Amongst the shows over the next seven days, we’re delighted to present a four-day residency with one of the greatest living UK-based improvisers – Pat Thomas. Criminally unheralded, Pat is a fearless and uncompromising player who – despite coming from a background of free improvisation and new music – can feel as close to the worlds of noise and experimental music.
This week’s digital release is a set of myriad interwoven textural fractures from Grace & Delete – aka no-screen laptop wizard James Dunn and bass clarinet boss Chris Cundy. “Dunn’s electronics are a masterclass in the resources of outdated technology. After being exposed to so much laptop texturing, the ear appreciates its limits. The electronics give Cundy’s contributions a jagged starkness, like coming upon a crude screenprint in an exhibition of digital printouts.” – Ben Watson
New shows announced this week include a three-day residency with Goodiepal and pals, plus the debut London performance, and record launch, by Ahmed – the remarkable new grouping of Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip, Pat Thomas, and Seymour Wright.
Full listings and all new shows below. We look forward to seeing you here.
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In The Screwtape Letters C.S Lewis defines music as a “meaningless acceleration in the rhythm of celestial experience,” but it can also be a sped up inferno complete with the alien cries of the damned. Either way, the cat cannot get enough. She rolls on her back and flashes her claws in the air when this music plays. She is blown away by the concept of a bass clarinet; the longer a note lasts, the more she purrs; it seems to stretch her actual perception of time. She wriggles with pleasure; she twists and switches her tail; she forgets to close her mouth over her thirsty pink tongue. “Tinnitus!” she mews, “I have it! Come closer!”
Recorded live at OTO in May 2015 and mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi, the LP comprises four typically genre-defying and sonically dexterous pieces from one of the UK’s most extraordinary pianists.
Criminally unheralded, Pat is a fearless and uncompromising player who – despite coming from a background of free improvisation and new music – can feel as close to the worlds of noise and experimental music.