7–17 May 2015, 5–6pm, OTO Project Space
In the Art of Improvisers Group Show we are presenting the art and archives of some of the pioneers of free improvisation in London.
The exhibition will feature content by the musicians and artists:
Terry Day / artwork
Evan Parker / collages and photos
Steve Beresford / archives
George Khan / clothes
David Toop / archives
Max Eastley / sculpture
Gina Southgate / paintings
Plus video and film extracts from various artists.
Curated by Blanca Regina with Steve Beresford.
Opening times 1–6pm (except opening show & workshops that will be at other times).
Thursday 7th May – Exhibition opening: 5–8pm (includes acoustic short performances by artists TBC)
Saturday 9th May – Round Table and Q&A at Cafe OTO Project Space.
'A timeline with diverse viewpoints, and overview of free improvisation and artists involved 60s up to today.’
Speakers: Terry Day, David Toop, Steve Beresford. Drawing the timeline: Gina Southgate
Timing: 5.30–7pm. Free Entry. Limited space, RSVP – email@example.com
Sunday 10th May – Workshop at Cafe OTO Project Space - Material Studies with Matthias Kispert and Blanca Regina.
Timing: From 11am-1pm
Free. Max 8 participants. Book – firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 16th May – Workshop: Terry Day’s techniques for playing balloons and self-made pipes.
Timing: From 11am-1pm.
Max 8 participants. Book – email@example.com
Steve has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on piano, electronics and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn and Alterations.
He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams for 'Musics' and 'Collusion' magazines, writes about music in various contexts and was a senior lecturer in music at University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of 'Unpredictable Series', which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art.
Steve has often worked with Christian Marclay on various Marclay mixed media pieces. Others he has worked with include The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves and Lore Lixenberg.
Beresford has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, free-improviser, composer and producer, and was was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.
Terry is an improviser, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, song writer, visual artist and poet. He is a ‘first generation’ pioneer improviser from the 1960s.
A self-taught musician in a family of musicians, he began improvising on the drums with his brother in 1955. In the early 1960s he formed the Hardy Holman Day trio focusing on free improvisation. Later he became part of Kilburn & the Highroads, a band led by Ian Dury.
Sharing their interest in visual art and painting, Terry and Ian both studied at Walthamstow School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art, London. As an art student in the 1960s he was a pioneer of improvisation, free jazz & experimental music.
Day also formed a duo with Derek Bailey in the late 1960s and was a regular member of The Continuous Music Ensemble, later known as The People Band. Since then he has collaborated with many musical luminaries, groups, dancers, painters, poets and performed in theatre, events, and rock & roll.
David Toop is a composer, musician, author, a professor and lecturer at the London College of Communication and curator with a particular interest in sound practice, listening and improvisation. He has worked in many fields of sound art and music, including improvisation, sound installations, field recordings, pop music production, and music for television, theatre and dance. He has recorded Yanomami shamanism in the Amazonas, appeared on Top of the Pops, exhibited sound installations in Tokyo, Beijing and London’s National Gallery, and performed with artists ranging from John Zorn, Evan Parker, Bob Cobbing and Ivor Cutler to Akio Suzuki, Elaine Mitchener, Lore Lixenberg and Max Eastley. He has published seven books, including Ocean of Sound, Haunted Weather, and Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener.
He released eight solo albums, including Screen Ceremonies, Black Chamber and Sound Body, and as a critic, has written for publications including The Wire, The Face, Leonardo Music Journal and Bookforum.
Exhibitions he has curated include Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, London, Playing John Cage at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Blow Up at Flat-Time House, London.
David is a member of CRISAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice).
His opera, Star-shaped Biscuit, was performed as an Aldeburgh’ Faster than Sound project, in September 2012 and his latest book, Into the Maelstrom: Improvised Music and the Pursuit of Freedom, was shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize in 2017.
Max Eastley is an internationally recognized artist who combines kinetic sculpture and sound into a unique art form. He is well known as a musician and has played many solo concerts and also played with numerous other musicians such as David Toop, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, Aleks Kolkowski and Rhodri Davies.
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.
Gina Southgate is an artist who, through a growing interest in music and the aesthetic of musical instruments, began to paint at gigs. She is well known on the London free music and jazz scene where she has painted and performed live at gigs for 25 years.