LUMEkestra + Ripsaw Catfish + Entropi
20 Carlisle Ln
The first performance of a brand new collaborative large ensemble LUMEkestra. A shape-shifting gathering of improvising musicians from the UK creative music scene, formed to workshop new compositions by its members. The project creates a space for developing music written for larger forces, as well as being an opportunity for musicians connected to LUME to meet and exchange ideas.
Entropi explores a narrative of life-pondering, space gazing and risk-taking through Dee Byrne's compositions. Juggling order and chaos, composition and improvisation, the group takes listeners on a journey with compelling group interplay, strong themes, open-ended improvisation, dark grooves and interweaving melodic textures.The ensemble comprises alto saxophonist Dee Byrne, trumpeter Andre Canniere, keyboardist Rebecca Nash, drummer Matt Fisher and bassist Olie Brice. Having performed live together for some time, the band has achieved a striking empathy and freedom to take risks. PRSF funding this year through the Women Make Music scheme will go towards recording their second album, due to be released on Whirlwind Recordings in September 2017.
Ripsaw Catfish is the collaborative duo of Cath Roberts (saxophone) and Anton Hunter (guitar). Their music employs a collection of pre-composed elements which can then be drawn upon, or not, during the course of an improvisation. The Manchester and London-based musicians started meeting in September 2013 to explore improvised and composed music, and in 2014 they performed widely around the UK. Their debut album For The Benefit Of The Tape was released the same year on Raw Tonk Records, and they created ad-hoc ensembles with musicians from several cities for the touring project Shoaling, supported by Sound And Music.