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Thu 23 October 2014

Evan Parker + Black Top / John Edwards / Steve Noble

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark…

Tue 21 October 2014

Evan Parker + Joe McPhee / Chris Corsano / John Edwards SOLD OUT

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark…

Tue 30 September 2014

Roland Ramanan Tentet

The Roland Ramanan Tentet is a free jazz ensemble inspired by Ramanan’s stint playing in the Peter Brotzmann Tentet. Wailing, whispering; sighing, roaring; this Tentet comprises some of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the UK, Madrid (and beyond)…

Thu 21 August 2014

Parker/Russell/Edwards

The Vortex welcomes Evan Parker for his monthly residency EVAN PARKER saxophone A major force in European improvising, Evan Parker has collaborated with everyone from Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley & Anthony Braxton, to Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt and Squarepusher. He…

Tue 19 August 2014

Fete Quaqua NIGHT THREE

Three nights of cutting edge improvised music directed by guitarist and Mopomoso founder John Russell. Each night will begin and end with a short ensemble piece with all of the musicians, with a changing programme of smaller combinations throughout. Rest assured no…

Mon 18 August 2014

Fete Quaqua NIGHT TWO

Three nights of cutting edge improvised music directed by guitarist and Mopomoso founder John Russell. Each night will begin and end with a short ensemble piece with all of the musicians, with a changing programme of smaller combinations throughout. Rest assured no…

Sun 17 August 2014

Fete Quaqua NIGHT ONE

Three nights of cutting edge improvised music directed by guitarist and Mopomoso founder John Russell. Each night will begin and end with a short ensemble piece with all of the musicians, with a changing programme of smaller combinations throughout. Rest…

Sun 10 August 2014

Death Shanties + Dan Haywood + Joanne Robertson

A night of free jazz and folk out-sounds as Death Shanties launch their brand new LP “Crabs” out on Fuse records. DEATH SHANTIES Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema…

Mon 04 August 2014

Week 1: Introduction to Improvisation

Test Led by critically acclaimed pianist Bruno Heinen, and guitarist Kristian Borring, this course is aimed at musicians who would like to learn more about how to improvise  in a variety of styles including jazz, blues, soul and swing. We…

Thu 24 July 2014

Evan Parker / John Edwards / Steve Noble

Monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. Evan Parker A major force in European improvising, Parker has collaborated with everyone from Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley & Anthony Braxton, to Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt and Squarepusher. He is one…

Mon 21 July 2014

Mopomoso presents Quaqua Anglo Austria NIGHT TWO

We present a two night festival of improvised music, linking up some of the most exiting British and Austrian improvisers around. Each night will have a different programme of smaller combinations plus a large group with everyone playing together. With thanks…

Sun 20 July 2014

Mopomoso presents Quaqua Anglo Austria NIGHT ONE

We present a two night festival of improvised music, linking up some of the most exiting British and Austrian improvisers around. Each night will have a different programme of smaller combinations plus a large group with everyone playing together. With thanks…

Mon 14 July 2014

Audrey Lauro / Olie Brice / Mark Sanders plus Lauren Kinsella / Hannah Marshall / Nick Malcolm

Audrey Lauro, saxophone Olie Brice, double bass Mark Sanders, drums AUDREY LAURO Audrey Lauro is an alto saxophonist with a wealth of experience in the Belgian experimental music scene, having played with Marc Ribot, Veryan Weston, Peter Evans, Carlos Zingaro,…

Tue 08 July 2014

Dave Tucker / Alan Tomlinson / Rachel Musson / Jim Lebaigue + Veryan Weston

A double bill of improvised and experimental sounds, full of surprise, invention, subtlety & wit. Charm School: Alan Tomlinson – Trombones. Rachel Musson – Tenor Sax Dave Tucker – Double Bass Jim Lebaigue – Drums & Percussion Plus Veryan Weston…

Tue 01 July 2014

Kjær3 + Forebrace

Kjær3 is Julie Kjær / John Edwards / Steve Noble Forebrace is Alex Ward / Roberto Sassi / Santiago Horro / Jem Doulton KJAER3 Danish saxophonist, Julie Kjær joins forces with the english powerhouse rhythm section of Steve Noble and…

Sun 15 June 2014

Mopomoso

In a break from their usual programming Mopomoso presents an intriguing concert in two halves, with the first half from the Portfolio Improvisers group and the second featuring three fine guitar players from the UK, France and Canada. Part One…

Mon 26 May 2014

Laura Jurd Quartet + Tandem

Laura Jurd Quartet The Laura Jurd Quartet return to the Vortex with their first official London date of 2014! Featuring first-class improvisers Laura Jurd – trumpet, Elliot Galvin – keyboards, Conor Chaplin – electric bass and Corrie Dick- drums the…

Sun 18 May 2014

Mopomoso

Mopomoso presents an evening featuring four established duos from the finest in free improvisation Phil Minton / John Russell Chris Burn / Matt Hutchinson SQ: Paul Pignon /Thomas Bjelkeborn Jim Dvorak / Harrison Smith Phil Minton (voice) / John Russell…

Mon 05 May 2014

The Bureau of Atomic Tourism: Nate Wooley / Teun Verbruggen / Hilmar Jensson / Andrew d’Angelo / Jozef Dumoulin / Tim Dahl

Andrew d’Angelo: Alto saxophone and Bass clarinet (USA) Nate Wooley: Trumpet (USA) Hilmar Jensson: Guitar (ICELAND) Jozef Dumoulin: Fender Rhodes (BELGIUM) Tim Dahl: Bass (USA) Teun Verbruggen: Drums and electronics (BELGIUM) This powerful band the Bureau of Atomic Tourism –…

Sun 20 April 2014

Mopomoso

Mopomoso, the UK’s longest running unbroken concert series dedicated to free improvisation, presents an evening of sonic delights Neil Metcalfe (flute) / Daniel Thompson (guitar) duo Highly musical and non demonstrative duo that gets to the core of what it…

Mon 14 April 2014

Chris Biscoe / Liam Noble / Dominic Lash / Roger Turner

CHRIS BISCOE Chris Biscoe is a self-taught clarinetist and one of our finest. He started working with Mike Westbrook in 1979 and has played in many of Mike’s projects including The Westbrook Blake, The Cortege, On Duke’s Birthday, London Bridge…

Fri 11 April 2014

Keith Tippett Octet

Following a three night residency at the Vortex in August last year, at which he premiered a new piece; The Nine Dances of Patrick O’Gonogon with his Octet, we are delighted to welcome back Keith Tippett. Tonight he’ll give a trio…

Thu 10 April 2014

Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton

Evan Parker A major force in European improvising, Evan Parker has collaborated with everyone from Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley & Anthony Braxton, to Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt and Squarepusher. He is one of Europe’s most innovative and intriguing saxophonists, which is why…

Wed 09 April 2014

Penny Rimbaud’s L’Académie des Vanités

What was Penny Rimbaud’s ‘Last Amendment’, but is now ‘L’Académie des Vanités’, continue their quarterly residency with further adventures into the realms of words and music or, as Rimbaud puts it, ‘the poetry of jazz and the jazz of poetry’.…

Mon 24 March 2014

Trio Riot + Wolf Suit

Trio Riot Mette Rasmussen – alto saxophone Sam Andreae – tenor saxophone David Meier – drums Trio Riot formed in Helsinki in 2009, since then they have performed across Europe including dates in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and England. Stylistically, the…

Wed 19 March 2014

Alexander Hawkins solo & Wolfram Trio

Part of a Match&Fuse tour                Alexander Hawkins Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a ‘dazzling new…

Fri 14 March 2014

Popside and The Vortex present… Darren Hayman’s Occupation

Shows Nine – Rockets Synth sings about space with special guest Robin Ince Darren Hayman’s Occupation is a series of monthly shows at The Vortex, Dalston. There will be a mix of sets showcasing different albums, themes and special guests.…

Wed 05 March 2014

Alex Ward Quintet & Sextet

The Alex Ward Quintet features several of the most exciting and distinctive musicians on the current London improvising scene, and was formed in 2013 to perform Alex’s long-form composition “Glass Shelves And Floor.” Scored for 2 clarinets/bass clarinet, tenor sax, cello and…