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.

 

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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).