ALATI and Dee Byrne

LONDON ClerkenwellARTSlab at The Betsey Trotwood
56 Farringdon Road


A special Festival edition of the ClerkenwellARTSlab a music and poetry night. This edition will feature new music by the 'arresting trumpet duo' some things, Chris Dowding's group ALATI, and an improvised solo by saxophonist Dee Byrne, and more

(In order of appearance) John Hegley is the London-based poet. He set up the 'Beyond Our Kennel' night at the Betsey Trotwood, which became ClerkenwellARTSlab around 2 years ago. John is from Luton originally, and has produced 10 books and 2 CDs. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence. some things are the 'arresting trumpet duo' from Norwich of Chris Dowding (trumpet, flugelhorn & electronics) and Ben Higham (trumpet, flugelhorn, tuba & electronics). They have performed around the UK including as part of the Arts Council-funded Triple Bill Tour in December 2016. For this gig, they will be debuting new material inspired by the David Peace book 'Red or Dead', about the football manager Bill Shankly. They use original and other material as a basis for improvisation, and this project sees them incorporating electronics into their world of interlocking patterns and free improvisation. 

Dee Byrne is the saxophonist and LUME organiser from London. She performs in the duo Deemer, with her own quintet Entropi, and in Cath Roberts' large ensemble Favourite Animals. Tonight she will play an exclusive improvised solo set with electronics. Dee also runs various events and projects under the LUME banner with saxophonist Cath Roberts and has recently been awarded funding from the Arts Council's Developing Your Creative Practice strand to compose for four different sized ensembles. ALATI is a flexible ensemble led by Norwich-based Chris Dowding. Recently Chris has been concentrating on a trio version of the group with vocalist Brigitte Beraha and pianist Dave O' Brien. They have been performing settings of poems by Devon-based poet Alice Oswald and poems about the hen harrier by Colin Simms. For this performance, they will debut a brand new set with electronics from poems by UK poet Andrew McMillan around the body.