Comprising leading figures from the UK’s improvised music scene, Union Division present Micromotives: a daring and anarchic approach to collective spontaneous composition, with improvisation and sociality at its core.
Following on from the work of John Zorn, Sun Ra, Christian Wolff, Anthony Braxton and ICP Orchestra, this new practice maintains individual freedoms inherent in free improvisation, whilst encouraging modes of synchronicity and striking structural events that are virtually impossible through improv alone. Players are equally empowered to shape the performance, able to take temporary control, and coordinate the group in various ways. The resulting music often moves effortlessly between cinematic soundscapes, head-spinning grooves and raucous, skronky interplay, each piece being constructed in real time by the hive mind of the group.
“one of the most intriguing collective improvisations perhaps ever seen…this novel methodology could just pave the way for something huge” Roger Farbey, Jazz Journal
Moss Freed, Elliot Galvin, Will Glaser, Dave Smith, Otto Willberg, Hannah Marshall, George Crowley, Chris Williams, Tullis Rennie, Alex Bonney, Sam Eastmond