The Cube Presents
Sat 2 March // 19:30
Tickets: Advance tickets £8 / £6 concessions, (£10 on the door)
An evening of freely improvised music, ambient and experimental sounds on synthesiser, banjo, percussion, flute, double bass, electric guitar, piano and voice.
The show will end with a collaborative improvisation from all seven musicians. All ticket / door revenue goes to the artists and towards the upkeep of the Cube.
David Birchall is a guitarist, free improviser, composer and organiser living in Manchester, UK. He has performed in the UK, Europe, Russia, Palestine, USA & Japan. He has undertaken artist residencies at The Penthouse (2014, Manchester, UK) and Beppu Project (2017, Beppu, JP). His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6 Music, SWR in Germany, WFMU in the US & ABC in Australia.
He plays in the free form rock band Historically Fucked with Otto Willberg, Odie Ji Ghast & Alex Pierce, This Friend Ship Is Sailing with Maggie Nicols, Odie Ji Ghast & Sam Andreae, Spacefood with Adam Fairhall & Johnny Hunter and Bathing Trio with Sam Andreae & Otto Willberg, Minimum Wage Immanence Unit with Adam Fairhall and Michael Perrett, alongside other many other musicians in both ad hoc and ongoing situations, see performances for past live work.
He organises the Curious Ear series for improvised music in Manchester which he co-founded with Andrew Cheetham in 2017. He works as part of sound art duo Noise Orchestra with Vicky Clarke developing light to sound electronics for performance and installation. Noise Orchestra installations & workshops have been shown at Manchester Science Festival (Manchester UK), The Museum of 20C. Art (MAXXI Rome IT), The V&A (London, UK) and The National Media Museum (Bradford, UK). They have undertaken artist residencies at Q02 (Brussels, BE) STEIM (Amsterdam, NE) Pervasive Media Studios (Bristol, UK) and Fondazione Media Digitale (Rome, IT).
Matt Davis has been active in improvised music since the mid 90’s, playing throughout Europe and Japan in many different collaborations and small and large group ensembles including Zeitkratzer and La Sospechosa dance company. From 2003-2008 he directed ‘Field’ - a live art performance project, which investigated notions of space and collaborated with geographer Doreen Massey, author of For Space.
His sound/music work continues to include acoustic improvisation (trumpet and preparations) along side an electromagnetic set up: performance based improvisations that use custom-built cracked electrical devices, often with a visual element, to create electromagnetic fields that are rendered into sound, drawing on the immediate situation/space of the performance. These elements are explored as spatial and material phenomena and for their dubious potential as organic and/or feral musical elements.
Luigi Marino is a musician based in Bristol. His work focuses on networks able to display relationships between human and nonhuman actors, and especially on how intuitive decisions can derail a pre-existing order.
He is an active improvisor performing on both electronic media and percussion, in particular zarb and bowed custom cymbals extended with DIY portable circuits. He performed worldwide in venues such as the Cube, he also played in a place that he thought was almost as cool as the Cube, and in another one that was kind of like the Cube but with less cool people.
A flautist frequently found in various improvising permutations, Tina Hitchens is also a composer and sound artist, playing and writing in a variety of musical groups and working with artists from other disciplines. She is interested in the peripheries of sound, how we experience ourselves with others in sound, and in deep listening. Tina currently appears with Viridian Ensemble, Harpoon, and South West Improvisers Group, plus others.
Jo Kelly is a stalwart of the Bristol free jazz and improv scene, performing solo as Yungylek and collaboratively in various constellations, including the free-noise-no-wave-improv-harsh-jazz quartet Yoke. They are also known for their moniker Wendy Miasma, a political-synth-pop-power-house.
Oliver Brouwer is a composer, improviser, singer and pianist based in Bristol. Over the last seven years he has written and recorded five collections of solo piano works. With each shared, an ever changing expression and response to a personal experience of memory and time, stillness and movement.
He is particularly inspired by the creative spark of improvisation, which touches both his set pieces and his expansive and uninhibited improvisations. His performances are touched by a vulnerability and tension through his skill in recreating every piece every time he plays it.
Influenced by his work in film, Joe Charsley-Smith calls on cinematic textures via warped guitar and processed analogue synthesis - inspired by the soundscapes of Vangelis, Jonny Greenwood and John Murphy.
He has been performing and recording in bands such as BTSkinks and art-rock project TBA, in addition to composing scores for short films and video projects for over a decade.