Monday 23 September 2019, 7.30pm
Maggie Nicols (UK) / voice, tap-dance
Lisa Ullén (SE) / piano
Matilda Rolfsson (SE/ NO) / bass drum, percussion
Trio Generations are three free-improvising musicians from three different generations.
They first met as a band in London 2016, on initiative of Swedish percussionist Matilda Rolfsson. Their music can be described as developments of spontaneous, impressionistic and abstract improvisations with elements from free jazz, song forms and vaudeville, sometimes theatrical and with a sense of despair from the deepest place, but always with evolving playfulness and with a sublime sharpness that creates tension and clarity in the music. Their debut album, “Unfolding”, (vinyl) was released on Particular recordings Collective, on Nov 2018.
Maggie Nicols, 1948. is one of the most distinguished improvisers today. She is based in Wales and London and has worked with everyone in the avantgarde/music-scene since the late 60´s, well known for her works with players such as Julie Tippets, Phil Minton, John Stevens & The Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Les Diábolics, and many more.
Lisa Ullén, 1964. Is one of Sweden’s most beloved improvising pianist. She constant travels the world and occurs in many different projects, she recently released a triple solo album: "Piano Works" (2017).
Matilda Rolfsson, 1987. Is a Swedish percussionist and improviser based in Trondheim, Norway. She can be seen and heard in many constellations and in different projects together with musicians and dancers from all over Europe.
Phil Minton comes from Torquay. He played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook Band in the early 60s - Then in dance and rock bands in Europe for the later of part of the decade. He returned to England in 1971, rejoining Westbrook and was involved in many of his projects until the mid 1980′s.
For most of the last forty years, Minton has been working as an improvising singer in lots of groups, orchestras, and situations. Numerous composers have written music especially for his extended vocal techniques. He has a quartet with Veryan Weston, Roger Turner and John Butcher, and ongoing duos, trios and quartets with above and many other musicians.
Since the eighties, His Feral Choir, where he voice-conducts workshops and concerts for anyone who wants to sing, has performed in over twenty countries.
“Phil Minton is best known for his startling vocal improvisations. On his new solo CD, this sensible looking man proffers 37 thin slices of his unfettered soul. Not long ago these croaks, burps, high-pitched exhalations, deep-throated drones and shreds of garbled half-language would have seen Minton either burnt or hailed as an emissary of God.” – Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times