Friday 1 April 2022, 8pm
A large improvising ensemble brought together by Caroline Kraabel; for this event it is made up of women and non-binary people; the group is also open to trans people.
Khabat Abas, cello
Sofia Vaisman-Maturana, cello,
Isidora Edwards, cello
Shama Rahman, sitar
Shima Kobayashi, chromatic harmonica
Emi Watanabe, flutes
Emily Shapiro, clarinets
Caroline Kraabel, alto sax (contributing a piece for improvisers)
Dee Byrne, alto sax (contributing a piece for improvisers)
Sue Lynch, tenor sax, flute, clarinet (contributing a piece for improvisers)
Cath Roberts, baritone sax
Charlotte Keeffe, trumpet
Rosa Theodora, piano
Beibei Wang, percussion (contributing a piece for improvisers)
Greta Pistaceci, theremin and electronics
Kirsty Ferguson-Lewis, voice (contributing a piece for improvisers)
Lara Jones, soprano saxophone
Livia Garcia will provide an animated film-score for improvisation
ONe exciting thing about improvising as a person who is not a cis-gendered white man is working to find a new musical language, freeing oneself of the default assumptions built up over millennia of domination and oppression... this may produce musics and processes that sound wrong in some ways, or to some ears, but if we can conceive of them and allow ourselves to explore them it opens up novel, important and unfamiliar sound-worlds.
Improvising is also a way for us to be together safely in sound, life and communication while we search for these new languages... mutual respect; listening, uttering… knowing when we can be trusted NOT to listen, learning to listen in new ways... every timeoneplays there are new ways of hearing, as well as new things to hear.
Improvisation is also, by necessity, a big part of just being ‘other’ ... and otherness (that everyone has somewhere in their heart, in some tiny or huge place) is where we improvise from, because we have little choice but to seek...
We don’t want to be granted special privileges from which we’re currently excluded, but to re-make the world so all can be heard.
All proceeds from tonight’s gig will be donated to two organisations supporting refugees and civil society in Ukraine:
Providing the basic necessities of life, plus legal and psychological assistance for people in Ukraine, and those who have left Ukraine for Slovakia, offering a network of contacts and assistance for them in their integration into the labour market or education.
Providing humanitarian support to LGBTI people in Kyiv
More links for support for Ukraine and all refugees:
The Work Rights Centre in London is looking for anyone who can support with interpretation and translation into Ukrainian (or at least Russian!) to support them in their work helping Ukrainians in London and abroad.
If you are a multilingual person, translator, or interpreter eager to use your language skills to be of service to migrants and refugees (many different languages supported, work is online), please join the Respond Crisis Translation team: https://respondcrisistranslation.org/en/get-involved
Another well-established NGO, Translators Without Borders, seeks help for the Ukraine crisis from people with one of the following languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Romanian, and German. Sign up here
If you’d like to volunteer to provide free legal advice to Ukranians seeking to come to the UK, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This site is regularly updated with information on current needs, ways of helping and donating.
Come Back Alive is a Kyiv-based charity providing Ukraine’s Armed Forces with equipment, software, personal body protection and training. It’s confirmed as a genuine charity by several sources:
The needs of the thousands of people crossing the border into the Republic of Moldova are collected by the Moldovan authorities and provided to "Moldova for Peace". These goods and services are sought and identified in order to reach the refugees. Support their crowdfunding efforts here:
Support the detainees of the anti-war movement and the rule of law in Russia:
Support for Nigerians leaving Ukraine:
UN High Commission for Refugees Ukraine emergency appeal:
Choose love Ukraine appeal
With your donations we’ll be supporting projects (that meet our criteria) providing vital aid and services to those still in and fleeing Ukraine, including: emergency medical care, food, shelter, clothes, legal support, support for the LGBTQIA+ community and mental health support.
The Kyiv Independent needs support to continue reporting on the ground from Ukraine:
In London, donations of clothes, bedding, toiletries, medicines and medical supplies, sanitary products, wind-up or solar torches and chargers, batteries, and other essentials can be dropped off at:
The White Eagle Club, 211 Balham High Road SW17 7BQ, Tues/Weds/Thurs 09h00-19h00 and Sundays 10h00-17h00.
Support for all refugees:
Isidora Edwards is a Chilean cellist, improviser and composer, currently a PhD Researcher in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is actively exploring the intersection between performativity, materiality and imagination in sound from a feminist perspective. As a solo artist and in collaboration with multidisciplinary artists and ensembles Isidora has taken part in festivals of experimental music and contemporary dance worldwide: Ars Nova Festival Ravensburg, Dara String Festival Berlin & Cologne, Dança à Deriva Brazil, Gráfica Génesis Series ,Costa Rica, Ende Tymes Festival of Noise New York, Suture Soven, Soven, Iklectik Ballistik, London, WinterSound Festival, Canterbury.
Isidora holds a MMus in Creative Practice from Goldsmiths, a BMus in Music Performance from the Catholic University of Chile. She is a scholarship holder of the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development.
Sue Lynch currently runs ‘The Horse Improvised Music Club’ with Adam Bohman, Hutch Demouilpied and Adrian Northover. Has performed with
Adam Bohman, Eddie Prevost, Anna Homler, Steve Noble, Crystabel Riley, Caroline Kraabel, Sharon Gal and John Edwards. Recently performed as part of Tarek Atoui’s ‘Reverse Collection’ at The Tate Modern. In 2016 she formed, ‘Paradise Yard’-an electro acoustic ensemble, performing at Iklectik, Cafe Oto and The ICA. In 2018, she performed at 3 Klange Tag Festival, Switzerland with Hildegard Kleeb, at Womad BBC Stage and Guess Who Festival-Utrecht, with The Scorpios, psychedelic Sudanese band and solo saxophone at Le Pied Nu Festival, France.
As a concert artist of chromatic harmonica, Shima has played throughout Japan and abroad, pioneering a new repertoire for the chromatic harmonica since winning the world championship in 1995.
Since settling in the UK in 2003, in addition to her harmonica career, she has expanded her activities to include music education, workshops and improvisation projects.
Rosa Theodora is a London-based musician who plays the piano, bass, synth and percussion. She recently graduated from SOAS University of London with an MA in Music in Development, and in 2016 she graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English and Music. She is currently involved in a number of projects, including Paradise Yard Ensemble (electro-acoustic ensemble), Existential Dress (marimba punk duo) Noon Garden (psych-pop), Los Bravos (Peruvian psychedelic cumbia), and is also in the process of composing a piece to be featured on the Tour de Moon’s Moon Music EP, which will be transmitted to the moon and back using Earth-Moon-Earth technology.
Emi Watanabe was born in Japan where she trained in traditional flutes. Emi plays three different types of traditional flutes – Ryuteki, Nohkan and Shinobue. She has been invited to perform with numerous musicians since she moved to the UK in 1995.
Emily Suzanne Shapiro is a bass clarinetist and clarinetist 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.
She is a proud member of Duo Arasari, the London Improviser’s Orchestra, the Corner Quartet and Lila Cita and has performed all over London, including iklectik, Café Oto, Hundred Years Gallery, LSO St Luke’s, the Vaults festival, the Barbican and many more. She founded and curates the Mellifera arts platform, a monthly interdisciplinary arts performance event and the Lonely Impulse Collective, and online daily solo improvised music project.
Outside of music, Emily loves gardening, running, whisky and making friends with animals.
Dee Byrne is known as one of the most exciting improvisers in the UK, through her work with saxophonist Cath Roberts, her quintet Entropi and the electronic duo Deemer. Through the organisation LUME, with Cath, she has produced live events (including in London Jazz Festival), made available an excellent series of releases on the Luminous label, and performed around Europe.
Cath Roberts’ work explores free improvisation, composition and the music at their meeting point. Her primary outlet as a composer and improviser on baritone saxophone is the band Sloth Racket, which has toured widely and released several albums. As bandmate, Cath is a member of several groups including Madwort Sax Quartet, Article XI and MoonMot. She has a long-standing duo with guitarist Anton Hunter (Ripsaw Catfish), as well as regular collaborations with Tullis Rennie, Benedict Taylor, Otto Willberg, Seth Bennett and others. Cath co-runs LUME with Dee Byrne, producing concerts, tours and festivals since 2013 and releasing music on their offshoot label Luminous. With Tom Ward and Colin Webster she organises BRÅK, an improvised music series taking place in Brockley, South East London.
“The Young Chinese virtuoso Wang Beibei is nothing if not flamboyant.” – The Times
Genre-defying percussionist Beibei Wang is an acclaimed international virtuoso percussionist with both Chinese and British musical education background. Beibei has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the classical music world, receiving international praise for her performances. She received double Master Degrees from the Central Conservatory of Music (China) and the Royal Academy of Music (UK). In 2014, she was listed in the top 50 Chinese musicians in the “Sound of East” project by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. In 2015, she was endorsed by the Arts Council ,England receiving an Exceptional Talent visa from British Government. Following a successful recital at SOAS ,University of London, Beibei now leads a traditional Chinese percussion workshops to promote and preserve traditional Chinese percussion at SOAS. Most recently, she was featured on the front cover of China Music Life magazine and in iD China Magzinge in 2017.
Since 2008, as a soloist, Beibei has embarked upon a number of hugely successful international tours at many international music festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Bach Academy Musikfest Stuttgart, Colour Scape Music Festival. She has collaborated with numerous leading Orchestras worldwide, including: the BBC Symphony Orchestra (UK),the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Germany),Orchestra dell’ Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Italy) the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Canada), as well as conductors, including: Kent Nagano, Tan Dun, Kristjan Järvi, Muhai Tang, etc.
By exploring new possibilities and challenging assumptions from all fields, she and her collaborators have developed genre-defying projects, pushing boundaries and delighting audiences the world over.
"Love It All. Brilliant!"-Gilles Peterson
'The triumphant expression of a unique vision and inimitable sound' - Songlines 4* Review
'Imagine DeadCan Dance and Björk getting together in a folk club, to make jazzy trip-hop records...with sitars.’ Songwriting Mag
"The result is a wonderful, genre-bending opus, illustrating an artist confidently reaching new musical and storytelling heights. Shama comfortably takes her sitar out of the traditional context, demonstrating a versatility rarely heard. Shama is an artist who deserves attention; a storyteller who embraces artistic expression in all its forms"-Folk Radio
Sitarist/Singer/Composer, Actress/Poet and Neuroscientist of Creativity, Dr Shama Rahman has albums 'Let The Light In' (2020), 'Truth BeTold' (2018), 'Fable:Time' (2014).
Her albums modernise the Sitar, arranged centrally within layered harmonies, electronics soundscapes and complex grooves to showcase it in different genres and instrumentation...[more]