performance: Call them Improvisors! at Sonorities 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010, at 6:00 pm: the closing event of Sonorities, ‘Call them Improvisors!,’ an ensemble performance led by Evan Parker takes place at the Sonic Arts Research Center (Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland).

See the performance diary for up-to-date info.

[Sonorities page…]
[facebook event page…]

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, I will also be presenting a talk,‘Subject Matter: Improvising Cyborgs,’ at the TWO Thousand + TEN symposium [Paper abstract…].


The final event in this year’s festival is a celebration of improvisation with one of the most renowned free improvisors of our time – saxophonist Evan Parker. A day of workshops and rehearsals led by Parker culminates in a public performance by an improvisation collective especially created for this event with musicians from around the world including Mark Trayle (electronics), Gascia Ouzounian (violin), Chris Brown (piano), Paul Stapleton (percussion), Dan Goren (trumpet), Don Nichols (percussion), Simon Rose (sax), Gustavo Aguilar (percussion), Han-earl Park (guitar), Ulrich Mitzlaff (’cello), Tasos Stamou (zither), Dominic Lash (double bass), Christopher Williams (bass), Nuno Rebelo (guitar), Richard Scott (synth), Steven Davis (drums), Pedro Rebelo (piano), Justin Yang (sax) and Franziska Schroeder (sax).

May I suggest a much more promising line of investigation…. it is the musical process known as group improvisation. This offers an escape from a composer’s inevitable intentions forced on the hierarchically inferior performers (drones?) and leads to a unique sound event made by a group of equal individuals working in social equality in relation to the unique environment (acoustics, listeners, etc.) of the performance. (Evan Parker)

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