St John on Bethnal Green and Bitten by a Monkey present: John Russell. London-based improvised music group Bitten by a Monkey presents an evening of live acoustic music featuring star solo guest, guitarist John Russell. This is the second in a series of acoustic concerts, to be held on the second Thursday of each month. The venue also hosts a licensed bar.
Fete Quaqua 2009 Guitarist and Mopomoso boss, John Russell, brings together another hand picked group of leading international improvisers in his regular three day annual festival - Fête Quaqua 2009 . This year's line-up features the UK’s leading jazz trumpet man Henry Lowther, mistress of Taiwanese pipa Luo Chao-yun, Japanese master percussionist Sabu Toyzumi, German accordionist Ute Voelker, Britain's most loved saxophonist Lol Coxhill, Japanese violin virtuoso Satoko Fukuda, British keyboard wizard Pat Thomas, ideosyncratic French acoustic bass player Jean Borde᷄, fiery British cellist Hannah Marshall, German flautist extraordinary Angelika Sheridan, new UK saxophone and clarinet wonder Shabaka Hutchings and British saxophone acoustics master John Butcher and guitarist John Russell himself. The festival will feature both ensemble and smaller groupings, exploring new collaborations developed over the three days, creating extraordinary, new musical possibilities. A major annual event on the international free improvised music scene. Booking advisable. August 16/17/18 Doors open 8 pm Admission £10 / £7 concessions Three day season ticket £25 / £18 concessions PARTICIPATING MUSICIANS FOR FÊTE QUAQUA 2009 Satoko Fukuda (UK) violin Pat Thomas (UK) keyboards John Butcher (UK) saxophones Sabu Toyozumi (Japan) percussion Jean Borde᷄ (France) bass Lui Chao yun (Taiwan) pipa Ute Voelker (Germany accordion Angelika Sheridan (Germany) flutes Lol Coxhill (UK) saxophone John Russell (UK) guitar Shabaka Hutchings (UK) reeds Henry Lowther (UK) trumpet Hannah Marshall (UK) cello
This month’s Mopomoso concert features four very distinctive approaches to free improvisation. The duo of JEFF CLOKE ( electronics ) and DAVE DRAPER ( guitar ) deftly create a changing tapestry of interlocking sounds that draws the listener into their very personal sound scape. This is achieved through the use of a variety of electronic devices on the guitar and Jeff’s very own ‘Reson8’ process for laptop computer. The trio of DOMINIC LASH ( bass ), DAVE SOLOMON ( drums ) and GARRY TODD ( saxophone ) has been put together by Solomon. He first appeared playing improvised music in the early seventies with musicians associated with The Little Theatre Club and Musicians’ Co-Op before moving on to play with Danny Adler’s Roogalator and The Flying Lizards. Here he is re-united with another musician who first appeared around that time, the tenor saxophonist Garry Todd, leader of ‘The Occasional Quartet’ (CD on Loose Torque). They are joined by the excellent bassist Dominic Lash for a set that should be brimming with energy and invention. MANDY DRUMMOND ( violin / viola ) and VERYAN WESTON ( piano ) are two remarkable musicians with a wealth of experience between them. Another musician who came to prominence in the early Seventies, Veryan has played with a vast array of musicians and performers from Luc Ex to Evan Parker, Phil Minton to Jennifer Pike and from free improvisation to compositions. Mandy Drummond has recently returned from a year long tour with Brian Ferry and has worked with among others, Michael Brekker, Paul Weller, Courtney Pine, Nitin Sawhney, Seb Rochford, Orphy Robinson, Julia Biel, Tunde Jegede and Joanna MacGregor. The duo promises to be an outing full of surprise and invention. After a successful tour of Norway at the beginning the year KETIL GUTVIK comes to London to renew his partnership with fellow guitarist JOHN RUSSELL. A key figure in Norwegian improvisation since the early 90’s, his present and past groups include Eivind Opsvik, Paal Nilssen-Love, Håkon Kornstad, Paolo Vinaccia, Klaus Ellerhusen Holm, Johan Berthling and Kjetil Møster. The duo is a fiery pairing of acoustic and electric guitars from two of the finest.
Guitarist John Russell plays host to three days of cutting edge free-improv at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston ( Fête Quaqua starting Sunday, August 17th ). With leading musicians from folk, jazz, classical, rock, electronica and the avant-garde there should be more than a few musical surprises. As the music is totally improvised it’s guaranteed you won’t have heard anything like it before.
Mopomoso presents an evening of the best in free improv : Barkingside -Alex Ward clarinet, Alexander Hawkins -piano, Dominic Lash -bass, Paul May -percussion/John Edwards -bass, Adrian Northover -sax DUO plus Chefa Alonso -sax, Albert Kaul -piano, John Russell -guitar and Ashley Wales -electronics QUARTET
Bio: Guitarist working in the area of free improvisation