Happy Winter Holiday from the EMC

emc treeYears back, when the EMC was young, we used to send out an email greeting in celebration of the various winter holidays. We had plain text emails in those days, so we made a little tree out of x’s and hyphens. By 2004, we had sent out a Winter Sudoku (see below). But time went on and round-robin email became increasingly disliked, so we dropped our little EMC winter greetings.

But now, with the EMC Blog and EMC Facebook page, we thought it worthwhile to return to this little tradition, and upgrading from text trees to the real EMC tree. We’ve had so much fun chatting to people about experimental and minimal composition and free improvisation that we wanted to wrap up the year by being a bit soppy. We hope your year was wonderful and wish you all the best, musically and personally, for 2014.

Cheers, and best wishes for the holidays,

Chris Hobbs and Virginia Anderson (the EMC)



CHA goes oop North!

Ah, the cobbled streets and tiny pubs; the sound of a slow nostalgic jazz tune under shots of housetops…oh, sorry, that was Coronation Street! Well, the next best thing is happening. Those people who live in the Manchester area might be interested in next week’s Sounds of the Engine House Christmas fiesta, which will feature CHA (Bruce Coates (saxes), Christopher Hobbs (keyboards and percussion), Virginia Anderson (clarinets and other things), this year’s new free improvisation trio, plus Mark Summers (viola da gamba) and David Bainbridge (guitars), on Monday 16 December, upstairs at the Old Nags Head, Jackson Row, Deansgate, M2 5WD. The festivities start at 7.30 and run to 10.30. For information, see http://sotehupcoming.blogspot.co.uk/ and its Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/558273884246823/?notif_t=plan_user_joined . CHA’s web page on the Experimental Music Catalogue blog page is: http://experimentalmusic.co.uk/wp/?page_id=859 . Hope to see you there!

Fizzle’s fizzling out with a melodic trio!

Mike sends us news of some swingin’ C melody action to close out Fizzle for 2013:

Fizzle this Tuesday 3rd December at The Lamp Tavern, B5 6AH.
8:30pm, £5/3.

A special project initiated by Trevor Lines and featuring three varied compositions named Doina 1, 2 and 3.

Paul Dunmall with strings and percussion
Paul Dunmall – sax/clarinet
Trevor Lines – bass
Miles Levin – drums
With viola quartet led by Beth Gifford.

C-Melody Three
Paul Dunmall, Bruce Coates and Mike Fletcher on c-melody saxophones
With Miles Levin(drums) and Trevor Lines(bass).

This will be the last Fizzle concert until February 2014.
More info at: http://improvisationuk.wix.com/fizzlebirmingham