Velvet bags, heart shaped scones and Bela Tarr’s Damnation…it must be 14 February 2021...
Ripping it up, going for the burn and pumping the old chapel harmonium again at Stevenson Road, working on a free improvisation piece towards what Lyn and I hope will be our final lockdown project – apart but together – for Les Petroleuses…
Click! is an online series of free improvisation sessions started under lockdown and organised by Phil Morton – in each session duos are put (at random) into zoom breakout rooms to play for around 8 mins. Here on the Improvisers’ Networks Online website is a piece with Martin Hackett on Korg and myself (Gill Whiteley) on digital keyboard recorded live on zoom 15 January 2021
Through last year, I have been part of the 50:50 online Blank Canvas Octet – a project exploring free improvisation in music in a large ensemble context. Since last March, we have done over 40 weekly zoom sessions. The ‘system 50:50` uses chess clocks to bring cohesion to the sound field which can often become cluttered. The result is a dynamic and shifting canvas of sound that allows small discreet sounds to be heard and deeper layers to be felt and expressed. Its been an exciting project to participate in.
Interested in just listening in/ being a member of the audience? Get more info here
bricolagekitchen is now based at CADS studios, Eagle Works, Stevenson Road, Attercliffe, Sheffield – pic features fabulous bit of steelworkers kitsch in the mirror mural on the staircase – maker unknown
Gillian Whiteley and Geoff Bright [the gathering…the chewing] have been part of Phil Morton’s weekly 50:50 online Blank Canvas Octet improvised music sessions since the first days of the lockdown in March 2020. Seventeen zoom sessions have taken place so far with the next live streamed session on Youtube on Wednesday 9th September 2020. Join us then and see/hear how we are working with the affordances and constraints of online platforms as a site for improvisation.
From Bala to Sheffield, Les Petroleuses scribbled, lit the fuse and made a racket – our video with freely improvised sound track was live-streamed at this event 25 June 2020
Under the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’, sonic improvisors are isolated from their ‘playing’ mates – so in March, I started this ongoing series of spontaneous performative drawings by asking people to send me a recording (5 mins max) of freely improvised sound, using whatever they want – voice, objects, musical instruments – see how I responded here
The video performances of my Isolation Improv Drawing series (with sonics by Geoff Bright, John Jasnoch, Nathan Bethany and Mick Beck) will be shown tonight at ISOLATED MASS #9 as part of Kerry Hindmarsh’s online live gigs showing through the ‘lockdown’. Other artists include Ashtray Navigations, Garlic Hug and Jeroen Diepenmaat. Join Telegram app and search for ISOLATED MASS to view at 8pm.
Upcoming J[a]B[a]W performance at 8pm on Monday 27th January 2019 at Notes and Sounds, University Arms, Brook Hill, Sheffield