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Centrifuge Workshop: developing an aesthetic II

Posted in Experimental Music, free improvisation, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2015 by electronicmusik

I took part in a fantastic improvisation workshop on Saturday (6th June) organised by the ever enterprising Centrifuge (Phil Morton et al).

Held at the MMU campus in Crewe, it was a chance to play and talk about performance in the here and now. Turned out to be a most thought provoking day with great contributions from all concerned. Took copious notes for further study. Great to perform a duo with Steve Lewis (voice) and a trio with Bruce Coates and Mark Haslip (saxes)

As well as performing Alex Cutteridge took these amazing photos

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Update and recent history – Noise Research / Ian Simpson

Posted in Art, free improvisation, gigs, live music, Noise Research, Sound Art, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2014 by electronicmusik

Here’s an update on my activities in the last couple of months.

Been a busy time hence slow on the recent blog posts !

Perhaps the most significant recent event was my performance with the Rhys Chatham Ensemble in Birmingham Town Hall Symphony Hall on the 7th June. The piece was his ‘A Secret Rose’ scored for 100 electric guitars. It involed 3 lengthy intense rehearsal sessions folowed by the perfomance on Saturday evening. The experience and performance were nothing short of amazing and Rhys Chathams ability to bring 100 musicians from all over the country (and abroad) and create a cohesive unit in 3 days demonstrates his ability as both a composer and facilitator.

I got together with Charlie Collins and Anthony Donovan for a trio performance in Sheffield in May. Held at The Audatious Art Experiments performance space we gave a 50 minute improvised performance with 2 prepared guitars (me and Anthony) and metal objects (Charlie). The resultant industrial metallic drones combined with almost pastoral interludes will be released on Anthonys Classwar Karaoke label in the next few months. There will be future gigs including one at The Vortex Mopomoso night early next year. The trio has been christened Kourozu and we’re very excited at the potential of the unit.

Yeah Yeah Industrial, joint project with Barrow based artist Shaun Blezard, has finally done its debut performance at Manchester’s Noise Above Noise night (The Penthouse Studios) in April. The much talked about Noise Above Noise nights couldn’t have made a better launch, seeing us perform at either end of the studio’s long gallery with the audience able to wander through us. Really great spacial experience we were told ! Many thanks to Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp for having us on and great to be on the bill with Sophie Cooper, Graham Dunning and Colin Webster. YYI also featured in the most recent Metanast night at their 1 Primrose St venue in Ancoats (a converted abbatoir I’m told and an amazing space to perform in). A real pleasure to play with some great friends including Rosanne Robertson, Coryn Smethhurst and Richard Knight. Many thanks to Manoli Moriarty for asking us to perform and the hard work he put into the night. Look out for the next one (they have a FB page).

I played (guitar) as part of the ‘Eternal Return Arkestra of Gizeh’ a four hour continuous improvised performance on the 5th floor loft space at Islington Mill in Salford as part of FatOutFest 2014. It was hosted by Gizeh Records and featured legendary This Heat man Charles Hayward, Manchester’s Horrid and Toronto’s Nadja as section leaders. Another incredibly positive experience for me and many thanks to the guys from Gizeh for the massive efforts they put into it.

Wire Assembly played Mopomoso at the Vortex Jazz Club to launch our CD in February to a very appreciative audience. A nice quality video is on Mopomoso’s You Tube page so check it out. Thanks to John Russell for putting us on us. We also played the Red Deer in Sheffield (June) hosted by Notes and Sounds with a set of compositions (one from each of us) and a set of improvisations. A live recording was made which will hopefully be released at some point.

Along with all this have been the usual Noise Upstairs nights and a couple of Centrifuge nights at Fuel Cafe bar in Withington. Always great fun to play free improvisation on my archtop guitar and a great networking / social scene for like minded players. Check them both out through Facebook. As always its thanks to Phil Morton , Anton Hunter and Rodrigo Contanso for their efforts with these nights.

Thats all for now, gig news coming soon !

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Kourozu performimg at The Audacious Art Experiment in May 2014 (pic Annie Dee)

Noise Research / Ian Simpson gigs for 2013

Posted in blog, gigs, live music, news, Noise Research, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2013 by electronicmusik

Gigs for 2013 so far (keep checking for updates)

20th January – Blank Canvas, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (guitar)

28th January – Open Mind, Fuel, Withington (as Noise Research)

17th February – Mopomoso, Vortex, London (with Kipple)

7th March – Centrifuge, Ducie Bridge, Manchester (guitar)

8th March – Xposed Club, University of Gloucester, Cheltenham (NR solo)

20th March – Acoute, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool

19th May – iSplash – Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (guitar / perc)

21st May – Centrifuge #21, Ducie Bridge, Manchester (Frakture event)

25th May – Chorlton Arts Festival – St Werburghs Church, Chorlton (Wire Assembly)

25th June – Centrifuge #22 – Ducie Bridge – Manchester (guitar / perc)

21st July – Blank Canvas, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (with Wire Assembly)

22nd July – Centrifuge, Fuel Cafe Bar, Withington, Manchester

10th Sept – Centrifuge, Lamp Tavern, Birmingham

15th Sept – Just a Minute, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (Frakture gig)

16th Oct – Acoute, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool (acoustic guitar / perc)

4th November – Centrifuge, Fuel Cafe Bar, Withington, Manchester

20th Nov – Noise Upstairs, Riverside, Sheffield (duo with Herve Perez)

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Noise Research / Ian Simpson gigs for 2012 – 13

Posted in blog, gigs, live music, news, Noise Research, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2012 by electronicmusik

Gigs for 2012 (scroll down for 2013)

15th January – Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (as part of Kipple)

26th January – Islington Mill, Salford (as Noise Research)

2nd February – Kro Bar, Manchester (as part of Centrifuge)

19th February – Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (as Goldilocks Axe Murder)

17th March – The Lanternhouse , Ulverston (as Noise Research)

15th April – Ship and Mitre – Liverpool (iSplash night)

22nd April – Antwerp Mansion– Manchester (Video Jam)

10th May – Fuel – Withington (Noise Upstairs)

20th May – Ship and Mitre – Liverpool (with Id of Mobius)

22nd May – Kro Bar Oxford Rd, Manchester (with Centrifuge)

7th June – Acoute #4, Bluecoat, Liverpool (acoustic performance)

13th June – Noise Upstairs, Sheffield (as part of Kipple)

14th June – Noise Upstairs, Fuel, Manchester (as part of Kipple)

3rd July – Centrifuge, Riverside, Sheffield

25th July – Acoute #5, Bluecaot – Liverpool (acoustic performance)

14th September – Crimson Grail – Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool (with Rhys Chatham)

16th September – Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (duo with Rob Harrison)

20th September – Centrifuge #18, Ducie Bridge, Manchester

6th October – Centrifuge #19, Gregson, Lancaster

22nd October – Notes & Sounds, Red Deer, Sheffield (with Wire Assembly)

8th November – Noise Upstairs, Fuel, Withington (with Wire Assembly)

14th November – Noise Upstairs, Riverside, Sheffield (with Wire Assembly)

15th December – Electronic Organica XII, Britions Protection, Manchester

2013

20th January – Blank Canvas, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (guitar)

28th January – Open Mind, Fuel, Withington (as Noise Research)

17th February – Mopomoso, Vortex, London (with Kipple)

7th March – Centrifuge, Ducie Bridge, Manchester (guitar)

8th March – Xposed Club, University of Gloucester, Cheltenham (NR solo set)

20th March – Acoute, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool

Ian Simpson / Noise Research: Gigs for 2011 so far

Posted in blog, electronic organica, free improvisation, gigs, live music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2011 by electronicmusik

These are the gigs I’ll be playing so far in 2011

28th Jan – Britons Protection, Manchester (with Electronic Organica Ensemble)

29th Jan – Antwerp Mansion, Manchester (with Aht-n)

3rd February – Centrifuge 8, Kro Bar, Manchester (with Frakture)

19th March – Kro Bar (Oxford rd), Manchester (with Richard Knight) – cancelled

25th March – Electronic Organica, Britons Protection (duo with Richard Knight)

5th April – Centrifuge 9, Sleepers Bar, Huddersfield (with Frakture)

7th April – Counting Backwards, Fuel, Withington (with Aht-n)

8th April – Frakture Acoute, Bluecoat, Liverpool (acoustic performance)

15th April – Islington Mill, Manchester (with Fonik)

17th April – Noise Research + Richard Knight (duo) Ship & Mitre, Liverpool

15th May – Frakture 6, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (new improv project)

19th May -Centrifuge 10 (Frakture gig) Kro Bar Manchester

20th May – Open Circuit (with OCRA), The Lanternhouse, Ulverston

2nd June – Counting Backwards (Noise Jam) – Fuel, Withington

13th June – with Charlie Collins, John Jasnoch and Shaun Blezard, Sheffield (venue TBC)

18th June – Lighthouse Media Centre, Wolverhampton (as Noise Research)

26th June – Discus, Sheffield, Venue TBC (with Aht-n)

10th July – Alter Pieces II, St Lukes Church Liverpool (Frakture event)

20th July – Acoute 2 – Bluecoat, Liverpool (acoustic performance)

22nd – 23 rd July – Woodland Gathering, Fellfoot Wood, Cumbria (with Black Forest Orchestra)

25th July – Centrifuge #12, St Annes Church Manchester (part of the Mcr Jazz Festival)

4th August – Open Circuit, The Lighthouse, Ulverston Cumbria (with Focal Gaol)

5th September – Centrifuge, Castle, Oldham St, Manchester

16th October – Blank Canvas (as part of Fraktal with Chris Cundy), Ship & Mitre, Liverpool

8th November – Acoute #3 (acoustic enseble) – Bluecoat Arts Centre Liverpool

17th November – Centrifuge – Kro Bar, Oxford Rd, Manchester

20th November – Blank Canvas (with Aht-n), Ship and Mitre, Liverpool

23rd November – John Zorns Cobra, Bluecoat, Liverpool

Hopefully a couple of gigs in London too, will keep you posted !

Autumn Musical Activities

Posted in blog, free improvisation, gigs, live music, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by electronicmusik

Here s a list of the musical happenings I’ll be involved in this Autumn so far.

18th September – Burst Couch with Aht-n, Klondyke, Levenshulme

http://www.burstcouch.co.uk/

23rd September – as part of Centrifuge, Kro Bar (Oxford Rd) Manchester

http://www.frakture.org/centrifuge/index.htm

26th September – Frakture All Dayer with Fonik / Noise Research, Bombed Out Church, Liverpool

http://www.frakture.org/concerts/2010/st_lukes.htm

1st October – Electronic Organica VII (EOVII) with Electronic Organica Ensemble, Britons Protection, Manchester

21st October – with Janx: The Gathering at The Pilgrim (Frakture Night), Liverpool

2nd November 2010 – with Aht-n at Inclusive Improv (Sleepers Bar) Huddersfield

http://www.inclusiveimprov.co.uk/doku.php/events:2010-11-02_iigig6

18th November – iSplash gig with Frakture at The Pilgrim Liverpool

19th November – Electronic Organica VIII (EOVIII), Britons Protection, Manchester