Monday 8 January 2018, 7.30pm
Rare duo set from Japanese musician and artist Ken Ikeda – who has composed and recorded for David Lynch and Moriko Mori amongst others – and English percussionist Eddie Prévost, the seminal figure of free improvised music since the 1960s.
Support comes from Allum, Charbin and Kanngiesser – all London-based musicians that have played together for a number of years - the last time as a trio at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. While they are coming from a classical and jazz background, their music has moved a long way from the historical piano/cello/violin relationship. Instead, it is driven by a shared investigation of elemental sounds that are woven into spacious, complex and joyful music unresting on the edge of definition.
Eddie Prévost plays with immense fire, grace and invention. Founder of the essential AMM, collaborator of the greatest improvisers internationally, since the 60's he has kept a continuous contact with the scene and always manages to invent anew his contribution to "meta-music".
“Prévost's free drumming flows superbly making use of his formidable technique. It’s as though there has never been an Elvin Jones or Max Roach.” - Melody Maker
“Relentlessly innovative yet full of swing and fire.” – Morning Star
Ken Ikeda (b. 1964, Japan) is a composer and performer, born in Tokyo. After studying at Berklee College of Music, he has exhibited sound art and visual installations around the world, and has worked with John Russell, Eddie Prevost, David Toop, Simon Scott, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama and many other improvising musicians; He has collaborated with, amongst others, artist Mariko Mori, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tadanori Yokoo; and composed and recorded for film maker David Lynch. He released CD albums from Touch, Spekk, Baskaru, White Paddy Mountain and Home Normal. Ken Ikeda currently lives and works in London, UK.
Jennifer Allum is a violinist who improvises and plays experimental music. While she was a post graduate student at Goldsmiths, London in 2005 she began to attend Eddie Prevost's weekly improvisation workshops and to work with composers such as Christian Wolff, Tom Johnson, Michael Pisaro and Michael Parsons. She has three recordings available from Matchless Recordings, the latest of which is a duo cd with the cellist Ute Kanngiesser, which was recorded in Hackney's historic bell tower.
“For over 10 years, I have only played unscripted/improvised music. I have experimented with the sound of the cello, limiting myself to the alive material at hand: vast and complicated layers within the instrument and myself; and to let this music evolve continuously in relationship with others. It relates to the process of uncovering an endless multiplicity of coexisting sense perspectives. And it deals with the energy that this gives rise to. For me, it is the most exciting place to play music from.”
Marjolaine Charbin is a French pianist improviser who works with objects inside the piano and with the keyboard, sometimes also using contact microphones and her voice. Improvisation is her main approach to making music but she also plays her own compositions and compositions of others. She has been active on the experimental music scene in Brussels and now in London for over ten years, performing accross Europe and organising a series combining improvised dance and music in Brussels. Recent collaborators include Eddie Prevost, John Butcher, Jennifer Allum, Ute Kanngiesser, Clive Bell, Grundik Kasyansky. Her website is under construction.