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Jan 28 ~ Feb 1
The Vortex has announced the line-up for iconic UK saxophonist Evan Parker’s fourth annual Might I Suggest festival, which runs from 28 January until 1 February 2014.
Following 2013’s enormously moving run of concerts with the legendary ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra from Amsterdam, the next festival sees a focus on the French musicians Evan has forged musical relationships with.
Free improvised music has accounted for most of Parker's activities for nearly 50 years, whether playing solo or in groups, but both jazz and art music composers have also deployed the arresting physicality of his sound as a contrasting and energising element. A major force in European improvising, Parker is a natural collaborator. Put simply, he's one of the great saxophone players - ever. So, from his wide-ranging travels and experience, he has a unique slant on the European improvised music scene today. The festival is special for this year, as 2014 is the year when he celebrates his 70th birthday. Meanwhile many of these musicians are making all-too-rare visits to the UK.
"Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can't... the point with Evan is, he really starts beyond somewhere even where you could get to and takes it from there, that's the great thing about him. He is a giant." Robert Wyatt
French double bass player, improviser and composer, Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with l’Itinéraire, 2e2m and Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain. Joëlle Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and with John Cage, who has composed especially for her.
A composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, Alex began playing with guitarist Derek Bailey when he was just 12 years old. As an improviser, he was initially principally a clarinettist (sometimes also playing alto sax), but since 2000 he has also been active as an improvising guitarist. Both as a clarinettist and guitarist, his longest-standing collaborations in the field of improvised music have been with the drummer Steve Noble.
Over the years, Michel Doneda (b. 1954) has developed one of the most extensive musical vocabularies in free improvisation. A specialist of the soprano saxophone, he has gradually moved from left-field jazz to the fringes of free improv ever since he began to lead his own sessions in the early ‘80s. His trio with John Russell and Roger Turner has been playing and evolving over many years.
An early involvement with the emerging free improvisation scene (from 1972) led Russell to found QUAQUA, a large bank of improvisers put together in different combinations for specific projects. Then in 1991, he started MOPOMOSO which has become the UK’s longest running concert series featuring mainly improvised music, running a monthly series at the Vortex. He is also now regularly part of Evan Parker's own trio with John Edwards.
Roger Turner is applauded for his precision and speed since he entered the London improvising scene in the 1970s. His restricted drum kit is extended by found objects to create a sound comparable to no other. He’s played with Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Otomo Yoshihide, Shelley Hirsch, Joëlle Léandre, Keith Rowe...
With the support of:
Bureau Export, WDR Radio Cologne, Association Jazzé Croisé
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