Interactions – A Mini-Festival of Free Improvised and Spontaneous Music Making, from 19 March

Liverpool Hope University Campus, 19 – 21 March

From Mon 19th – Wed 21st March there will be a series of three evening performances and a Wednesday afternoon workshop programme exploring free improvisation and spontaneous music-making.

The three day event kicks off with a double bill concert on Monday 19th March (7.30pm) firstly with a set by the duo of Trevor Watts (sax) and Stephen Grew (piano) and then with music from Merseyside Improviser’s Orchestra with special guest Steve Beresford. Beresford, a progenitor of the free improvisation movement, will also introduce the series with a brief pre-concert talk at 6.45pm, placing musical free improvisation into its historical context.

On Tuesday 20th March there is a concert by Australian improvising trio The Necks, who make a rare return visit to Liverpool. Forming in Sydney, Australia in 1986, over the last 30 years The Necks have built an international reputation as masters of their own musical language of long-form improvisation. Each night they step onto the stage with no preconceived ideas of what they will play – they and the audience will go on a sonic journey that is created in the moment and in that room. Every Necks performance is a singular event, entirely improvised and working with the acoustics of the room.

On Wednesday 21st March from 2-4.30pm at Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus, the improvisation collective Centrifuge is delivering a free admission Workshop in Free Improvised Music. This session, which will be a mix of live performance (free music improvisation) followed by structured discussion, is open to anyone interested in furthering their experience and understanding of improvised music and you can pre-register for it at: http://www.improvisersnetwork.co.uk/england/merseyside-start-page/item/202-workshop-in-free-improvised-music. 

Interactions will conclude later that day ( Wednesday 21st March) at 7.30pm with a double bill concert by the large improvisation group Centrifuge and then a blistering romp through the anarchic jazz-rock sound world of Leeds-based musicians Shatner’s Bassoon.