Tuesday 26 October 2021, 7.30pm
Inaugural confluence of that trio featuring Pat Thomas, Gwilly Edmondez and Otto Willberg, together handling responsibility of making some respectable music. *THAT* trio which has oft been mentioned in hushed voices amongst small huddles of people finally congealing as solid matter. The moment when various orbits finally collide head on, resulting in heady combustion or wet patter.
Pat Thomas studied classical piano from aged 8 and started playing Jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style - embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and in the trio AND (with Noble) – with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill.
"Sartorially shabby as Thomas may be, and on first impression even rather stolid, he has a somewhat imperious charisma that’s immediately amplified when he starts to play. Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude." - The Jazzmann
Gwilly Edmondez is the double-o-seven of collapse, the Smiley of debacle. Where Elon Musk is forging into extraterrestrial space, Gwilly continues to unspool spoils mined from the interface between voice and its shadow. Under the rest of his real name, Gustav Thomas, he is one half of YEAH YOU. As either Gwilly or Gustav he collaborates regularly with Odie Ji Ghast (Impossibility Knox), Faye MacCalman (Kleevex), John Garner (Randy Wormhole) and Dallas Boner (Leap Wars). Gwilly was also a founder member of Radioactive Sparrow (est. 1980). Assuming a false identity he also goes undercover as an academic.
Gwilly Edmondez started using voice & dictaphone as a performance platform around the same time as People Like Us got going. This evening he will return from the frontline of dishonourably entangled traffic abuse to deliver an oldie-worldie voice & dictaphone set from, probably, a chair.
Otto Willberg is a improvisor who lives in London and plays the Double Bass and Bass Guitar. Otto currently plays with include Ashley Pauls trio (ray), Yes Indeed (with Laurie Tompkins), and the band - Historically Fucked. Otto maintains a website called www.bootlegspatialrecall.net which is an open/publicly sourced archive of public space reverbs. He also has a solo recording ‘Barbaric Mystical Bored’ which is released on Why Eye. www.ottowillberg.com