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Raph Clarkson’s Dissolute Society – Workshop

11th May – Upstairs & Downstairs @ The Vortex, 2pm-8.30pm

Raph Clarkson presents workshops and a gig featuring:

Huw Warren, Elliot Galvin – Piano
Stuart Silver – Spoken Word
Mia Marlen Berg – Vocals

2-3.30pm, Vortex main space – Vocal workshop with Mia Marlen Berg accompanied by Huw Warren

Mia Marlen Berg (Oslo, Norway) is a special musician, a vocalist with an effortlessly flexible voice and someone willing to explore a rich patchwork of musical genres, characters, emotions, textures and sounds. A fearless improviser, she is known for her work as bandleader of the jazz-punk trio Doffs Poi, as well as the all-female vocal groups IKI (which she co-founded) and Trondheim Voices. In this workshop she will work with participants to explore the voice from fresh and unusual angles and create something spontaneous and new together.


Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren has achieved an international reputation for innovative and eclectic music making over a thirty year career. Equally at home crossing the often exclusive

worlds of Jazz, World  and Contemporary music, he has a distinctive and personal voice.

“One of the UK’s truly independent spirits”  Guardian

Huw and Mia feature in an improvised duo on the Dissolute Society’s debut album ‘Soldiering On’, which you can hear at The Vortex the next day on Friday 12th May.

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4-5.30pm, Vortex main space – Improvising with the Spoken Word, with Huw Warren and Stuart Silver

“[Elliot Galvin] reminds me of the young Django Bates, and the impression Django made on me in the 1980s – great improv chops, strong character as a player and a composer, evident love of the jazz tradition without wanting to repeat the past, very English sense of humor. He’s the kind of artist you always want to stay tuned in to, because you know he’s going to keep on coming up with surprises.” – John Fordham (The Guardian)

A longtime collaborator with Huw, Stuart Silver is a Bafta nominated, Perrier award winning writer/performer/producer/director working solo and collaboratively across film, theatre and gallery venues, television, radio, public spaces and in creative educational and mentoring contexts. He created the acclaimed monologue with bluegrass ukulele ‘You Look Like Ants’, ‘what we should have said…’, an original, international spoken word and music event and is the co-founder of (nobleandsilver) – the multimedia performance group.

This workshop is aimed at writers, spoken word artists and poets (and everything/everyone in between) that would like to experiment with their existing work alongside or interacting with improvised/devised music; they are also aimed at musicians wishing to develop their improvisation in response to/interacting with words and text.

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6.30-8.30pm, Downstairs @ Vortex – A performance featuring award-winning pianist Elliot Galvin, Stuart Silver, Mia Marlen Berg and Raph Clarkson in duets/collaborations with each other and with workshop participants.

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N.B. There are a maximum of 20 spaces per workshop. More spaces of course for the gig

Please book via We Got Tickets Link above and provide information on instrument/artistic discipline.

Arts Council Englad

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