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LUME programmers Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts take time out of their weekly
original/improvised music night in Hoxton to present a series of monthly gigs at the
Vortex. Showcasing some of the UKs most exciting improvisers and composers.
Saxoctopus & Alphabets
Alphabets is a new trio comprising three exciting voices in UK and Irish improvised
music, creating music inspired by language, vocalisation & landscapes. The group
aims to reach states of stillness and repose as well as fast instinctive rhythmic
interaction, and to tease out all possible sonorities from their instruments. They
embarked upon their debut UK tour in March 2014, and recorded in July. The three
musicians have distinctive and respected voices in jazz, free music and improvisation
and play together to share a passion for spontaneous music.
Hannah Marshall cello
Lauren Kinsella vocals
Nick Malcolm trumpet
The Saxoctopus was inadvertantly formed when eight saxophonists found themselves
in a room together at a gig in Autumn 2013. A cautionary lesson on the dangers of
social networking banter, they underwent the transformation from Twitter joke to
Real Band when vibraphonist Corey Mwamba offered them a gig at his jazz night in
Derby. A cameo performance with Trio Riot at the Vortex in March 2014 sealed the
deal, and they are performing their first full set tonight. The group showcases original
compositions by its members, as well as being a vehicle for exploring graphic scores
and guided group improvisation. Featuring top improvisers from around the UK and
Scandinavia, this will be an exploration into the outer limits of the saxophone...
Julie Kjaer alto
Mette Rasmussen alto
Dee Byrne alto
Rachel Musson tenor
Tom Ward tenor
Sam Andreae tenor
Cath Roberts baritone
Colin Webster baritone