Our previous events...

Reel Tangle ~ May 2019

We were delighted to present the first ever performance by the improvising supergroup Reel Tangle. While drawing on their shared love of free jazz and improvisation, the quartet wove a skein of exploration in sound, melody and time around Rachel's composed framework of text and themes.

Rachel Musson ~ saxophones and voice

Jason Yarde ~ alto saxophone
Olie Brice ~ double bass
Mark Sanders ~ percussion



Ensemble Entropy ~ April 2019

This dynamic ensemble explored the spaces between contemporary composed music and free improvisation. Lola de la Mata and James B Wilson were present to introduce their beautiful new compositions. 

Matt London ~ tenor saxophone

Loré Lixenberg ~ voice

Georgia Cooke ~ flute

Alison Blunt ~ violin

Seth Bennett ~ double bass

Mark Sanders ~ drums 



Alexander Hawkins ~ April 2019

We were delighted that Alexander Hawkins chose to celebrate the release of his new solo piano album, 'Iron Into Wind', with this special concert in the Bateman Auditorium at his alma mater, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. 

 

'A captivating performance, the acoustically superb auditorium made Hawkins' use of dynamics and overtones an added joy.' - Listener, John Sharpe.

 

A memorable evening for the enthusiastic audience!



j a d e  ~ March 2019

Trumpeter Nick Malcolm's new quartet captivated the enthusiastic audience with their absorbing performance.

The band deconstructed Nick's original compositions with great imagination and flair, using contemporary improvisation and sampling to create a spellbinding atmosphere.

 

Nick Malcolm ~ trumpet

Jake McMurchie ~ saxophone

Will Harris ~ double bass

Ric Yarborough ~ drums and samples



Warmer Than Blood ~ February 2019

Guitarist Chris Montague's latest trio project performed mesmerising new music composed by Chris, combining intricate textures, dark pools of harmony, kinetic group improvisation and percussive prepared piano. The evening opened with an enchanting solo bass guitar and vocal set from Ruth Goller.

 

Chris Montague ~ guitar

Ruth Goller ~ electric bass

Kit Downes ~ piano



Butcher/Edwards/Sanders ~ January 2019

We were delighted to open our 2019 programme with an evening of lucid and captivating free improvisation featuring three undisputed masters of the art. In a rare trio performance these three phenomenal musicians worked their spontaneous magic to the delight of the attentive audience.

 

John Butcher ~ saxophones

John Edwards ~ double bass

Mark Sanders ~ percussion



Total Vibration ~ September 2018

Channelling the free spirit of Ornette Coleman, Geri Allen and Charles Mingus, the quartet's bold approach to improvising turned every tune into a riveting brass-fuelled adventure. A tantalising two trumpet treat for the enthusiastic capacity crowd.

 

Laura Jurd ~ trumpet

Chris Batchelor ~ trumpet

Tom Herbert ~ double bass

Corrie Dick ~ drums



Olie Brice, Rachel Musson, Mark Sanders ~

June 2018

This exceptional trio of thoughtful, impressive improvisers came together and created compelling new music. Spontaneous music-making at its very best!

 

Olie Brice ~ double bass

Rachel Musson ~ saxophones

Mark Sanders ~ percussion 



Elliot Galvin Trio ~ March 2018

Unfortunately this gig fell victim to the adverse weather conditions sweeping the UK, with the band snowbound in Scotland and unable to reach Cambridge.

 

Exhilarating new music where analogue sythesis and electric sounds orbit the acoustic world of piano, bass and drums.

 

Elliot Galvin ~ piano, synthesizer and toys

Tom McCredie ~ double bass and guitar

Corrie Dick ~ drums and percussion



What Love ~ February 2018

A project born of a deep love of Charles Mingus' work as a composer and philosopher of music. This was a jubilant celebration of one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.

Kim Macari Stone-Lonergan ~ trumpet

George Murray ~ trombone

Ollie Dover ~ alto saxophone and bass clarinet

Simon Prince ~ tenor saxophone and flute

Cath Roberts ~ baritone saxophone

Adam Fairhall ~ piano

Johnny Hunter ~ drums

Seth Bennett ~ double bass and leader



Pigfoot ~ January 2018

New Orleans jazz, opera, Elvis, 70's funk and Bacharach are all fair game for this all-star line-up's genre-bending skills.  Their imaginative approach to popular music brought a smile to everyone's faces. A powerful and flexible front line egged on by spiky and eccentric drumming, the perfect band to kick off the new year!

James Allsopp ~ baritone saxophone and bass clarinet

Chris Batchelor ~ trumpet and cornet

Paul Clarvis ~ drums

Liam Noble ~ piano and keyboards



Yana ~ October 2017

A trio of respected improvisers, creating open, living music. After 10 years of playing together, their music flows with magical ease, providing accessibility in fantastic grooves and improvised melodies. The trio has developed a process entirely focused on producing highly expressive live music, a free-wheeling, spontaneous mix of styles. We were delighted that Yana chose our event to launch their new Two Rivers Records album, 'baby/people'.

Joshua Blackmore ~ drums

Dave Kane ~ double bass

Corey Mwamba ~ vibraphone



Sloth Racket ~ June 2017

The ensemble played Cath's compositions, combining written fragments with graphic notation to explore the balance between freedom and structure. The results ranged across musical territories from fiery free jazz, to minimal improv textures, to deep grooves. Music for open ears - the perfect opening night for Listen!

Cath Roberts ~ baritone saxophone

Anton Hunter ~ guitar

Sam Andreae ~ tenor saxophone

Seth Bennett ~ double bass

Johnny Hunter ~ drums