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Fizzle on Tuesday 5 February

Mike Hurley sends us the news from Birmingham. If you’re around the West Midlands, come say hey to the EMC folk (and find out what ‘objects’ Chris Hobbs decides to use)!

Hope you can make it to Fizzle this Tuesday 5th February at The Lamp Tavern, B5 6AH.
8:30pm, £5/3

Virginia Anderson (clarinets)
Christopher Hobbs (piano, electronics, objects)
Bruce Coates (saxes)

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Look at what the Italians did!

A few weeks ago, we posted a note about a concert led by Giovanni Mancuso in Venice, Italy, here: . Well, some of the concert has been posted on YouTube, including some of Chris Hobbs’ PTO pieces. What wonderful hard work with such little tiny instruments. Thanks for the concert, Giovanni! You can find them here:

Andy Lee at Café Oto

Hi there,

Paul Epstein has written with great news about Andy Lee, the minimalist pianist, who is performing minimal and minimalish music, including Paul Epstein, Alvin Curran, Jürg Frey, and Dennis Johnson, at Café Oto, London, March 8 and 9. Information here: . We saw Andy play at the Third International Conference on Minimalist Music in Leuven in 2011, and have his recordings on Irritable Hedgehog, and can say that if you like your minimalism pianistic and classic, this is the guy for you. Andy is based in Colorado, so Londoners, this is a great opportunity to see him live.

Fizzle off and on again

Hi all,

Mike has sent news of the following cool stuff at Fizzle!

Hello all, the gig arranged for the 22nd January has had to be moved to 26th.
Sorry if this means that you cant make it!

Saturday 26th January, 8:30pm.
The Lamp Tavern.

Mark Lockett(electric keyboards) Trevor Lines(electric bass) Lluis Mather(sax) Ric Yarborough(drums).
Eminent ethnomusicologist and multi instrumentalist Lockett with long time collaborator Trevor Lines and talented young improvisers Mather and Yarborough.

Next gig will be Chris Hobbs/Virginia Anderson/Bruce Coates on 5th Feb.
more info


This Saturday’s improv gig is full of talent, so it’s worth checking out. Also, note that the 5 Feb will be the EMC improv date in Birmingham, with EMCfounder Chris Hobbs (on keyboards and bits), EMCgal Virginia Anderson (clarinets), and EMCdude (the designer of the pretty EMC logo) Bruce Coates (sax). Come along if you can, and say ‘hi’!

Varela plays Shrapnel — update

Hi there,

We just got a cool package of DVDs containing the recordings of Hugh Shrapnel’s Cantation II by Daniel Varela, which we had told you about here. We’ve only seen the video presentation which looks stunning! — and are looking forward to hearing more of this. The new year is bright for experimental music, if this is the way it begins. More soon.

Fondazione Querini Stampalia: Venti Nuovi. Né piano né forte _ mercoledì 19 dicembre _ dalle ore 19

Here’s something from the Laboratorio Novamusica in Venice, Italy. We didn’t get it in time to advertise it, but it’s really useful to hear that experimental and minimal music is live and kicking!

New Music Lab


More fizzles

Mike Hurley tells us things from Birmingham:

This very special gig will be the last Fizzle until 22nd Jan 2013.

Tuesday 11th December at The Lamp Tavern, Barford St, B5 6AH.
8:30pm start, £5/3.

This new trio includes Christopher Hobbs(perc/electronics/objects) who has worked with AMM, Christian Wolff, Gavin Bryars and Cornelius Cardew. Laurence Hunt(perc/electronics/objects) of Pram and The Modified Toy Orchestra and Mike Hurley(piano/perc). This gig will also have a solo set by gifted young improviser Chloe Cutler.

Hope you can make this last gig of the season it as im sure it will be a corker!

Conlon Nancarrow Kickstarter Campaign

Charles Amirkhanian is heading a large Conlon Nancarrow 100th birthday project, which will be funded by Kickstarter. Nancarrow is pretty famous these days, but in the 1970s and 1980s, he was an exciting secret, the composer/trumpeter who moved to Mexico and created impossible music for player piano.

If you’re interested in an all-star project (Nancarrow’s biographer Kyle Gann, the player-piano guru Rex Lawson, and the person who started the Nancarrow bandwagon, Peter Garland, are involved), then help to fund it by 5 November, or all the money goes away forever:

It’s worth visiting even if you’re skint, because the appeal begins with a short taste of one of Nancarrow’s fantastic ultra-boogie-woogies (aren’t they what drew us all to Nancarrow?).

Doom tuba, anyone?

Okay, folks, you may have thought you’ve heard of everything, but Our Friend Mike the Fizzle King sez otherwise:

Hello tuba lovers.

Fizzle this Tuesday 30th October at The Lamp Tavern, Barford St, B5 6AH.
8:30pm start, £5/3.

ORE + Mike Hurley(drums)

Doom tuba group ORE are fresh back from a European tour with the Oxbow Orchestra.
For their Fizzle performance they have kindly asked myself to play drums.

They are really worth checking out!


Smith plays Smith-thinking-about-Alkan

And we didn’t even get Charles-Valentin a card. . . . (No, seriously, these are cool pieces, and Dave’s an exciting player: put it in your calendar!)

Music for yesterday’s Alkan birthday.

A Dave Smith recital at 6.30 (note starting time) on Saturday 1st December at Schotts Recital Room, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB.

The concert will include works of Smith which have an Alkan connection – Al contrario, On the virtues of forests and Inter alia.

Best wishes