Thursday 18 January 2018, 7.30pm, OTO Project Space
SOLO:DUO:TRIO is a monthly night of improvised performances bringing together a wide variety of musicians and artists. Each show features a solo, a duo, and a trio performance where performers are invited to present something new or play with a person they haven’t played with before in an intimate and open environment.
SOLO: Lee Fraser
DUO: Helen Frosi & David Bloor
TRIO: Rachel Musson, Duncan Harrison & Seth Bennett
£7 on the door (£5 members)
Rachel Musson is a saxophonist, improviser and composer living in London, UK. She is involved with a variety of improvisation projects, including a trio with Hannah Marshall and Julie Kjaer, a duo with vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, and a trio with Mark Sanders and John Edwards. She has released two albums under her own name, one featuring Liam Noble and Mark Sanders (Tatterdemalion, Babel Records), and one featuring her ensemble Skein (Flight Line, F-ire Recorded Music). She also plays with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Alex Ward’s Quintet and Sextet, as well as with a variety of other musicians on the fluid European improvising scene.
Denizen of a multitude of ensembles and outfits, Harrison is as capable of sense-deflating vocal cut-ups and found-sound as he is playing straight(ish) hardcore. For the fort he’ll be bringing his more outré stylings. Harrison’s work is dense with removal, of sense or logic, but rarely delivered without an inviting sense of humour that restitutes his work from the realm of high, arch academic pomposity.
Seth Bennett is an improvising double bassist and composer, currently based in London. His work covers a broad range of interests, from British folk music to punk rock and free improvisation. In addition to freelancing he runs the improvising low string quartet En Bas and the jazz trio Nut Club.
Helen Frosi is a London-based artist researching into the cultural, social, and political aspects of sound and listening. She is co-founder and current director of SoundFjord, a nomadic gallery and research unit dedicated to practices highlighting the sonic within contemporary art and hybrid disciplinary practices.
In addition to her work at SoundFjord, Helen has curated programmes for Café OTO, CRiSAP, Dragonfly Festival (SE), Galerie8, Gorey Arts & Film Festival (IE), GV Gallery, ICA, Museum of London Docklands, Oboro (CA), Octopus Collective, PVA MediaLab, The Pigeon Wing, V22 and Victoria and Albert Museum amongst others.
David Bloor is an artist and musician interested in how people respond to limitations, each other and their environment. His work includes installation, performance and recordings under the name 'Dirch Blewn' with releases for labels 'Linear Obsessional', London and 'Game of Life', Athens and a forthcoming release on 'Soft Error'. He works with kinetic sculpture, analog assemblage, modular synthesisers and a self built, 63 channel, 8bit, surround sound, off grid recording studio which forms the basis of '24hr Community Composition' which will be at Sanctuary Lab 2017 in the Galloway Forest. He is currently an APT graduate studio award winner and co curating the APT summer exhibition - 'Touchstone'.
Lee Fraser is a British composer whose work blends aspects of acousmatic theory with the compositional methods of computer music. His live performances employ a range of digital synthesis processes and a structural rationale that are characteristic of his fixed pieces, a selection of which comprises the Dark Camber album, published by Entr'acte in 2014.