). From there she performed with GIO, London Improvisers Orchestra and as part of Maggie Nicol’s Creative Liberation Orchestra in Stockholm in 2021. She performs in duos with Maggie Nicols and Steve Beresford. She co-leads the International Online Improvising Workshop with Tony Hardie Bick, the online sister of The London Improvising Workshop originally started by Eddie Prevost. Faradena also co-runs Aviolanche with Benedict Taylor, an all viola players improvising group.
Gwendolyn Kassenaar is a Dutch Visual Artist & performer based in London. A graduate from Chelsea College of Art, she collaborates with dancers and musicians in her live-art performances and studio-based work. She improvises in the moment to express the intangible poetry of that ephemeral moment. She embraces experimentation in her quest to fuse visual art, rhythm, colour, sound and movement.
Gwendolyn’s art is known for her bold, gestural strokes and vibrant use of colour. Recently it has been shown at Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, Vortex Jazz club and in a solo exhibit in Shoreditch. It features on album covers and in private and corporate collections in the UK and abroad. An active participant in the London jazz scene, she is resident artist and curator at Freedom (Vortex), avant-garde Skronk and Melifera (HYG).
Recent performances include a large live-painted mural in Shoreditch with dancer Petra Haller, commissioned by OTZ Gallery; a multi-disciplinary performance at the Hundred Years Gallery including a poetry recital; and a duet with internationally renowned Chinese percussionist Beibei Wang at SOAS. She co-founded the new Noisy Women series with Faradena Afifi and Maggie Nicols. Their recent launch received critical acclaim in The Wire magazine.
Visit https://www.instagram.com/gwendolynkassenaar/ to view latest work.
Emily Suzanne Shapiro is a bass clarinettist and clarinettist dedicated to exploring and creating new music. Originally from Canada, Emily pursued her studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Academy of Music, Concordia University and the Domaine Forget academy. Emily has a special love for the sound and scope of bass instruments and constantly pushes the limits of what she can do on bass clarinet.
Alongside performing contemporary music on bass clarinet, Emily is involved in many other musical endeavours. Composing and improvising are central to her career, and she has been an active performer of Balinese gamelan for 10 years and has also explored jazz, klezmer, rock and electroacoustics. She is always seeking out new artistic experiences to enrich and motivate her work.
Maggie Nicols joined London's legendary Spontaneous Music Ensemble in 1968 as a free improvisation vocalist. She then became active running voice workshops with an involvement in local experimental theatre. She later joined the group Centipede, led by Keith and Julie Tippets and in 1977, with musician/composer Lindsay Cooper, formed the remarkable Feminist Improvising Group. She continues performing and recording challenging and beautiful work, in music and theatre, either in collaborations with a range of artists (Irene Schweitzer, Joelle Leandre, Ken Hyder, Caroline Kraabel) as well as solo.
Hyelim Kim is a world-renowned traditional Korean taegum flute player. Kim is a regular member of the Third Orchestra (Barbican Centre) and the London-based contemporary band Club Inégales. Based on her belief that Korean heritage can act as an artistic inspiration for the contemporary and cosmopolitan environment of the UK, Kim has set up and leads the music and dance group, the Shilla Ensemble