All Day Music Event- DISCOVERY

12:00 pm

September 16, 2017

On September 16th we have a whole day of improvised music from some great players including world renowned saxophonist Evan Parker, who will be appearing with two other leading figures from the improvised music world – John Russell (guitar) and John Edwards (bass)
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The event runs from 12 midday to 12 midnight and there are around 60 musicians taking part, including visitors from Sweden, Japan, Italy, Germany, the US and Ireland in at least 18 sets.
Tickets are on sale priced £25 or £15 concessions  click link below.
There is also an all day Discovery pass for £100 which includes a goody bag of the complete catalogue from the Weekertoft label and a number of posters from previous concerts and tours.
A limited edition numbered print by artist Gina Southgate of the Thurston Moore / John Russell duo will be on sale before the event for £80 (RRP £99) and there will be a raffle on the day for a signed test pressing of ‘Walthamsow Moon (61 revisited)’ – recorded by Evan Parker, John Russell and John Edwards to mark the 56th anniversary of John Coltrane playing in Walthamstow and released on the ByrdOut label.
About the event
A varied programme of both electric and acoustic music that should have something for all tastes, there will also be the chance to find new delights amongst the sets happening throughout the day.
Gina Southgate will be the official festival artist and there will also be opportunities to purchase CDs and other merchandise.
‘Free improvisation is unique in that the audience and the musicians discover the music at the same time and this makes for a special bond. Hence the title ‘Discovery’. I would also say it is going to be a lot of fun!!’ – John Russell festival programmer
‘Evan Parker’s saxes contrast well with John Russell’s delicate, gentle guitar work while John Edward’s bass fills out the sound and each get to demonstrate their mastery of their instruments. John believes in individual roles in group improvisation, and this collection demonstrates that perfectly. The musicians are listening, sharing ideas, leading others to create and taking each other on journeys of improvisation. It is a wonderful set, whether you are new to improvised music or a regular listener.’  © Sammy Stein – reviewing ‘Chasing the Peripanjandra’ Parker, Russell , Edwards. – Something Else 2016 – photo Peter Fay
Evan Parker (born in Bristol, 1944) took up the saxophone at the age of 14. Early influences included Paul Desmond, Eric Dolphy, and above all John Coltrane. After witnessing the Cecil Taylor Trio with Jimmy Lyons and Sunny Murray in full flood in New York in 1962 he was, as he says, “marked for life”, converted to the intensities of free jazz. Back in England, he gradually found players to share his fervour, including John Stevens and the members of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Rutherford, Derek Bailey.  His first recording was “Karyobin” with SME.  The late Peter Kowald made the introductions to the German scene. Parker played on Peter Brötzmann’s still dangerous ‘Machine Gun’ in ’68 . In 1970 he joined the  Schlippenbach Trio, of which he is still a member, and subsequently the Globe Unity Orchestra. By this point the hallmarks of his unique style were established, his combinations of circular breathing, tonguing, rhythm patterns, overtones and multiphonics making his sound instantly recognisable. 

Free improvised music has accounted for most of Parker’s activities over the last forty years, whether playing solo or in groups.
His saxophones have been heard inside jazz big bands led by Kenny Wheeler, Chris McGregor, Barry Guy, Stan Tracey and Charlie Watts and in the chamber music of Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Frederic Rzewski and others. 

Parker has collaborated, too, with American innovators, amongst them Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, Matthew Shipp, Peter Evans and Wadada Leo Smith. He has also been sought out by artists on the experimental fringe of pop music, and Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, Annette Peacock, David Sylvian, Jah Wobble, Spring Heel Jack, and Squarepusher.

The reiterative, intricately-detailed patterns of Parker’s soprano saxophone improvisations can recall the ‘loops’ of systems music. Aspects of electronics have long interested him; already in 1969, in the Music Improvisation Company, his saxophone phrases responded to the live electronics of Hugh Davies. In the subsequent duo with Paul Lytton, raw live electronics were again frequently foregrounded. Since 1990 Parker has led the Electro-Acoustic Ensemble whose radical cross-referencing of improvisation and real-time sound processing has brought fresh sound-colours into the music as well as new ways of working. Ensemble member Richard Barrett has spoken of the EAE providing a model for a new kind of improvising orchestra.
Solo, trio and variations on the ElectroAcoustic Ensemble continue to occupy his performing life into the new century.
Adapted from biographical notes by Steve Lake