Sarah Gail Brand/Steve Beresford/John Edwards/Mark Sanders + Phil Julian & John Macedo 27th May 2017

may 27 julian blog.jpgThe next SoundSpace night will feature some of the finest improvising and experimental musicians around. An electronic duo of Phil Julian and John Macedo will be followed by Sarah Gail Brand and her quartet of Steve Beresford, John Edwards and Mark Sanders.

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Phil Julian & John Macedo

Phil Julian is a UK based composer and improviser active since the late 1990’s. Phil works principally with modular electronic devices and computers. His releases have appeared on labels including Entr’acte, Harbinger Sound, The Tapeworm and Beartown Records. Regular live performances since 2004 in the UK, Europe and North America.

John Macedo is a sound artist from London. He has incorporated everything from acoustic instruments and environmental sound to analogue and computer synthesis into his recorded works, live performances and sound installations. He has a pluralistic approach which reveals the ephemeral and hidden potential in all sounds, environments and technologies, often in intimate, immersive and intuitive ways. He performs solo and in collaboration with other musicians on modular synthesiser and custom-made software and electronics.

Phil Julian and John Macedo have been collaborating on live performances and studio recordings since 2012 using dual modular synthesisers, electronics and computers. “Bind” is their first full length recording, made available by Hideous Replica in 2016

Sarah Gail Brand

Described by The Wire magazine as the most exciting trombone player for years, Sarah Gail Brand has recorded and performed on the international Jazz and Improvised Music since the early 1990s with Mark Sanders, John Edwards, Billy Jenkins, Elton Dean, Evan Parker, Phil Minton, Lol Coxhill, Alexander Hawkins, Maggie Nicols, Rachel Musson, Wadada Leo Smith, Jason Yarde, Steve Beresford and countless others. She appears in Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, series 1 & 2 (BBC TV) and with Stewart in the 2014 documentary Taking The Dog For A Walk. Sarah fronts her own tunes quartet (Sarah Gail Brand Sextet), has a long standing duo with drummer Mark Sanders, a new trio with John Edwards and Steve Beresford and continues to work as a soloist and in ad hoc ensembles. As well as a composer and running her self releasing label Regardless, Sarah’s trombone work ranges from session work to Improvised Music to arranging & playing pop and rock tunes in the brass section for Friday I’m In Love’s ‘Massaoke’. Sarah can also be heard as an occasional presenter on Jazz on 3 (BBC Radio 3).

Steve Beresford

Steve has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years, working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, Christian Marclay and, of course, Alterations.

His work with Marclay has included mixed media pieces like ‘Screen Play’, ‘Ephemera’, ‘Graffiti Composition’, ‘Shuffle’, ‘Pianorama’ and ‘Everyday’. He has also written songs, scored feature films, TV shows and commercials.

Steve has worked with hundreds of people, including The Slits, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Ray Davies, Ilan Volkov, The Flying Lizards, Otomo Yoshihide, The Portsmouth Sinfonia and John Zorn.

He has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, composer and producer, and was was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.

John Edwards

John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, he has played with Evan Parker, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke and many others.

“I think John Edwards is absolutely remarkable: there’s never been anything like him before, anywhere in jazz.” – Richard Williams, The Blue Moment

Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders has been acclaimed as “the most exciting, original and overwhelmingly powerful drummer alive” (Steve Reynolds, Jazz Corner) and his precise and propulsive drumming has graced projects with, to name but a few, Evan Parker, Jah Wobble, Broadcast, Agusti Fernandez, Christian Marclay, Matthew Shipp, John Butcher, Roswell Rudd, Henry Grimes and Otomo Yoshihide.

“ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative, drummer Mark Sanders always outdoes himself,


Visual Treats and Sonic Pleasures

SoundSpace’s second event explored sound and image with Ticklish and Finglebone providing audio-visual performances. Ticks were back with a vengeance, topping and tailing the evening with two fantastic sets. The instrumentation has changed: Richard Sanderson plays amplified melodeon, Kev Hopper is on bass and tenor guitar and Phil Durrant switches between computer and modular synths. But the characteristic squelchy soundscapes remain compelling. Rob Flint’s visuals combine abstract digital fragments with a nostalgic, quirky selection of rabbits, donkeys, hotdogs and more. 

Finglebone played acoustic guitar and effects alongside meditative imagery, looping folky arpeggiated refrains to create a chilled out sound perfect for a sunny Saturday evening. 

Alison Blunt and Hannah Marshall’s performance was beautiful. Their violin and cello duo created an intricate, moment by moment improvisation that explored every inch of the wonderful acoustic of Merton Arts Space. 

Ticklish ended the night with their asymmetric loops, channelling 1950s sci-fi. Smashing!

Ticklish, Alison Blunt and Hannah Marshall, Finglebone

Adobe Spark-6For our second outing SoundSpace presents an exciting line-up of electronic and acoustic music. Get your tickets here.


Phil Durrant (electronics) Rob Flint (video) Kev Hopper (bass guitar & effects) Richard Sanderson (amplified melodeon).


The veterans of the electronic music and improvisation scene return in a new exciting venue…this time weilding slightly different instruments but retaining the distinctive eccentricities of the Ticklish sound; gurgling body noises, startling contrasts in texture and quirky, live film making.

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Alison Blunt (violin) & Hannah Marshall (cello)

Hannah and Alison first met at the Yoko Ono and Fluxus exhibition at the Southbank Centre in 1997. Over coffee they started a conversation that has continued to inspire and support their creative lives to the present day, through explorative playing and developing free and structured improvisation and composition together. They quickly cultivated a rich collaboration and created live and recorded music for theatre, contemporary dance, moving image, spoken word and all manner of experimental performance. Over the years their engagements have included performances and recordings with ASITIS Collective, ‘music terrorists’ string trio Barrel with Ivor Kallin, the soundtrack for Skin and Bones contemporary dance directed by Marie Fitzpatrick for NottDance Fest, Eating Sound Chamber Orchestra directed by Sam Bailey, and concerts with artists including Tony Marsh, Neil Metcalfe, Evan Parker, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, London Improvisers Orchestra, Alison Blunt Ensemble, and Pierette Ensemble. Their last duo performance was 3 years ago at the invitation of Evan Parker at the Vortex Jazz Club and they are relishing the opportunity to meet again in duo on stage at SoundSpace.

Finglebone (guitar, electronics, field recordings)