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Monday, 16 July 2018 09:35

Elephant in the room

Blank Canvas presents an evening of free improvised music featuring  Elephant In The Room and The Blank Canvas Octet on Sunday 30th September, 8.00 pm, £5.00

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 21:14

Centrifuge Concert 43

praxis: arts presents



Concert No. 43



Centrifuge brings together an exciting collection of improvising musicians based across the North and Midlands. Coming from a wide spectrum of musical backgrounds, and working within different musical practices, they will combine in various small groupings to deliver a program of freely improvised music.

Since an inaugural meeting in October 2008 Centrifuge has been organising concerts, workshops, and festival appearances, featuring many leading improvisers based north of the capital. The locations have included; Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Huddersfield, Lancaster, and Crewe. There have been fifty events.

After a gap of 15 months, I am pleased to be re-launching this project at the Peer Hat, Manchester. phil morton


The musicians confirmed,

PAUL PIGNON, bass clarinet
PHIL MORTON, accidents and treatment
MARTIN ARCHER, saxophones
MARTIN HACKETT, electronics

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Centrifuge: where creative forces meet.


Sunday 22nd July. 2018


14-16 Faraday Street

Manchester M1 1BE

7.30 pm   £5.00 OTD


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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 07:16

Charles Heyward, Third City

A true legend of the British avant-garde,

Sunday, 15 April 2018 11:49

Murmurists 'Poor vs Poor'

Saturday, June 9th 2018 5 pm Free Entry
St Peter's Arts Centre, Preston PR1 7BX


Murmurists will premiere Anthony Donovan's 'Poor vs Poor'; a one-hour continuous piece involving everything from spoken word, contemporary dance, Free Jazz and Black Metal, to comedy, film and theatrics - as much akin to the spite of Spitting Image as to that of Pinter, Laing and Artaud, as much about the aesthetics of protest as about the ideas of Xenakis, Cage and Brecht.


All being well, this will happen .... Art now, for Murmurists, has to be lethally expressive of, and get down into, narrative - and, moreover, this narrative: the survival narrative. It has to soil itself to bits in and for the struggle. It has to attempt to join the solution, by climbing off its sticky white walls, away from mainstream value and its exotic esoterica and its language of willful obfuscation, money-maths and nihilism. It has to get transmitted. Adorno was right; dead right. But he's dead anyway. Stone dead. Pig ignorant dead. Porno Adorno dead. Pushing up the daisies dead. Art after Adorno dead. There's nothing he can do about it; not at fiery Fahrenheit 452. Richard Dawkins is dead, too; Dawkins dead; Dawkins death-ray dead, with a split-lip and black eyes, and headphones over cauliflower-ears, with GITMO Death Metal spewing out, over and over, every day another barricade. Art has to be relentless in ways it doesn't like. It has to be its own hostage to fortune.


Come join the 100. 

Support will come from a series of small group improv sets by members of Murmurists.  

Full 100-strong line-up will be revealed end of March 2018


Sunday, 22 July 2018 07:14

Jazz special at the Queen's Head

Coltrane Dedication ***** Jazz Special *****

Published in Wales events archive
Saturday, 02 June 2018 13:42

NAWR Anois: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh,

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh “the most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad”

Published in Wales events archive
Monday, 02 April 2018 06:18

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Improvisers' Networks site, how to register

Friday, 17 August 2018 15:52

Improvisers Merseyside Facebook Group

As it says, for all genres of improvisation in music, dance and related practices

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:37

Blank Canvas Octet July concert

 The Blank Canvas Octet July Concert featuring Hedge & The Blank Canvas Octet

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Monday, 23 April 2018 17:34

From a whisper to a response


2008 -  featuring Phil Morton, Maggie Nicols, Steve Lewis, Anne Marie Howard, Julie Borkwood, Nicky Graves, Penelopy Xerri, Sarah Hymas and Xavier Bosch.

April 5th 2008 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm Picton Reading Room, Liverpool Central Library.

The venue is a whispering gallery, as can be heard.
Try listening with headphones.
The ticking of the clock, some 10 metres away from the microphone is present throughout.

This clip is a bit long, but there are some standout moments of beauty in hear, the performance follows its title, or am I just being nostalgic?

source file - Whisper Picton Minidisk Tr06



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