01 settembre 2013

Con il concerto di stasera al Cafe Oto celebra il quindicesimo anno di attività la London Improvisers Orchestra: ai festeggiamenti prendono parte Alison Blunt, Henry Lowther, Caroline Kraabel, Ricardo Tejero, Terry Day, Dave Tucker, Noel Taylor, Rowland Sutherland, Steve Beresford, Harrison Smith, Ansuman Biswas, David Ryan, Nick Malcolm, Manuel Miethe, Cheng-Ying Chuang, Anna Kaluza, amici e ospiti vari. Auguri!

The London Improvisers Orchestra was born from the embers of Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris’s Contemporary Music Network tour in 1997, which featured musicians from London’s thriving improvising community in a group known as The London Skyscraper, using Morris’s ‘conduction’ techniques for large-scale improvising. Steve Beresford, Evan Parker and Ian Smith, who were part of the Skyscraper group, and later also Caroline Kraabel & Pat Thomas, who were not, discussed the possibility of continuing this approach to creative music-making, and of putting together an orchestra of improvisers that would gather regularly to work on various ideas for conducted improvising, but that would also differ from the Skyscraper group in trying to evolve and improve listening and playing skills for sustained and completely free improvisation by a really large group, something that has always been difficult and problematic, but that was felt to be very worthwhile.
For nine years, the London Improvisers Orchestra had a monthly residency on the first Sunday of every month (except January and sometimes December) at the legendary Red Rose Club in Finsbury Park; since the Red Rose closed, this residency continues at the Café Oto, Dalston (quarterly) and in other venues (for the remaining months). Each monthly event begins with a rehearsal covering conducted improvisations and exercises in free improvisation, and then continues as a public performance. Tonight's concert sees the fifteenth anniversary of the remarkable pool of London’s improvising musicians that is the London Improvisers Orchestra – coming from what Evan Parker rightly calls “the richest music scene in the world”.