MOPOMOSO Live Concert Series
MOPOMOSO stands for MOdernismPOstMOdernism SO what? and is a name coined in 1991 for the promotion and understanding of freely improvised music in all its manifestations and as a contrast to the then prevailing critical trends. A major part of our work has been promoting live concerts in what has become the longest running unbroken series dedicated to free improvisation in the UK. Our next concert is listed below.
Sunday 16 June 2013
We are very pleased to present an evening of joyful delights and surprises from the world of free improvisation. Eagerly anticipated and not to be missed! NB Scroll down for details of an extra concert on Tuesday and an amazing special offer.
BARK – Phil Marks (drums) / Paul Obermayer (electronics) / Rex Casswell (guitar)
Formed in 1991 original members Casswell and Marks were joined in 1999 by Obermayer to form the current line up. They have released six albums, touring in Europe and the UK. Casswell lives in Denmark where he works with choreographer Lene Boel, Marks in Manchester and has longstanding associations with Stephen Grew, Mick Beck and Alan Tomlinson and Obermayer is one half of Furt with Richard Barrett and a member of Evan Parker’s Electro Acoustic Ensemble. Quick witted, lively and invigorating! http://www.barktrio.com/
Audrey Lauro saxophone solo
Originally with a background in Jazz and contemporary music Belgian based Audrey Lauro now mostly concentrates on improvised music and performing with a wide range of musicians. Her playing employs the ‘deep language of the saxophone from the phrase to sound event through all kinds of atoms and particles’. Delightfully intuitive and inventive.
Gunter Christmann (trombone,cello) / Elke Schipper (sound poetry) / Le Quan Ninh (percussion) / John Russell (guitar)
Effectively a mini concert in itself the last set begins with French based Le Quan Ninh and our own John Russell. Le Quan Ninh is one of the leading percussionists of his generation whose last Mopomoso appearance in duo with Russell over six years ago is still fondly remembered.
Their duo will be followed by the legendary Gunter Christmann (one of the truly great figures in free improvisation) in duo with regular partner Elke Schipper. Of her sound poetry Elke writes:
I want to open the spoken words to their sounds, to emphasise their musical energy, to call forth the patterns, the heterodyning and the mixtures of spoken language as an autonomous poetry, which – on the other hand – can transform to dynamics beyond all semantic comprehension. But – at least – my sound poetry never leaves the building of lingual liability. Even the parts without any obvious wording are still more an unintelligible magic spell than a pure vocal art.? In most of my pieces, written for Gunter and myself, the musical qualities of the language are confluented and confronted with the vocal expressions and rhetorical gestures of the instrumental music. Composition and concept canalise this process between language and music. Improvised interactions give space to develop a very close, direct, even organic dramaturgy of peculiarities and harmony. The border between music and language is not abolished by this work, which is rather exploring and – from time to time – crossing it. Language and music are joined in the search of the archetypes of understanding.
The evening will finish with Christmann, Ninh and Russell playing as a trio for the first time.
PLUS Tuesday 18 June!
Gunter Christmann, Elke Schipper and John Russell will be presenting an evening of film, music and sound poetry. An extremely rare opportunity and highly recommended. Admission on the door £6 / £4 concessions or pick up a free ticket at the Sunday concert!!
Venue ARCH 1, Unit 1, Cranberry Lane, London E16 4BJ
Nearest tube DLR Star Lane
The first ever Mopomoso tour, produced by Sound and Music and taking in seven English cities, has been a resounding success. Hot off the press is this video of House Full of Floors, recorded by Helen Petts in Brighton. See our touring page or go to the Sound and Music website for the full list of musicians and venues.
Many thanks to Ralph Dunlop at Sound Network for providing the excellent DPA microphones for the tour.
Also go to our workshop page for details of Mopomoso workshops happening on the tour and our tie in with Rachel Musson's workshop, currently specifically for saxophonists.
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