This session is one of the few times Figgis and Day played as a duo. Personnel of the Continuous Music Ensemble & People Band regularly played on Terry Day’s drums during gigs & “jams” - Mike particularly had a ‘jazzy’ feel. They were, with others, co-founders of the Continuous Music Ensemble and People Band, whilst also collaborating in other configurations.
Terry Day / drums, alto sax (track 8)
Mike Figgis / trumpet
Recorded by Mike Figgis in Terry’s attic at Lyonsdown Manor House, London 1969. Mixed and Mastered by Mike Figgis.
Artwork by Terry Day, 2018.
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Terry Day is a first generation pioneer improviser from the 1960s: an improviser, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, songwriter, visual artist and poet.
A self-taught musician in a family of musicians, he began improvising on the drums with his brother in 1955. In the early ‘60s he formed the Hardy Holman Day trio, focusing on free improvisation. Later he became part of the band Kilburn & the Highroads, with Ian Dury. Sharing their interest in visual art and painting they both studied at Walthamstow School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art, London. As an art student in the ‘60s he was also a pioneer of free improvisation, free jazz & experimental music.
He formed a duo with guitarist Derek Bailey in the late ´60s and was a regular member of The Continuous Music Ensemble,The People Band and, later on, Alterations with David Toop, Steve Beresford & Peter Cusack.
Terry has collaborated with many musical luminaries, groups, dancers, painters, poets and performed in theatre. He now plays bamboo reed flutes, drums, recorders, balloons & improvises with his lyrics, prose and verse. Since 2000 he has been part of London Improvisers Orchestra. In recent years he has toured twice in both Japan and Brazil, and has performed with improvising orchestras in Malaga, Tokyo and Madrid.