It’s September and SoundSpace is back!
Our next event on September 23rd features two duos Charlotte Keeffe (trumpet & flugelhorn) and Joe Smith Sands (guitar) and Phil Durrant (modular synth) and Mark Sanders (drums) and one solo: Bill Thompson aka prof_lofi (Moog guitar and electronics).
Bill Thompson aka prof lofi (Moog guitar and electronics)
Bill is a sound and video artist whose work involves the combination of found objects, field recordings, repurposed live electronics, and digital media to create evolving structures for installation and live performance. Thompson creates immersive environments that slowly shift and evolve over time and that focus listeners’ attention on the act of perception as much as on the work itself. Originally trained as a guitarist, Bill has worked with live electronics for the better part of 15 years. Since 2016/17, however, he has returned to the guitar, performing with one built by Moog that combines built in electronics with miscellaneous table top devices, found objects, flashing lights, and the occasional vibrator. Bill’s compositions often involve long sustained tones, slowly evolving textures, and indeterminate or improvised structures.
Charlotte Keeffe (trumpet and flugelhorn)
Joe Smith Sands (guitar)
After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree specialising in jazz performance on the trumpet from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Charlotte Keeffe continued her musical journey and recently graduated with a Masters from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama as a scholarship recipient and Help Musicians UK Award Winner. Charlotte was lucky enough to study with her heroes – trombonist Sarah Gail Brand and trumpeters Noel Langley, Percy Pursglove and Byron Wallen.
Realising her deep fascination for Improvised Music, Charlotte got in touch with guitarist John Russell and helped established the Mopomoso Workshop Group. She plays regularly in the London Improvisers Orchestra and has shared concert bills with the likes of John Edwards, Steve Noble, John Butcher, Steve Beresford and Mark Sanders.
Charlotte performs as a trumpet/flugelhorn soloist, in a duo with Kim Macari Stone-Lonergan, and as part of her Space Painters Trio with two guitarists (Joe Smith Sands and Diego Sampieri). She is also a member of Martin Archer’s Corps Radical quintet.
Joe Smith Sands is a guitarist from London and has played improvised music since 2015. Following a period of study with guitarist John Russell he went on to be a founding member of the Mopomoso Workshop Group. More recently he has worked and performed with musicians such as Sarah Gail Brand, Veryan Weston, Charlotte Keeffe and Alex Ward.
Charlotte Keeffe and Joe Smith Sands @ Flim Flam 28 June 2017
Phil Durrant (modular synth)
Mark Sanders (drums and percussion)
Phil Durrant and Mark Sanders have been performing together since the late 1980s as a duo, trio with Alan Wilkinson, and for many years with Sarah Gail Brand and Pat Thomas in Lunge. This will be performance for new modular synth/drums incarnation.
Born near London in 1957, Phil Durrant is an improviser/composer/sound artist who has devised his own virtual performance instruments using Reaktor.
As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the “group voice approach” style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more “reductionist” approach.
Durrant’s exploration in the use of live electronics to expand the timbre of the violin, evolved into the creation and building of self-made virtual instruments. His live sampling/treatments duo with John Butcher and his work MIMEO, saw Durrant move from the use of hardware to the use of software in live situations. Recently he has returned to hardware and is currently using modular synth and live lecetronics.
Durrant also performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The Seen.
Mark has worked with a host of renowned musicians including Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Mathew Shipp, Evan Parker, Roswell Rudd, in duo and quartets with Wadada Leo Smith and trios with Charles Gayle with Sirone and William Parker.
In situations using composition Mark works in a number of projects including Christian Marclay’s Everyday for film and live music and John Butcher’s Tarab Cuts – both projects have performed major festivals throughout Europe and Brazil. He has performed works by guitarist John Coxon in Glasgow and Sydney playing with the Scottish and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. With New York’s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn’s The Tempest in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival.
Mark also works in the groups of Paul Dunmall including Deep Whole Trio with Paul Rogers, and the ensembles of Sarah Gail Brand, including a long-standing duo. He has a lengthy discography including a solo album, has performed internationally and played at major festivals including, Nickelsdorf, Ulrichsburg, Womad and notably at Glastonbury with legendary saxophonist John Tchicai.