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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
Saturday 16th May – Workshop: Terry Day’s techniques for playing balloons and self-made pipes.
Timing: From 11am-1pm.
Max 8 participants. Book – firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years, working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, Christian Marclay and, of course, Alterations.
His work with Marclay has included mixed media pieces like ‘Screen Play’, ‘Ephemera’, ‘Graffiti Composition’, ‘Shuffle’, ‘Pianorama’ and ‘Everyday’. He has also written songs, scored feature films, TV shows and commercials.
Steve has worked with hundreds of people, including The Slits, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Ray Davies, Ilan Volkov, The Flying Lizards, Otomo Yoshihide, The Portsmouth Sinfonia and John Zorn.
He has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, 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 is a musician, author, professor and Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.
He has published five books including Ocean of Sound, Rap Attack and Sinister Resonance. His first album, ‘New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments’, was released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975 and he has collaborated with artists ranging from John Latham, Bob Cobbing, Carlyle Reedy and Ivor Cutler to Rie Nakajima, Evan Parker, Max Eastley and Akio Suzuki.
He has recently completed part one of Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom, a two-volume work on free improvisation. Exhibitions and events he has curated include Music/Context Festival of Environmental Music for the LMC (1978), Sonic Boom for the Hayward Gallery (2000), sound curation for Radical Fashion at the V&A (2000-2001), Playing John Cage at the Arnolfini (2005) and Blow Up at Flat Time House (2010).
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.