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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…

Wed 09 July 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’.…

Thu 19 June 2014

Evan Parker / John Russell / John Edwards / Sam Bailey

Monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. Tonight’s concert will start promptly at 8.30pm First set Sam Bailey solo prepared piano Second set Evan Parker / John Russell / John Edwards Third set Evan Parker / John Russell…

Sun 08 June 2014

Hans Koller / Francois Theberge / Jeff Williams / Percy Pursglove

François Théberge Tenor saxophone Hans Koller Piano Percy Pursglove Bass Jeff Williams Drums For this special Vortex date, Chasing the Unicorn (Francois Theberge [Tenor Saxophone] Hans Koller [Piano] Percy Pursglove [Bass] and Jeff Williams [Drums]) celebrate the music of Thelonious…

Mon 02 June 2014

Nick Malcolm Quartet – Album Launch

Nick Malcolm is an original, exciting and heart-felt improviser. His quartet play original music, mixing a love of free improvisation with more structured playing, merging and deconstructing rhythm, melody and all the points between. The result is an interactive, intense and…

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…

Yazz Ahmed Ensemble: Ahmed Family Hafla

Hafla: an Arabic word, meaning a friendly social gathering, a relaxed meeting of minds, over coffee and dates; a party; a concert. Yazz Ahmed warmly invites you to spend an afternoon with her extended musical family, as she combines her electric…

Sat 10 May 2014

Kit Downes & Lucy Railton’s Tricko Tareco + MOTIF

Kit Downes & Lucy Railton’s Tricko Tareco Having met playing with composer Thomas Strønen, UK pianist Kit Downes and Norwegian bassist Ole Morten Vågan are touring their two ensembles together in the UK and Norway. Tonight’s show will feature one…

Fri 09 May 2014

Darren Hayman’s Occupation: Show Eleven – Sitting Comfortably? – An Evening of Stories and Music

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. This is not your standard indie gig. Darren says “One of the first…

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…

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…

Fri 04 April 2014

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…

Fri 21 March 2014

The Necks

—- Tickets are standing only —- Chris Abrahams (piano) Lloyd Swanton (bass) Tony Buck (drums) “The Necks are masters” The Guardian “entirely unique” Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3 Following three sold-out shows in November 2013, The Necks return to London for…

Thu 20 March 2014

Evan Parker & Black Top

Evan Parker invites Black Top invites Evan Parker. Continuing our monthly residency with saxophonist Evan Parker. Tonight Evan’s joined by Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson. Founded by Pat Thomas (piano/electronics) and Orphy Robinson (vibes), the ad hocBlack Top series is dedicated to…

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…

Tue 18 March 2014

Lotte Anker / Mark Sanders / Adam Pultz Melbye

LOTTE ANKER Danish saxophonist and composer Lotte Anker is known for her intense playing and as one of the strongest improvisers in the freeform & improv field in Denmark. She works currently as co-leader of the highly acclaimed 12-piece group “Copenhagen Art…

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.…

Sun 09 March 2014

Mark Sanders / Pat Thomas / Dominic Lash

Pianist Pat Thomas, drummer Mark Sanders and bassist Dominic Lash take an oblique approach to the jazz repertoire, by turns lyrical, dense and sprightly. Their debut album ‘Skip’ (FMR Records) includes pieces by, among others, Sam Rivers, Ornette Coleman, Wayne…

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…

Thu 20 February 2014

Evan Parker

John Russell (guitar) / John Edwards (bass) / Evan Parker (saxophone) Monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. A major force in European improvising, Evan Parker has collaborated with everyone from Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley & Anthony Braxton, to Scott…

Wed 29 January 2014

Wodraschka / Viltard / Sanders

CHRISTINA WODRASCHKA 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…