Trio of Trios at Iklectik


We are very excited about this upcoming gig at the lovely nearby venue IKLECTIK 5 minutes from Lambeth North. The concert will feature 3 trios in the first performance in London since 2005 for Trio Sowari who are:
Phil Durrant – modular synth
Bertrand Denzler – tenor saxophone
Burkhard Beins – drums/percussion

Also one of our favourite bands from the US Tender Buttons are playing for the first time in London. They are:
Tania Chen – piano and small instruments
Gino Robair – modular synthesizer/electronics
Tom Djll – modular synthesizers and circuit bent instruments

If that is not enough for you there is another trio of:
Steve Beresford – piano and electronics
Steph Horak – electronics
Gino Robair – electronics

They were for me one the highlights of the fantastic Sonic Waterloofestival in the summer.

Beresford / Horak / Robair / Trio Sowari / Tender Buttons event at I K L E C T I K on Sunday Nov 26th. Do come.


Great photos of a great gig!

We asked musician and photographer Martin Delaney to take some photos of out last gig featuring the duo Charlotte Keeffe and Joe Smith Sands, followed by Bill Thompson and then a further duo of Phil Durrant and Mark Sanders, Here are some great shots of the night:

Charlotte Keeffe and Joe Smith Sands

Quick fire interplay between trumpet/flugelhorn and electric guitar – Charlotte and Joe are one of the most exciting duos to emerge on the UK improv scene in recent years.

Bill Thompson

Slowly evolving soundscapes with great attention to detail  –  Bill produced a mesmerising set:

Phil Durrant and Mark Sanders

Phil  and Mark reignited their long standing duo to explore the relationship between #modularsynth and drums:

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Launch night: an intimate space for experimental sound

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Phil Maguire and Phil Durrant

Last night brought free improvisation to Wimbledon and SoundSpace radiated with intimate, warm and haunting music.

The evening started with Phil Durrant and Phil Maguire making music with modular synths and DIY noise instruments. Maguire’s atmospheric rumbling and gurgling met Durrant’s in-between-radio-station frequencies coming from his 0Coast synth. The layers of sound created an envelope of drones and glitches to wrap the audience in a delightful sound world that was enhanced by the warm ambience of Merton Arts Space.

John Edwards at SoundSpace
John Edwards

In the second set, John Edwards fully exploited the wonderful acoustic of the venue, reflecting and expanding the traces of the previous electronic soundscape with his extended techniques. Gently guiding the audience through his unique and personal double bass vocabulary, Edwards brought the space to life. Whispers, clicks, pops, growls and creaks spread out into the room, creating an intimate and exhilarating sound space.

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From left: Richard Sanderson, Sue Lynch, John Edwards, Phil Maguire and Phil Durrant

The second half of the evening started with Sue Lynch and Richard Sanderson on flute and amplified melodeon, creating a finely balanced melodic interplay that affirmed their long standing collaboration. After the delicate exchange of the opening duo, Lynch and Sanderson were joined by Edwards, Durrant and Maguire to create a haunting, laminal blanket of sound, with high pitched flutterings peppered with deep drones and trills. The quintet closed the evening with a final short piece of sustained murmurings, percussive smatterings, poignant peals and ghostly howls. It was fantastic.


SoundSpace Launch Night

feather with words like experimental, improvisation, microtonal, smooth, striated, hum, listening, crash floating around it and the names of artists playing: phil currant and phil maguire, john edwards, sue lynch and richard sanderson

Launch night 11th March 8pm

£8 on the door £6 + £0.60 booking fee in advance Buy Tickets

For the first time, SoundSpace will take over Merton Arts Space and present an evening of improvised and experimental music. The evening will open with the first performance of a new electronic music duo featuring Phil Durrant and Phil Maguire. The brilliant double bassist John Edwards will follow.  In the second half, Sue Lynch (tenor sax and clarinet) and Richard Sanderson (melodeon) will start with a duo, and will be joined by the other musicians for a quintet.

John Edwards / double bass

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.

Phil Durrant / modular synth

Phil Maguire / DIY noise instrument

Phil Durrant is an improvising musician who has performed with Trio Sowari, The Seen, Mimeo, John Butcher and others, playing modular synths, self-designed Reaktor instruments, iPad, laptop and violin.  Phil Maguire makes reductive music with computers and recordings.

Phil Durrant and Phil Maguire bring together their respective practices in a new duo playing modular synths and DIY noise instruments fizz, pop and drone to create morphing mid-long form improvisations.

Sue Lynch / tenor saxophone & clarinet

Sue Lynch performs with Hogcallin’ (with John Edwards, Steve Noble, Adrian Northover), ‘The Remote Viewers’ ,’ The Horse Trio’, ‘The Custodians of The Realm’ and  Helen McDonald’s ‘Future Groove’. She has performed with The Cambodian Space Project (2015) and has recently performed at The Tate Modern as part of of Tarek Atoui’s ‘Reverse Collection’.

Richard Sanderson / melodeon

Richard Sanderson is an experimental improvising musician playing melodeon (a diatonic button accordion) in the Horse Trio with Sue Lynch (saxophone and flute) and Hutch Demouilpied (trumpet), and in a trio with Mark Browne (saxophone and small instruments) and Daniel Thompson (acoustic guitar).