Sunday 12 November 2017, 7.30pm
Swiss saxophonist and composer Antoine Chessex yearly visit to OTO, following up a first meeting of the all acoustic trio with Steve Noble and John Edwards that reached combustable energy levels back in 2016. This time augmented by electronic wizard Jérôme Noetinger on reel to reel tape recorder, the quartet explores electro-acoustic masses pushing pace and space to a taut intensity.
Please note that unfortunately Maria Bertel can no longer make this event but we're happy to host a solo performance from Ute Kanngiesser instead.
Supported by Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.
“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.”
Antoine Chessex is a composer, saxophonist and sound artist whose works assume a wide diversity of forms, crossing the boundaries between noise, modern composition, improvisation and electronic music. His live performances are characterized by textural density and microtonal tensions often resulting in sound masses exploring the physical dimensions of spaces. Chessex presents his works worldwide and has collaborated extensively with Zbigniew Karkowski, Valerio Tricoli, Apartment House and Jérôme Noetinger among others. He is a founding member of the noise band Monno.
Jérôme Noetinger is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary electronic music. He founded Cellule D'Intervention Metamkine in 1987, with French cinematographer/performer Christophe Auger and Xavier Quérel. He has collaborated with longtime partner Lionel Marchetti since 1993 and Mathieu Werchowski. Noetinger has performed with Nachtluft, Voice Crack, Tom Cora, Keith Rowe, and avant-improv orchestra MIMEO. He founded and runs the record label and distributor Metamkine (curating its « Cinéma Pour L'Oreille » collection).
John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, he has played with Evan Parker, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke and many others.
"I think John Edwards is absolutely remarkable: there’s never been anything like him before, anywhere in jazz." - Richard Williams, The Blue Moment
Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.
In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book ‘Improvisation; its nature and practise’. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins).