Chris Jarrett meets Luca Ciarla
World-class piano and violin. 30 January
No stranger to our shores, French pianist Christine Wodrascka has a reputation as one of the most intriguing and exciting keyboard artists. She understands how to use the piano not just as a keyboard instrument but also as a percussion instrument, aware of how to hit or caress the strings in a way that creates a new language. She has collaborated with most of the leading improvisers around Europe, such as Han Bennink, Mark Sanders, Fred Frith and, of course, Evan Parker.
Since moving to London in late 2007, bassist Viltard has worked with many of London’s best improvisers, forming strong associations with the circle of musicians centred on Eddie Prevost’s experimental workshop, becoming a mainstay of the London Improvisers Orchestra, and playing in a great free jazz trio with Tony Marsh and Shabaka Hutchings that was sadly curtailed by Marsh’s untimely death.
Always searching for new sounds to use within the drumkit and playing in a variety of music settings, the past year has seen Mark working in composed and improvised settings with The ICE Ensemble, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Trevor Watts, Bill Orcutt, Henry Grimes, John Butcher and also as a soloist.